Are you looking for book activities for your kids to do this October? Grab the free printables for this Pumpkin Emotions Sensory Bin from my friend, Karen, at ABC’s of Literacy!
This fun social-emotional activity will help your preschoolers and kindergarteners to identify different emotions using a character in a book.
After reading the book, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano, you and your children can talk about how the main character felt during the story.
You can show your kids the different pumpkins in this resource and talk about how they think each pumpkin feels based on their expressions.
They will then be able to practice identifying the emotions throughout this activity.
Preparing to Use the Pumpkin Sensory Bin:
- 8 Square Pumpkin Cards
- 2 Recording Sheets
What Else Is Needed:
To get the free printables, click on the button below. Next, download and print the pumpkin cards on white card stock.
Then, print the recording sheet that you want to use on white copy paper. You can make as many copies as you need for your students.
After printing, you may want to laminate the pumpkin cards before cutting them apart.
Next, fill a sensory bin such as a plastic container with a sensory bin filler like shredded paper, colored rice, or dyed noodles.
Finally, put the pumpkin cards in the sensory bin.
How to Use the Fall Sensory Bin:
First, your children will pick a card out of the sensory bin and identify the pumpkin’s emotion based on the facial expression.
Next, they will find the matching pumpkin on their recording sheet and color it.
Your kids will continue to select pumpkin cards out of the bin and say how the pumpkin is feeling until they have colored all the characters on their recording sheet.
This Pumpkin Emotions Sensory Bin is an engaging social-emotional activity for your young learners to do after reading a fun fall story.
Why is it Important to Teach Kids About Emotions?
It’s important to teach kids about emotions for a few reasons. First, motions are a natural and essential part of life. They’re how we communicate our needs and help us to navigate the world around us.
Second, understanding emotions can help children regulate their own emotions better. When they know what they’re feeling and why, they can more easily manage difficult emotions like anger, anxiety, or sadness.
Finally, teaching kids about emotions can help them develop empathy for others. When they understand how emotions work, they can better understand and relate to the emotions of others. Teaching kids about emotions is an important part of their overall development.
More Pumpkin Learning Activities:
If you are looking for more pumpkin-themed activities for your preschoolers, try these entertaining learning resources:
- Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch
- Pumpkin Tracing Worksheets
- Pumpkin Cut and Paste Worksheets
- Pumpkin Do a Dot Printables
Download the Free Printables for the Pumpkin Emotions Sensory Bin:
To get the free printables for this activity, click on the button below.