Thursday, October 1, 2009

Snow Pumpkin

For stART this week (story + art, hosted by A Mommy's Adventures), we read Snow Pumpkin, written by Carole Lexa Schaefer, and illustrated by Pierr Morgan. It is a story about an October snow, and a pumpkin which seems to have a face. We picked it out at the library, after noticing the dusting of snow on the mountains, and hearing the weekend forecast for snow on the valley floor.

The two pumpkins growing in our own sad little patch, are still quite green, and neither seems to have a face. So, the little ones made their own snow pumpkins out of paper plates, using glue, tissue, and construction paper.

We used water down glue, instead of glue sticks, so they could "paint" the glue on to the plates, and then they pressed on orange tissue paper, and glued on the construction paper stems.

When their pumpkins were dry, they added on faces with pumpkin seeds, pom poms, and googly eyes.

Finally, I helped them pull apart a few cotton balls to glue on for snow.

The older children, cut a paper snowflakes, to place around the pumpkins, just like in the story.

And, while the children would love to see an early snow, I'm hoping, for the sake of our real pumpkins, that it stays in the mountains for a few more weeks.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Susana said...

LOVE your pumpkins and thanks for this book title!

Your header is yummy:-).

growing and learning by leaps and bounds said...

we love that book! great snowflakes and snow pumpkins!

SmartPumpkin'sMom said...

How cool! Pumpkins came out great!

Virginia Lee said...

Too cute! The pumpkins look great. Good luck on the snow holding off.

Michelle said...

This project came out so good! I love the pumpkins with a little bit of snow on them!!! Thank you for linking up :0)

Rebecca said...

Those pumpkins are so cute!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

It's a great project for little ones - the pumpkins turned out so nice and colorful. Hopefully your pumpkins will hurry up and turn orange before the snow comes.

Stacy said...

This is such a great craft....can't wait to try it with my little one. Thanks for the book idea...I'll have to look for it at our library.