October homeschooled preschool was another month of learning the basics to get both kids on the same track for further learning at home. In September we learned primary colors in our homeschool preschool, and this month we’re learning about combining two colors to make a secondary color. If you’re not all that up to date on the color wheel, secondary colors are orange, green and purple. Perfect for the month of October!
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Fine Motor Skill Activities
Cotton Ball Spider Webs
- Cotton balls
- Sticky backed craft foam or black paper and glue
- Fake spider
Preschoolers work on their fine motor skills by pinching the cotton balls and sticking them to the paper. Cotton balls won’t stick to each other so they’ll have to squish the cotton into each available space on their paper to get it all covered with “web.” Add a fake spider and they’re done!
A Pumpkin Patch at Night
- Orange Paper
- Halloween Foam Stickers
Cut a pumpkin shape from the orange paper. Don’t worry about getting the perfect shape, preschoolers won’t mind if the pumpkin isn’t completely round. Tell the kids to create a pumpkin patch at night using the foam stickers. Peeling the paper off the back of the stickers and placing them on the paper is good for those little hands!
- Black Canvas
- Green and Orange Paint
- Artificial Flower Blooms
- Wiggle Eyes with Sticky Back
Using the flower blooms as paint-brushes, dip the blooms into the paint and press onto canvas. The globs of paint left by the blooms will be your monsters. Add wiggle eyes once all the monsters have been painted on the canvas.
Gross Motor Skills
Get the whole body moving with a pumpkin hop! Place pumpkins on the ground in a line. Separate each pumpkin by about three feet, or closer for older kids. Have the kids hop over each pumpkin. Have a contest to see who jumps the fastest, the highest, or the slowest!
Pumpkin Patch Farm Field Trip
This month our field trip was to a working farm and pumpkin patch. A local dairy farm opens its doors to families each year for a pumpkin patch full of education and fun! The dairy farm has a large barn full of cows that can be seen from the hayride. Kids can try to rope a straw bale bull, milk a fake cow, or slide down the cottonseed mountain on sleds. Weekday groups are shown a presentation on How Seeds Grow, and on the way out, each child is able to pick out a small pumpkin to take home.
Now that we had our pumpkins, it was a great time to do our sensory activity! We predicted what color we thought we’d see inside the pumpkin before we opened it, and talked about the outside color. I talked to the kids about how red and yellow together make orange. My preschoolers loved using their hands to scoop the slime and seeds into a bowl, and later they each had a piece of pumpkin pie.
This month we continued to work on colors, fine motor skills, and fall crafts. Next month in November, we’ll be learning shapes starting our letters A, B, C and D. We’ll also do some fall baking, and a turkey craft!