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Outdoor Play: Pumpkin and Leaves Blog Hop + Free Backyard Pumpkin Hunt


In the spirit of outdoor pumpkin fun, I looked back at photos from our pumpkin patch visit with Wild Thing two years ago, right after he turned 1. It amazes me to think that just two years later, we will head to the pumpkin patch this weekend with an almost 3 year-old and not quite 15 month old. As they say, time flies...
 
Even though we have not gone to the pumpkin patch yet, we are enjoying some creative, outdoor pumpkin fun in our own backyard and neighborhood that is absolutely free! No money spent, nothing special bought just a simple upcycle of our milk jug tops, which, conveniently, happen to typically be orange!


We are doing pumpkin hunts in our own backyard and on our neighborhood walks. A bonus to hiding these pumpkins and taking them along on walks is that it does not really matter if the pumpkins get lost. (On walks, I hide the pumpkins along the way and Wild Thing finds them on the walk bake home). 




Another bonus is that these simple, homemade jack-o-lanterns offer is reinforcement of shape learning as Wild Thing would tell me if he wanted triangle, square, rectangle or circle eyes and noses. He also likes to match his jack-o-lantern milk caps with the jack-o-lanterns in this book we checked out at the library. 


What pumpkin fun have you been having? Have you been to a pumpkin patch yet? Do you make jack-o-lanterns?

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  1. I love the milk cap pumpkins--very cute! It would be really fun for the kids to hunt for them.

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  2. Ooh what a genius and perfect idea - to a) make the mini pumpkins ad be have a hunt!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  3. I just love all bottle top fun, so I love your bottle top pumpkins - what a great idea :)

    Georgia

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  4. Using the tops to make pumpkins is a great idea! We save our red yogurt tops to do math sum exercises,, but I was thinking of crafting with them- we could totally paint them orange to do a pumpkin patch hunt. :)

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  5. that is super smart - and what fun hunting for them!

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  6. We have done some leaves but not much else.

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  7. Love the milk cap pumpkin. It is a great idea. We have done some leaves but not pumpkins yet. maybe today we will do that!

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  8. I love your lid hunt idea! What fun! Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I am going to share this on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page tonight.

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  9. Very fun (and easy on the pocket too). Love it. I'm featuring this post as part of my round up of this week's Kids' Co-op (and pinning). xoxo P

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  10. oh that looks so much fun - what a great idea!

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  11. Love the milk cap pumpkins! I have never seen that done before. Having a hunt for them would be so much fun! Thanks for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop!

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  12. Great activity! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library.

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  13. Wow! Just love this! What a fun way to get outside! Thanks so much for linking up to Discover & Explore!

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