As you already know I’m a big fan of using items that we would normally bin without a second thought. ‘Play Potential’ as I like to call it is when our everyday items destined for the bin could actually be used in a variety of ways to offer play activities for our young children!
And pumpkin seeds can also be included in this!
In years gone by I would have thrown the centre of the pumpkin in the bin however, these days we save the seeds to be used for play!
Simply scoop out the seeds, rinse with water and then dry out in a low temperature oven for approx 30mins. And now you’re ready to play!!
Here’s 10 ways to play with pumpkin seeds...
1. Dye them
Use food colouring or paint to add colour for lots of sorting or even to use in a sensory box, add scoops and tubs too!
2. Sensory bag
Add to a ziplock bag with a little water or the other leftovers from the pumpkin. Secure with tape and allow your little one to poke, prod and explore!
Pair with an old egg box or muffin tray for counting out!
why not let little hands practise picking up the tiny seeds with tweezers or tongs for great fine motor control practise!
5. Art pictures
use them with glue to make beautiful pieces of art!
add to orange slime or play dough for a new sensation!
using a marker pen write on little letters for your child to practise building words or spelling their name! You could do the same with numbers!
pour into a container or tube to make your own musical instrument!
hollow our your pumpkin, fill with soil and plant your pumpkin seeds! Your little one will love taking care of them and giving the seeds a water!
10. Taste them!
Cook them on a low temperature with a sprinkle of cinnamon for a tasty new snack!
And remember we have our AUTUMN playPROMPTS or HALLOWEEN playPROMPTS for more simple activity ideas perfect for this time of year!
Please share your play pics with @play.hooray so I can see what you get up to!