In OT group this week, we used yarn, paper plates, and paper to make pumpkins. Two mini paper plates were taped together with 6 to 8 holes pre-punched (depending on the age of the child). They worked so hard to lace the orange yarn through BOTH paper plates! We used a blanket stitch, meaning the yarn was always going down, instead of a typical "up and down" lacing pattern.
Then we needed to make our pumpkins orange! The 3-year-olds used colored printer paper to practice ripping, while the 4-year-olds used orange construction paper. We practiced "one to you and one to me!" as a reminder to move their hands in opposite directions to rip front to back, rather than trying to rip side to side. After ripping the paper, they then glued the pieces on both sides of the pumpkin. Some children decided they weren't orange enough and elected to work on them again next week :)