Welcome leaves, pumpkins and fresh apple cider!
I think that you’ll enjoy using each of these fall creative thinking activities. They will turn those ’down and boring times’ into highly productive and creative ones. It’s amazing that such a small, fun-filled investment of your time pays such big dividends in your child’s thinking abilities!
Ever heard of a Pumpkin Tree? (A fall Making a Mind Movie scenario)
You are looking out of your window one fall morning and are so surprised to see that a new, very strange tree has just appeared in your backyard. It definitely doesn’t look like any tree that you’ve ever seen before. You also notice that it has a very weird shape to it and that it’s leaves are not green. But the most amazing thing is: there are tiny pumpkins growing on all of it’s branches and each pumpkin has two eyes and a mouth! What are you going to do? Should you be afraid? Is it a plant or an animal? Have you just discovered a new species?
Think about it – - – - then share your ’mind movie’ with your family. ( It would also be fun to create a movie poster.)
What a Pumpkin!?!?
How many different ways can you think of to decorate a pumpkin? Together with your child, brainstorm various ways that they could transform a plain pumpkin into an “original-for-sure-no-one-else-thought of this” work of art. Then have your child make one or more of these creative pumpkins to help decorate your home for fall. You can use paints, ribbons, yarn, leaves, feathers, or any other art supplies that you can think of. Beautiful or wacky, silly or stylish, who cares because it’s an original!
Have fun reading:
Jeb Scarecrow's Pumpkin PatchYour children will love this story about a very clever scarecrow who uses his creative thinking skills to outwit a flock of crows that are trying to destroy his family’s pumpkin patch. After reading the story, have your children think about other ways that Jeb could have saved the pumpkin patch from the pesky crows.
Pumpkin Jokes :)
What is huge and orange and good at math? (The Great Pumpkin with a calculator)
How does a pumpkin get down from a tree? (He sits on a leaf and waits for the fall)
Why did the pumpkin paint her toenails red? (So she could hide in an apple tree)
How do you mend a broken pumpkin? (With a pumpkin patch)
What is as big as the Great Pumpkin but doesn’t weigh anything? (His shadow)
What vegetable does a pumpkin turn into when an elephant steps on it? (Squash)
What if pumpkins were an animal instead of a fruit? What would yours look like? Would it be a pet?
What if pumpkins were no larger than grapes, would they still be useful? Why or why not?
How many words can you and your children come up with using only the letters found in ‘a tasty pumpkin pie’. What are the shortest and longest words that you thought of? Can you make a sentence from the letters?
Would You Rather Be….
This activity is great to use anytime or anywhere. You simply ask, “Would you rather be a _____ or a _____? Why?
Here are some fall choices to begin the fun, but your children will soon be coming up with their own:
- pumpkin or apple
- leaf in a tree or leaf on the ground
- decorated pumpkin or jack-o-lantern
- carmel apple or pumpkin pie
Creative thinking activities like the ones above help and encourage your children to become CREATIVE THINKERS, which leads to all kinds of success, but I’ll leave THAT for another blog post!
I hope you enjoy this colorful season of autumn with your children as you inspire them to think…imagine…create!