A Pumpkin for My Pumpkin

If you live in Texas, you’d never know Fall is upon us – it is still HOT HOT HOT.   (Okay.  I just checked the weather so I could complain how hot it still is down here, and www.weather.com says the high today was only 84 degrees.  It felt like 100, I’m telling you.

Noah (5 – with Down syndrome) and I moseyed on over to see Parker, another amazing Love Bug with Down syndrome at www.prayingforparker.com, and Parker made such a beautiful pumpkin, we just had to have one too.

Here’s Noah’s pumpkin:

This was such a great activity for Noah and Bella (4).  You can find full directions over at http://www.prayingforparker.com/a-paper-plate-pumpkin-craft/.

We neglected to paint our paper plate orange first, as you can tell.  It was really interesting how Noah could tear the paper into long strips, but he did not have the finger strength to tear the strips into smaller squares.  I found if I made tiny tears where I wanted him to tear, it made it a lot easier for him.  The resistance of the paper lets up quite a bit once that little tear is made.

I’m still finding the minute Noah finds an activity challenging, he starts whining and signing stop and stops cooperating.  I’m thinking he needs some confidence boosting activities, but I’m not sure how to go about that while still stretching him to learn knew things.  For now, staying one step ahead of him and making sure he is physically able to do the activities I give him and modifying activities to make them easier and more familiar for him is helping a lot.

We got a lot accomplished with the pumpkin, and I discovered another way to work on hand strength with Noah – hole punching.  I got out my little hole punch to make a hole in the paper plate and I decided to let Noah give it a try.  He had to use two hands and I held the plate for him, but he was able to punch the hole.  We also reviewed the color orange, worked on articulation with the word “pumpkin,” strung a pipe cleaner through the hole in the paper plate, gave the glue stick a good workout and talked about circles and squares.  I gave Noah a break by allowing him to cover the pumpkin with glue rather than glueing each individual strip of paper.

So one fall project down, what’s next?  Apples anyone?


2 thoughts on “A Pumpkin for My Pumpkin”

  1. Great activity! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I’ll be making the decision about homeschooling Asher very soon. Funny, years ago I used to teach preschool and now I don’t have a clue where to start with him. I really feel like I need to get him back home for this year at least.

    1. As big of a decision as homeschooling is, homeschooling our kiddos with Down syndrome is even bigger. I can test my other kids and get an idea of how they are doing at home versus how they would be expected to be doing in public school. With Down syndrome, who knows? But I do know nobody could love him more than I do or care more about maximizing his abilities than I do, so I figure that’s gotta count for something. Feel free to email me if I can help you in any way. Noah is only 5 and is in homeschool kindergarten, although we are really doing preschool level work. The cool thing is that preschool is my absolute favorite grade to teach, and it looks like Noah will be in “preschool” for quite some time. 🙂 So everything I didn’t get to do with him in his first year of preschool level activities, I can attempt to get to in his second or third year. Don’t get me wrong, he is making a lot of progress, it’s just that it’s all over the board. I’m sure you know what I mean.

      Thanks for your comment – please keep in touch.


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