Fingerplays are one of the quickest ways to help children cross the mid-line and that supports brain development. What does that mean when we say crossing the mid line? It means that both “big picture” thinking and “detail thinking” are happening at the same time. With finger plays, we find children reciting from memory and using language as well as using motion. In this case, the hands are moving.
It’s October and now is the time for Five Little Pumpkins or in this case, Five Little Pixies!
Five Little Pumpkins is a classic and can be changed to add in the characters you wish to add interest. Ideas might include goblins, trick or treaters, candy corns, scare crows, and dragonflies! You get the idea. Let the children experiment or choose the theme for this familiar verse.
And while you are thinking about pumpkins, you might try making these chocolate chip mini pumpkin muffins.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together: 2/3 Cup Pumpkin Puree, 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, 2 tbsp. honey, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 cup all purpose flour, 1/2 tbsp. baking powder. Add as many chocolate chips as you feel comfortable with or simply add to the muffin batter once it’s distributed in the muffin tin.
Use mini muffin tins and be sure to grease the tins before adding the batter. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool and serve. Yummy! ( to my friends with allergies: I don’t have the gluten free version of this recipe and there is dairy in this recipe. Please be aware as the recipe will need to be adjusted for your children with allergies.)
There’s a chill in the air! Think I’ll go grab a good cup of coffee and settle in for some painting.
Have a great day.
See you tomorrow.