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Five Little Pumpkins: A Multiple Intelligences Book Study

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The Five Little Pumpkins by Tiger Tales and Ben Mantle is a padded hard cover book with bright    engaging graphics that keep little people’s attention and is a perfect way to introduce a Multiple Intelligences book study.

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Verbal/Linguistic:

While reading the book, make sure to stop and “picture walk” through each page. Discuss what is happening in the pictures, the colors of objects, use rich, descriptive phrases such as, “oh! I see there are some fuzzy spiders dangling down from their sticky webs all around the pumpkins! How many spiders are there? Let’s count them together! What colors are those spiders? Have you ever seen spiders like that in real life before? Where?” Emphasize rhyming words and the patterns found within the text.

Make sure to engage their own reflections about the story–“How would you feel if you were those pumpkins? How do you think they are feeling? Which pumpkin is your favorite? Why?”

 

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Mathematical/Logical:

I bought five miniature plastic treat pumpkins that we used to “narrate” the actions in the story. When the first pumpkin is talking in the story, we brought out one pumpkin, then two, etc. In this way, she is able to concretely assimilate what the concept of “five” looks and feels like. When the story was over, we used the pumpkins as containers to practice sorting pom poms by color, which is another foundational math concept. For added fine motor practice, use tongs instead of fingers to do the sorting.

 

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Visual/Spatial:

After doing a thorough picture walk, we picked out a page that she liked best. We then replicated the illustrations using art materials. We decided to use craft sticks, pipe cleaners, orange foam squares, and construction paper:

 

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Musical/Rhythmic:

Many children’s books have a natural rhythm to them, making it easier to pick up a “beat.” You can accentuate this by emphasizing end rhyme words. In addition, you can say the words to Five Little Pumpkins to the tune of “Five Little Monkeys” which they are probably already familiar with. We turned our pumpkins upside down and used them like drums while we were reading the text as well.

 

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Another way to extend the musical experimentation is to fill the pumpkins up with water in decreasing amounts. Fill the first pumpkin up to the top, the second just a little less, and so on until the fifth pumpkin barely has any in it at all. For extra sensory experience add food coloring so it is easier to see the depth. Then bang on each pumpkin with craft sticks, forks, etc to hear the different tones created.

 

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Bodily/Kinesthetic:

There are two types of body learners: those that need to use their gross motor skills (whole bodies) to process information and those that use their fine motor skills (tactile sensation) to process information. Some kids need both!

To engage whole body learning, encourage your child to use their bodies to “act out” the actions from the story. For example, when the pumpkins are sitting on the gate, ask them to pretend they are also sitting on a gate. (That might be tricky…they’ll need lots of balance..whoa!!) As the pumpkins roll down the hill, maybe they could so a few forward tucks?

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Playing a game of “Hide and Feely” is a super way to encourage the visual processing centers within the brain. In effect, you are helping them make the connections to build images in their “mind’s eye.” This is extremely critical in the process of reading comprehension. To play “Hide and Feely” you will need to hide objects, preferably with different textures, inside the pumpkins. Then, without looking, ask your child to place their hands inside the pumpkins to see if they can figure out what the objects are. As they do this they are taking mental snapshots between they way things feel and the ways things look. Some ideas for hiding are: cotton balls, rocks, dried beans, a small favorite toy, pretend flowers, or play dough.

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Intrapersonal:

Intrapersonal learners need time alone for self reflection in order to process information. Make sure your little one has a special comfy place to curl up with their favorite books.

 

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Interpersonal:

Interpersonal learners need to socialize and bounce ideas off of others to process information efficiently. If they are interpersonal AND verbal learners they may need a buddy to talk to about their book. Just sitting with and asking questions about what happened, what they liked, what do they think will happen next, etc. is exactly what they need. Otherwise, just sharing a book with a friend is perfect:

 

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A Sensory Fall

Fall is one of my favorite sensory themes to explore!

Pumpkins, apples, cinnamon, crunchy leaves? What’s not to love?!

Take a look at some brain boosting (and fun!) activities for you to enjoy with your little ones:

For More Information on WHY Sensory Activities are Important, Click HERE

    

                  Exploring Textures:

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                                 Bumpy or Smooth? 

                    

                 Take a Sensory Walk…

                                             What do you hear?      What do you smell?

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What do you feel? Is it bumpy? poky? sticky?

 

 

                                     

                                Squash Painting…

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         Apple Cinnamon Playdough!

                               For instructions click HERE:

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Acorn Jingle Bells

Thread some acorn jingle bells with pipe cleaners and let the jamboree begin!

 

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Fall Rain Stick

For instructions click HERE

 

 

Fall Sensory Bin

This sensory bin contains the following:

mixed dried red and pinto beans, decorative gourds, plastic pumpkins and leaves, white mini pumpkin, dried Indian corn, acorns,

yellow pom poms, whole cinnamon sticks, and fabric fall leaves. We also added an ice cream scoop and two smaller buckets

for fine motor skills and sorting practice.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Looking for Halloween sensory ideas?

                Look No More!…

 

                                              Glow In The Dark Bath Time….

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Add some blue and red food coloring to the bath water….and some glow in the dark spiders for a spooky clean good time!

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                           Halloween Gooey Gunk

For instructions click HERE

 

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Halloween Sensory Bin

This sensory bin contains the following:

green, black, and purple pipe cleaners in multiple textures, glow in the dark spiders, orange foam blocks, orange and green containers with black measuring spoons, large rubber bat, large fuzzy tarantula, orange, purple, black and green pom poms in multiple sizes, green and purple velcro curlers, black foam curlers, chunky orange building blocks, and Halloween themed rubber erasers. These are all stored in a six gallon black container with orange Halloween lights surrounding the outside.

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Rainbootsandrockeships.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This is a for-profit site that I put together in 12 minute increments while my toddler is busy eating a snack. Teachers don’t make diddly and I’d like to retire someday. Please consider purchasing any supplies you would order anyway through one of the Amazon links located throughout my posts!

 

Fall Rainstick

Sound is an experience that is often overlooked in a sensory diet.

Fix that now with a Fall themed Rainstick!

 

Materials needed:

paper towel tube (mailing tubes work much better, but aren’t free!), construction paper, markers, popcorn,

assorted fall nuts, glue (or hot glue gun), scissors, aluminum foil

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              Decorate your construction paper – we just used markers, but you could get fancy and paint, add stickers, or tassles!

            If you are using a paper towel tube instead of a mailing tube, you will need to make end caps. You can do this by either

          tracing a slightly larger circle (We used foam sheets.) and gluing them into the ends. You will need hot glue to make it stay.

           Or…if you dont mind a potential mess, you can roll up a very tight ball of aluminum foil and insert those into the ends.

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Once you’ve glued your decorated construction paper around your tube and placed ONE of you end caps, you’re ready to fill it up!

We used an assortment of popcorn kernels, walnuts, brazil nuts, and almonds frequently found in fall displays at the grocery store.

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                                                                                Add another end cap and you’re ready to Rock N Roll!

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Want to extend the fun? Order your copy of The Nutty Nut Chase!

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Applesauce Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

 

 

Nothing says Fall like the smell of Apples and Cinnamon in the air!

 The following recipe (and many other really awesome sensory recipes) can be found in The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions by John E. Thomas and Danita Pagel

 

        All you need is:

       1/2 cup of cinnamon, 1/2 cup of applesauce, some cookie cutters, a straw and a big baggie

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Pour the applesauce and cinnamon into the baggie and mix it up!

 

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Roll your dough and cut designs using your cookie cutters

 

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Let Air Dry, Add a Ribbon, And Smell the Apple Cinnamony Goodness!

 

Have some leftover dough? Add some water to a pot and simmer…Voila! A House full of Fall Smells!

 

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Rainbootsandrockeships.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This is a for-profit site that I put together in 12 minute increments while my toddler is busy eating a snack. Teachers don’t make diddly and I’d like to retire someday. Please consider purchasing any supplies you would order anyway through one of the Amazon links located throughout my posts!

 

Gooey Gunk

Halloween is the perfect time to engage your child’s senses in gooey, slimy fun!

 

Squishing slime is not only super stimulating to your child’s tactile sense, it’s also an excellent fine motor activity…building tiny finger muscles to be ready for holding pencils, tying shoes, and buttoning coats on chilly days.

Try this recipe for Gooey Gunk from The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions.

 

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Materials You Will Need:

Solution A: 1 cup water, 1 cup white glue, 7-10 drops of green food coloring

Solution B: 1 1/3 cups warm water and 4 tsp of Borax

Peanut was pretty antsy about getting her hands on the goods. The box of food coloring was especially tempting!

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To Make Solution A combine 1 cup of white glue, 1 cup of water, and 7-10 drops of food coloring in bowl.

We took this as an opportunity to talk about what a measuring cup is used for and how to do basic measurements.

I showed her where the number 1 was on the side of the cup. After showing her what “one cup” of glue looked like,

she was able to show me how much water should go in!”

We used  7 drops of food coloring, so if you’d like your slime a bit darker try up to 10 drops.

 

 

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Mix it all up!

We used a large craft stick to stir for easier clean up. This glue is washable and wipes up easily, but if you are using a non-washable glue it is a good idea to cover your work area.

The more we practice pouring and stirring, the better Peanut’s eye-hand coordination becomes!

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For Solution B combine 1 1/3 cups of WARM water and 4 tsp. of Borax in a SEPARATE bowl.

Stir until Borax is completely dissolved…mama handled this part for safety.

(Borax is not kid friendly – please watch them carefully!)

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SLOWLY pour Solution A into Solution B. DO NOT MIX!!!

Roll Solution A around in Solution B 4 – 5 times.

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Lift Solution A out of Solution B and knead for 2 -3 minutes.

Kneading of any kind is a fun to build fine motor skills…especially when you change up your medium. Practice kneading slime, dough, mud pies…and maybe even actual bread! ha!

You can play with it immediately or you can store it in an airtight container or zip lock bag.

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For extra slimy, spooky fun we added stretchy earthworms we found at the dollar store. She had fun folding, smooshing, and making worm prints for over an hour!

In addition to Halloween, this activity would also be fun for exploration into gardening, spring, composting, or worms in general. Change your food coloring dye to black to make it extra spooky…or brown to resemble wiggling through the mud!

This was only one of the super fun, science based recipes in The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions.  Visit www.rainbootsandrocketships.com for more ideas!


Rainbootsandrockeships.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. This is a for-profit site that I put together in 12 minute increments while my toddler is busy eating a snack. Teachers don’t make diddly and I’d like to retire someday. Please consider purchasing any supplies you would order anyway through one of the Amazon links located throughout my posts!