Thanksgiving 'Thankful Pumpkins'

I know Thanksgiving is over but here is a quick little project you can do with your littles next year.

  I was surfing the Internet the weekend before Thanksgiving looking for a quick and easy activity that I could do within about a 40 minute period with 25 kiddos.  I came across this post from Annie Moffat from The Moffat Girls that gave me the perfect project.

Since I knew I was going to be short on time and I also wanted to read a Thanksgiving read-aloud, I did a little prep work ahead of time.  I trimmed the strips, pre-punched the holes, had the green strips cut, and the year written on a leaf.

I know that sounds like a lot of work that second graders could certainly handle on their own, however, time was of the essence that day!

I had the students cut their strips apart first.  This gave me an opportunity to attach one brad and give them the second brad to attach when they were through.

The writing and assembly of all 24 pumpkins took right at 30 minutes. This gave me 10 minutes at the beginning of class to read them a book as well.  It was perfect! They LOVED how they turned out.  They could not visualize how this creation was going to be a pumpkin. They were amazed at how easy it was. These were also perfect because they could slide the strips flat again so it fit perfectly into their folders to bring home without getting bent.  So many of them declared that this pumpkin would be their table centerpiece on Thanksgiving.  Oh my goodness. Love.

I couldn't help but get a little smile on my face and on my heart that someone was thankful for teachers:)

I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day together to think about all that good in your life and are enjoying everything that this Christmas season has to offer!

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