Toddler activities: roast pumpkin seed toss

Toddler activities: roast pumpkin seed toss

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

Game plan

  1. Save the seeds from carved pumpkins.
  2. Dry them in the oven on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until the seeds are crisp and golden.
  3. Get out four bowls of varying sizes, and line them up in order from smallest to largest.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Learning and
Throwing is usually considered a gross-motor skill, but since the seeds are small, this game develops fine motor skills at the same time.


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