We had a wonderful time at the pumpkin patch a few weeks ago.
A local business plants a large field of pumpkins every year. In October, they open it up to the schools as a field trip destination. They provide an excellent learning experience for the children and they are very generous hosts. After getting off the bus, we sat down and listened to a presentation on the pumpkin life cycle.
As the presenter spoke, they passed around little sponge-filled jars containing sprouted pumpkin seeds.
Afterward, we tromped off to the field where each child selected a pumpkin to take home as a memento. The workers cut them and wiped them off before placing them in bags for the kiddos. Before leaving school, we reminded the children not to choose a large pumpkin as they would be responsible for carrying it back to the classroom. It's a long walk from the bus stop back to our room.
After everyone had their prized pumpkin, we walked back to the parking lot where the employees served the children cookies and juice. Yummy!
Next, we took a group picture and then each child was photographed individually standing next to a scarecrow. Then it was time to get back on the bus and head home.
In August, I ordered some cute Halloween stickers from Oriental Trading Co. After we got back to class, we gave each child a packet of the stickers. They had a ball creating their own pumpkin faces with them.
What a fun and memorable day!