Pumpkin Patch Letter Match

I saw, somewhere, that someone had purchased foam pumpkins and made a pumpkin patch out of them.  They put letters on the pumpkins and then had the child(ren) jump from pumpkin to pumpkin.  I decided to try this and it was a huge hit!

I made my daughters name, my sons name and our last name.  I put the letters on the floor and say what they are as I put them down.  Then I call out a letter and my daughter jumps from one letter to the next, spelling her name.  It works as we clean up too, I'll call out the letter and she picks it up or she calls out a letter and I pick it up.  A fun active and seasonal way to incorporate name recognition, phonics and letters into our day.

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Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.