8-11-98 Original Author
Buy some small plastic
jack-o-lanterns that are meant to be filled with treats. Fill them with
cotton balls that have been perfumed with scents from the pantry (pumpkin
pie spice, apple pie spice, peppermint extract, lemon peel, orange peel,
etc.). Put these in the sensory center. Children can enjoy smelling the
Activity added 8-11-98
Original Author Unknown
Put several mini pumpkins, small
gourds, and Indian corn in a basket with magnifying lenses. Put the basket
in the sensory center. Children feel the different textures, look at a
variety of colors, and examine them close up with the magnifying lenses.
Autumn leaves, pine cones, and nuts can be added.
added 9-28-98 Original
Have each student plant a
pumpkin seed in a ziploc bag with a little dirt and water. (Soak the seeds
in water overnight first.) Zip the bags tight, hang them up somewhere and
they require no further maintenance. The bags will fog up and clear up and
you can explain to your class how it is similar to clouds and rain. The
ziploc bag is like its own little world. The other really awesome aspect of
the bags is that you can see the seeds open and the roots grow down and the
sprout grow up. Send the plants home shortly after they sprout, because they
need to be transplanted.
Monster Plant added
Need: A natural sponge (not man made);
bird seed; water; 2 cardboard eyes; 2 toothpicks; string.
Directions: Tie the string around the sponge
leaving 6 inches of string loose at the top so you can hang the sponge.
Soak the sponge in water. Sprinkle bird seed on the sponge.
Stick toothpicks into your cardboard eyes and then stick them into the
sponge. Hang in a sunny window. Spray the sponge everyday with water.
Need: Pumpkins, spoons, scissors,
tweezers, plastic or paper cups for collecting seeds, and plastic or rubber
Directions: Cut several pumpkins in half
(vertically) and place 3 or 4 at a time in the sensory table form the kids
to explore. Have enough halves ready so that each child gets a chance
to explore a relatively fresh one. Provide spoons, scissors, tweezers,
plastic or paper cups for collecting seeds, and plastic or rubber gloves.