I found this idea of pounding nails into a pumpkin here and here and wanted to give it a try.
I wasn't sure how this would go. I had visions of a mutilated pumpkin and sticky, yucky, guck everywhere, but surprisingly it was a very neat (and fun) activity. It was also a GREAT exercise for Kylie's fine motor muscles and fabulous for working on hand/eye coordination and visual spacing.
I love how my wee one is "working" but SHE thinks she is playing! That is a win-win to me!! =0)
ok, so here are the supplies we used:
*2 inch Galvanized Roofing Nails (these have larger heads so it was an easier target for her hammer)
*Hammer (child size is best)
*Sharpy Permanent Marker
*Should the pumpkin be happy or grouchy?
*Should we have Triangles or Ovals for Eyes?
*Should our nose be big or little?
After a while, we started to push 2-3 nails into the pumpkin at a time and then she would have a choice as to which one to pound in. She really liked having the extra choices and it made her pound harder. I think it drove her crazy that there were "unfinished nails"