Combine Fall pumpkins and letter learning in a fun find the letter activity that’s just perfect for preschoolers!
Fall is pumpkin time! Time for picking pumpkins, decorating pumpkins, and just playing with pumpkins!
Of course, it’s also time for pumpkin crafts as well.
Pumpkins also make great learning tools, too.
Fun Fall Find the Letter on the Pumpkin Activity for Preschoolers
I love this “letter search” method of learning! I’ve used it several times, mixing up the theme to fit the time of year.
I cut a pumpkin out of orange cardstock paper. I mostly drew mine freehand.
Of course, my kids didn’t think I made them very well and didn’t think they looked like pumpkins.
If your kids are picky like mine, find a pumpkin shape to trace if you have trouble. It’s pretty easy to find a printable pumpkin outline using a Google image search.
I added a little green stem to complete the pumpkin look.
Looking at it now I think it would be fun to add in some green curly pieces. A pipe cleaner would work great, or curling ribbon.
Next, I wrote letters all around the pumpkin, writing several P’s first and then filling in around them.
For George, age 5, I wrote lots of different lowercase letters. He’s ready for a find the letter challenge!
For Louis though, I spread the letters out so there was lots of space. Because he is younger, I only used a few different letters, too.
In the past, we’ve used paper clips to clip the letter in our hunts. I’ve found that its hard for little kids to manipulate a paper clip though.
George has the hang of it, but I wanted to try something else this time.
Louis has also tried clothespins, but that was still too hard for him to pinch. I’ll keep practicing this skills since they are great for strengthening little fingers!
This time, we tried a hole punch for George and just snipping the letters with scissors for Louis.
Using scissors is a somewhat new concept for Louis. So, I wasn’t particular about how he was holding it.
I showed him the correct grip a couple of times but didn’t push it. He’ll figure it out in time.
And a hole punch for George. Wow, that’s actually a lot harder!
It takes a lot of hand strength to push them closed all the way.
George kept halfway punching through the paper and then trying again to punch all the way through.
It made is ten times harder to do it when he didn’t get it the first punch. So I encouraged him to really try hard on that first punch.
It made it easier, but it still quite a task for him.
They went around their pumpkins, finding the letter P and punching or snipping it! It was great fine motor practice with added letter learning.
And P is a tricky letter! Lowercase B and D look a lot like a P does.
You might also remind your child to turn the pumpkin around as they work.
I wrote my letters so the tops all faced into the center of the pumpkin. If Louis and George hadn’t been turning the pumpkins, it would have been easier to mix up letters!
Honestly, the boys didn’t get a big kick out of this activity. They found their P’s and did it, and then they were done.
Just disclosing fully here…
They weren’t too impressed. Maybe we’re past the letter find stage?
Next time, I might need to jazz it up some more!