Many families love to roast pumpkin seeds and enjoy their nutty flavor. After the cooking is done, you can use the seeds to create a simple game for yourolder toddler or preschooler to help practice hitting a target.
What you'll need
- Dried pumpkin seeds
- Four bowls in graduated sizes
- Save the seeds from carved pumpkins.
- Dry them in the oven on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until the seeds are crisp and golden.
- Get out four bowls of varying sizes, and line them up in order from smallest to largest.
- Have your child stand about a foot from the smallest bowl and toss a handful of pumpkin seeds into it. If she makes it, have her take one step backward and try the next bowl. If not, she can stay one foot away.
- Have your child take aim at all four bowls. You can give a small prize such as a cracker or cookie for each bowl that contains at least one pumpkin seed at the end of the game.
Throwing is usually considered a gross-motor skill, but since the seeds are small, this game develops fine motor skills at the same time.