Easy Practical Life Activities With Pumpkin Seeds

Don’t know what to do with all those pumpkin seeds this fall? Here are 5 fun and easy to set up, Montessori practical life activities for toddlers and preschoolers.

5 Montessori Practical Life Activities With Pumpkin Seeds. Fall practical life trazs for toddlers and preschoolers.

My daughter’s great grandfather came to visit us a couple of weeks ago. He brought us a lot of pumpkins he had in the garden and didn’t know what to do with.

Then, a few days back, I asked Tutu to help me remove the seeds from the pumpkins to make our favorite soup.

Tutu was so delighted with her task that she got lost in it for over half an hour.

She took handfuls of pumpkin seeds, rubbed her tiny fingers around the flesh fascinated by the texture and separated the seeds with such care I couldn’t have done it better .

Once she was done removing the seeds she asked me for a bowl of water to wash the pumpkin seeds.

5 Practical life activities using pumpkin seeds

She was so focus playing working with the pumpkin seeds that I knew I had to use them for something else. So it occurred to me that these seeds would be perfect for practical life activities.

Practical life activities are great for developing concentration, fine motor skills and coordination. And while we do most of our practical life work by involving her in cooking, I also like to set up different practical life activities in our shelves.

These activities are perfect for fall themed shelves for both toddlers and preschoolers. All you need is a few kitchen supplies and pumpkin seeds.

Montessori practical life pumpkin seeds washing

1. Washing pumpkin seeds

This was purely my daughter’s idea. She loves integrating water into her activities and she was busy washing pumpkin seeds for at least 30 minutes.

How To: To prepare this activity simply cut a pumpkin and remove the seeds (or invite your child to remove them with a spoon if he is old enough). Place the seeds in a bowl of water and let your kid enjoy.

Benefits: This activity is not only a nice twist to a simple vegetable wash activity but also makes a fun sensory experience for young kids.

Montessori practical life pumpkin seeds spooning

2. Spooning pumpkin seeds

How To: To set up this activity prepare two small glass bowls next to each other. Fill the left bowl with pumpkin seeds and place a spoon in from of the bowls.

If your child is not familiar with transferring activities model the activity and then invite your child to transfer the pumpkin seeds herself.

Benefits: Having your child transfer from left to right prepares him for reading and writing.

Spooning activities are a typical Montessori practical life activity.  Learning to use a spoon correctly is not only useful for eating but also prepares those little hands for learning to write.


3. Pouring pumpkin seeds

My daughter enjoys having materials that make different noises and feel different in her practical life activities. Pouring pumpkin seeds was a big hit with her.

How To: Simply set up two pitchers or a pitcher and a glass next to each other. Fill the left pitcher with pumpkin seeds and invite your child to pour the seeds.

If they spill some pumpkin seeds model how to pick them up and put them back in the pitcher, they will catch the idea and do it next time.

Benefits: This activity is a fun way to teach kids how to pour. Children will also work on their pincher grasp when they have to pick up the spilled pumpkin seeds.

This pouring activity is perfect for younger toddlers who are starting to work on pouring since there won’t be a big mess if they spill the pumpkin seeds.

Montessori practical life pumpkin seeds transfer with tongs

4. Transferring pumpkin seeds with tongs

This was my daughter’s favorite one! She enjoying moving handfuls (literally because our tongs have two little hands) from one bowl to the other.

How to: To prepare this activity place two bowls next to each other. Fill the left bowl with pumpkin seeds and place tongs in front of the bowls.

This activity can be frustrating for a toddler is you don’t own good, soft tongs. Bare in mind that it takes a lot of practice for toddlers to be able to use tongs and they can get tired fast.

Benefits: Using tongs strengthens those little hand muscles and helps to prepare them for writing.

Montessori practical life pumpkin seeds transfer with tweezers

5. Transferring pumpkin seeds with tweezers

This activity is an alternative to using tongs for transferring. Using tweezers is harder than using tongs so this activity is aimed to older toddlers or preschoolers.

My 2.5-year-old daughter started using tweezers a few months ago but she gets really tired and sometimes very frustrated when using them and certainly prefers using tongs.

How to: Place two bowls next to each other. Fill the left bowl with pumpkin seeds and place the tweezers in front of the bowls.

Benefits: Using tweezers has the same benefits as using tongs, strengthens those little hand muscles and helps to prepare them for writing.

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Your Turn

What do you do with your pumpkin seeds? Share your ideas in the comments bellow.

Note: The activities on this page should be done under parental supervision and discretion should be used to determine if this activity is age appropriate for your child.
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