Do you still have some pumpkins hanging around and you are not quite sure what to do with them? Every year I have intentions of carving or even prepping our extra pumpkins for baking, but this particular year (back in 2010) it just was not going to happen. Then I remembered my friend who did this fun activity with her sons the year before. Such was such a perfect activity for my son at the time and I am now considering doing it again with my soon to be 3 year old daughter!
This is a very simple activity and my son had a blast. In fact, he is almost 10 and I bet he would still love this! The other cool thing about this activity is that there are some great benefits. It will help them work their hand eye coordination, balance and so much more.
What You Need:
- Pumpkin, squash, empty egg cartons, log or even an old tree stump
- Nails or golf tees
- Hammer, mallet, or something hard enough to hit nails with
*Supervision needed for this project….obviously! Hence, why there are only 2 pictures! 😉
Step 1: Find a safe location to start your project (garage, corner of backyard, etc.) It was freezing outside, so we used a large pan in the middle of an empty kitchen floor.
Step 2: Give your little worker his tools and demonstrate them if necessary.
Step 3: Let him/her keep hammering away until they start loosing interest.
Step 4: Don’t forget that if they want, they can pull the nails out, too!
I bet this could also be done using a watermelon, squash or any other large fruit or vegetable with a hard shell and a sturdy bottom.
What are your favorite fall busy activities for your children?
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megan @ homemade ginger saysNovember 13, 2010 at 9:56 am
my daughter would love this! thanks for sharing!