Spaghetti Pumpkin Patch


As I'm sure you know by now, we are massive fans of craft supplies from Baker Ross. You may have seen our Autumn craft post where we painted hedgehog tealight candles. 

This time we were sent some polystyrene pumpkins for Emily to decorate. She had lots of painting the pumpkins, I was so surprised at how well she did. She held the paintbrush carefully and confidently. When she got bored of that, she decided that it was much more fun to dip the pumpkins in the paint. Which gave this really cool marble look once they had dried. I'm a big believer in letting your child lead the activity, the best way for a child to learn is through play. This in mind I completely let her take the activity where she wanted regardless of the mess I had to clean up after. 



 I did initially think that this craft would be a little hard for Emily, but we made it work, and I had a plan for these little pumpkins (you'll see below if you keep reading). I do this would be a brilliant activity with older children too, I am sure they would have great fun painting faces on the pumpkins, and creating different designs. Emily was just interested in using as much paint as possible, and the feeling it created. She absolutely loved squishing the paint between her fingers. 

So here is what we decided to do with the pumpkins, Emily painted 3 so I painted the other 3 like traditional jack-o-lantins. Orange and black faces. I then made some green spaghetti and placed the pumpkins inside recreating a pumpkin patch! 


The last time I did spaghetti play with Emily was when she was 6 months old. It is safe to say it is still an activity she absolutely loves. It is so simple to make too, just cook the spaghetti like you normally would, add some food colouring and then if it gets a little sticky add some water or a teaspoon of oil.


Emily loved placing the spaghetti ontop of the pumpkins, asking me where they had 'gone' and then digging them out again. She found this highly amusing, and really enjoyed picking up strands of spagetti. This is great for her motor skills, by doing it she was developing small muscles through mixing, gripping, picking out individual stands, and squishing. This activity is also brilliant for developing their language skills. I played with the spaghetti with Emily and let her lead the activity, when she covered the pumpkin and told me it was 'gone' she was starting a conversation. It became the perfect opportunity for me to uncover the pumpkin and describe what it felt like, squishy, cold, sticky, slimey and a range of other descriptive words.

So what do you think of our pumpkin patch? Leave us a comment and let us know. 
*I wasn't paid for this post. I received the item for the review purposes. However all opinions are completely my own.*

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