Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Shape Sorter DIY Toddler Toy

7 Days of Play's Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Craft looked so on-point for fall season and I liked that it was fun yet educational!

Little Miss Gwen (18 months) is still into shape sorting so I replicated this idea and made a simplified version of this Jack O Lantern pumpkin shape sorter toy.

I shall count this as the first jack o lantern I've ever carved, never mind that it's cardboard 😂

Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Shape Sorter DIY Toddler Toy

Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Shape Sorter DIY Toddler Toy

Trying Out Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Shape Sorter DIY Toddler Toy!

Gwen's Play Experience

Gwen loved popping the wooden blocks in, but struggled with recognising and getting the right blocks for the holes probably because of the distracting cardboard details. I'll most likely stick a piece of orange construction paper over the toy and re-cut the holes to address that!

I found it adorable that Gwen brought her toy animals to the toy and tried to fit them through, all the while muttering, "Big!" (She meant "too big!") I love that she was trying to better understand spatial relationships between objects through her own experimentations.

Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Shape Sorter DIY Toddler Toy

My Learnings

  • Space the shapes far apart enough so that rough pushing of blocks through the holes won’t easily cause the holes to tear and join
  • Try to make sure the fit is tight so there’s a bit of resistance for pushing the blocks through the holes (a challenge and sensorial experience which most toddlers love!)
  • Cut out one side of the box so that little ones can retrieve the dropped wooden blocks independently

Benefits of this Activity

  • Improve hand eye coordination
  • Build focus and concentration
  • Enhance fine motor skills
  • Enhance cause and effect learning
  • Creative transformation of cardboard into toddler toy inspires creativity and inculcates environmental conservation mindset in little ones

To follow Gwen's play adventures, check out @miraculove_sg (Instagram) or A Toddler Activity A Day Facebook Group.

Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Shape Sorter DIY Toddler Toy

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Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.

Hi! Thank you for taking time to read my blog. I am a stay-home Singaporean mama living in Seattle who is passionate about child-led and open-ended play for children in a conducive home environment.

Discovering Montessori and Reggio has been a life-changer for me. It made me an empathetic and mindful parent who follows my child’s needs and interests in the activities I plan at home. I hope the Montessori-friendly and Reggio inspired baby and toddler activities I share here inspire you too.

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