Tot School Ideas: Pumpkin Activities and Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

It’s a great time of year to have a pumpkin themed Tot School. This week I’ve rounded up some of the best fine and gross motor skills activities and crafts I could find. And as usual I’ve thrown in some links to Pumpkin themed printables, books yummy snacks so you have everything you need for an Pumpkin Tot School.

Pumpkin fine motor activities

These pumpkin activities for toddlers look like so much fun! Click on the image to find out how to set them up
Fine motor skills are an important part of your tot’s development, because without them they won’t be able to write, grasp small objects or fasten zips on their clothing.

Here are some wonderful pumpkin fine motor activities for them to have fun with:

  1. Simple pumpkin counting from Simple Home Blessing
  2. DIY pumpkin pie play dough from Tinkerlab
  3. Pumpkin spice marshmallow dough from Housing a Forest
  4. Clay pumpkins from Joyfully Weary
  5. Pumpkin hammering from Preschool Powol Packets
  6. Felt board silly pumpkin faces from Tiny Sidekick
  7. No carve pumpkin decorating from Tinkerlab

Pumpkin gross motor activities

We must not forget about helping develop the larger muscles needed for gross motor skills and encouraging climbing, running, crawling and jumping. Here are some wonderful apple gross motor activities to get your little one up and moving.

  1. Planting pumpkin seeds in a pumpkin from Daniel 4s Mom
  2. Pumpkin relay from The Preschool Toolbox
  3. Ghost bottle bowling from No Time for Flashcards
  4. Pumpkin bowling from Little Bins for Little Hands
  5. Hide and go seek the pumpkins from Preschool Plan It
  6. Pumpkin hopscotch from The Pleastantest Thing

Pumpkin printables

To help develop numeracy and literacy skills you can use one of the many free printable packs that are shared by other mums. Here are some apple printables:

  1. Pumpkin patch writing prompts from Frugal Homeschool Family
  2. Free pumpkin Pre K pack from This Reading Mama
  3. Pumpkin activities pack from 3 Dinosaurs
  4. Hand drawn pumpkin printables from Rock a Bye Butterfly
  5. Busy bag mix n match pumpkin faces from Mama Miss
  6. Letter P for pumpkin from Confessions of a Homemaker
  7. Preschool pumpkin pack from 1 plus 1 equals 1

Pumpkin sensory tubs and small world play

Sensory tubs are a brilliant way to encourage learning through invitation to play. Little ones can explore their senses as well as practicing pouring and measuring, counting and patterning. There is also an opportunity for small world play too as they explore and comprehend the world around them. Here are some brilliant ideas for apple sensory tubs and small world play:

  1. Fizzing pumpkins sensory play from Little Bins for Little Hands
  2. Pumpkin patch scavenger hunt from Teach Preschool
  3. Pumpkin sensory dough from Housing a Forest
  4. Pumpkin sensory science activity from Little Bins for Little Hands
  5. Exploring pumpkin seeds from Teach Preschool
  6. Sensory bag from Teaching Mama
  7. Pumpkin themed invitation to play from My Nearest and Dearest
  8. Homemade pumpkin dough sensory bin from Wildflower Ramblings
  9. Pumpkin soup sensory play from The Golden Gleam

Pumpkin crafts

Some fun pumpkin crafts and recipes my toddler will enjoy!

Crafts are another way to develop fine motor skills and creativity and at the end of the session your tot will have created something they can show to daddy or their grandparents. These are some of my favourite apple crafts for toddlers and preschoolers:

  1. Mr pumpkin head from Handmade Kid’s Art
  2. Paper plate pumpkin handprint craft from Fun Handprint Art Blog
  3. Glow in the dark window clings from Scruggbug Corner
  4. Glow in the dark pumpkin from Gingersnap Crafts
  5. Halloween name puzzles from How We Learn
  6. Pumpkin spice salt dough ornaments from Fun at Home with Kids

Pumpkin books


Here are some pumpkin themed books for you to read together:

  1. Mystery Vine – A Pumpkin Surprise by Cathryn Falwell
  2. Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino
  3. The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
  4. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
  5. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll
  6. Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
  7. Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

Pumpkin snacks

All this learning is enough to make anyone hungry, so why not fix one of these tasty pumpkin snacks to enjoy together:

  1. Fall favourite pumpkin bread from Delightfule Made
  2. Pumpkin chocolate chip bread from Not Just Cute
  3. Pumpkin & oat morning bread from Crafting Connections
  4. Pumpkin dip from Cooking Light
  5. Easy pumpkin recipes from Parenting
  6. Pumpkin bran muffins with chocolate chips from Foodlets
  7. Pumpkin apple muffins from Weelicious

If you enjoyed this collection of Pumpkin Activities, Crafts and Recipes why not check out our Farm Activities for Toddlers or our collection of Water Table Activities.

~Clare – currently pinning to Fun Toddler Activities.

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So many fabulous ideas for Pumpkin Sensory play