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Make Pumpkin Pudding With Your Kids for Eating and Writing

Sensory activities (or what I like to call "messy play") are the heart and soul of a quality preschool education. Young children learn best through hands-on activities experienced through their senses. Unfortunately, too many preschool teachers don't know the value of sensory activities and push them to the side. They think they're too time-consuming, requiring lots of set-up and clean-up (which they do). They, therefore, choose easier activities such as Circle Time, Story Time, and Calendar Time (if it comes with time at the end of it, you know it's designed for the teacher, not the kids)! 




That's why I urge moms and dads to do sensory activities with their kids at home. It's how children learn best and it's fun. Together you'll create beautiful memories that last a lifetime. Making this recipe for Pumpkin Pudding is a wonderful tradition we started in my family when our boys were preschoolers. Not only did we make and eat the pudding, we put some on waxed paper and used our fingers to make numerals and letters (One of our sons is autistic and sensitive to new textures. He used a straw to make things until he felt comfortable enough to use his fingers)!  This is way more powerful than sitting your child down and making him do a boring worksheet!

1. Gather the ingredients -- 1 cup canned pumpkin, 1 small package of instant vanilla pudding, 1-1/2 cups of milk, cinnamon and honey to taste



2. Beat ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.


3. Keep beating until desired consistency is achieved.

4. Use fingers (or straws, toothpicks, twigs, etc.) to make numerals, letters, words, shapes, and pictures. Have fun and remember to leave some for eating!


Other fun fall activities to do with your kids


Studies show that our children are not exposed to enough non-fiction. That's why it's so important that you have a good balance of fiction and non-fiction in your home library. This one about the Pilgrims is wonderful for explaining the history of Thanksgiving.

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