It’s that time of year again. For like 20 years (yes, I am getting old!) I’ve been telling you to do pumpkin pounding!
Here’s what I told you back in 2009. I swear I was 20 at the time. 😉
It’s that time of year again, and few things are as fun as pounding pumpkins. Gather up some golf tees and a mallet (or a hammer and nails for older kids), and let each child pound the tees into a pumpkin. Push the tees or nails in a bit to get them started, so the kids don’t have to hold them and risk pounding fingers (you can also hold them in place with a clothespin instead of fingers). They can do patterns or just pound randomly. This is a fabulously satisfying sensory integration activity for toddlers to teens. It’s silly fun!
And another time…
Poke, pound, pester and pulverize your leftover pumpkins! Have you tried this yet? I’ve been telling you to do it for years and it’s such outrageous fun. Make designs, spell out words, nail pretty leaves in patterns, try pounding different objects in, pull the pegs out and leave cool hole patterns and just pound them…
Here’s a fun little activity my girls and I made up yesterday. Newspaper acting!
I grabbed a copy of our local newspaper and a few junk mail flyers and challenged them to read lines in all different types of voices. For instance, Victoria read a sentence about a basketball game as if it were an ad for a horror movie. Anna read a sentence about a city council meeting as if it were heartbreaking news. I read a sentence about a budget proposal with terrible rage. 🙂
Want to play along? Just grab some really boring or random reading materials like newspapers, ads and magazines. Even homework pages would work!
Here’s some suggested voices and styles:
As if it’s the funniest thing you’ve ever read
Like an action movie preview
In the voice of an evil genius
With great rage
As if you’re heartbroken
With a strong, funny accent
As if it’s a children’s book for very young kids
As if you’re super excited
With terrible sorrow
As if it’s a line in a romance movie
Like you’re terribly scared
We had so much fun doing this! We were all laughing like crazy and the girls have asked repeatedly to do some more.
“Draw a crazy picture, Write a nutty poem, Sing a mumble-gumble song, Whistle through your comb. Do a loony-goony dance ‘Cross the kitchen floor, Put something silly in the world That ain’t been there before.” ― Shel Silverstein
The kids and I got a fun pirate book recently and inside was a chart to help you find your pirate name. Unfortunately, their chart left us a bit flat (9 out of 10 names were for boy pirates, for instance!) so we came up with our own pirate name generator.
To find your pirate name:
Pick 3 numbers, each one ranging from 1-10 (you can use the same number more than once).
If you’d like a boy pirate name, pick a number between 1-5 for the last number.
If you’d like a girl pirate name, choose a number between 6 and 10 for the last number.
Then find the word that corresponds from each list:
For instance, if your child chose 147, She’d be Big Boot Bonny. 752 would be Green Leg Willy. 333 would be Blue Belly Bart. And so on.