We were blessed with an abundance of pumpkins in the garden this year. With the arrival of fall, we’ve enjoyed doing a variety of activities with real pumpkins — perfect for lots of hands-on learning.
This week we got out hammers and nails for a fun fall fine motor activity. We had lots of fun hammering nails in pumpkins!
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We have had fun with hammering nails into Styrofoam in the past. With so many pumpkins on our porch, I thought it would be a fun to decorate our pumpkins in a new way.
Hammering nails is a great activity for hand-eye coordination, and it provides proprioceptive sensory input, too!
Hammering Nails in Pumpkins — Fine Motor Activity
This activity doesn’t require much prep, and the list of materials needed is pretty short. You just need pumpkins, nails, and hammers. If you do the activity inside, you may want a plastic table cloth to contain the mess.
My kids were super excited when they saw the container of nails shining in the sunlight, sitting next to the bright orange pumpkins and wood mallet. I bet your kids will be excited, too!
Originally I had out a small, metal hammer and a toy wood mallet, but we soon discovered that the plastic hammer from my son’s toy workbench worked wonderfully when it came to hammering nails into the pumpkins. (And, because the head on the toy hammer is a bit wider than the little metal hammer, it was easier for my son to hit the nails.)
They had fun hammering until every nail was used, and when they finished we had a pretty funky-looking pumpkin to display.
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Tips for This Pumpkin Activity:
- It helps to have a hammer for each child. Who wants to wait to have a turn with the hammer? Toy hammers will work if you don’t want them to use the real one.
- Don’t have a bunch of pumpkins on hand? Let the kids paint them now, and then once the holiday is past, bring out the hammers and nails and let them go to town!
- Plan on carving the pumpkins? You can always do a bit of hammering once the pumpkins start to get a bit moldy.
- Want to turn it into an even more educational activity? Check out how we turned it into a math activity!
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