This is a great way to teach
symmetry and positive/ negative at the same time!
This looks a lot harder than it was.
My kindergarten class was able to do it without any big problems.
But, we did this in a small group.
1 -- black construction paper 6 inches x
2 pieces of orange paper 4 1/2 inches x
Start at the
bottom and draw a pumpkin with a stem. Starting at the bottom,
students cut out the pumpkin. It has to be all in one piece to
work! They also need to save both parts. There are no scraps
to this project!!
They glue one part at the top and line
up the orange and black papers at the top, left corner. Then I tell them to
put the cut out right under where the hole is located.
For the second pumpkin, they repeat the
directions, but reverse the cut out on the other section. This also
gives it a checker board effect.
I have also posted a picture of a ghost
using the same idea. It might be easier for young ones to do
the ghost first. Ghosts can be any shape? You can also
use larger paper.
A pumpkin estimation activity with
directions, photos and PDF files to make a bulletin board display is
included in the October Ideas Package.
Each student was given a pumpkin to cut out
according to the directions on the Glyph map.
Glyphs can be made to gather any information that
you would like. After the pumpkin is completed, we discuss
what we can tell by "reading" their pumpkin.
The directions for our glyph were:
Tall pumpkin = boy
Short pumpkin = girl
Triangle nose = 4 year old
Square nose = 5 year old
Round nose = 6 year old
Grin = have siblings
Scary = no siblings
Green stem = have a pet
Brown Stem = no pet
The glyph directions can be changed to whatever
you would like. You could make it into a pumpkin man and add legs,
arms, etc to gather more information. I always like to have a glyph
map on display when we put them on the bulletin board for others to
be able to interpret.