Fun With Scissors
Give children paper in several colors cut to moderate size for easy handling. Each child cuts pieces to put into his bag. This is simply practice in cutting skills. You can have example shapes and cutouts for the children to see, like pumpkins, leaves, corn, etc.. But the fun is letting them experience cutting, and taking their bags full of cutouts to show.
large bowl or pan
Have a large pumpkin put in a large bowl
or pan. Cut off the top, and enough area to allow arms and hands to reach in. Have the child reach in and feel all the different textures, let them pull out the seeds and feel the pulp. Discuss the different senses that they are experiencing. Wash hand and go to a table. Give the child a large piece of paper with a pumpkin drawn on one side. Have them draw in the things that they saw, and have them color the pumpkin. On the other side of the paper draw lines across. Have the child describe what they sensed. "It was squishy.","The seeds were hard.","It smelled funny", and so on.... (If the child has trouble describing, you can help by asking questions such as: "How did it smell?",
"What did the inside feel like?", "What were the seeds like?"