I don’t adhere to one specific methodology of education, but I am inspired by several educational theories including Montessori, Waldorf and STEM/STEAM Education.
I was trying to find some autumn-themed activities for my preschooler and decided to make a Montessori life-cycle for a pumpkin! I drew some basic drawings with a sharpie and made up this little turn circle. It’s pretty basic, but great for showing how pumpkins grow.
Cut out each piece along the lines, and put the top part over the bottom part. Punch a hole where indicated and put a brad in the middle to allow the top piece to spin over the bottom and show only each photo separately.
Cycle 1: Seed
Cycle 2: Flowering Plant
Cycle 3: Green Pumpkin
Cycle 4: Mature Pumpkin
Super easy to make and a great basis for a good discussion. If you are able, pair this with your own gardening experience during the summer and enjoy this fall-themed activity as you reflect on how your pumpkins grew!