October STEAM Project

Spookley the Square Pumpkin

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) enrichment projects are a big part of our program.  Our kids benefit greatly from them, as they ignite their imaginations, encourage critical thinking and problem solving, and are just plain FUN!  We thought you might like to have some activities to do at home with a special child in your life, so we will be sharing a new one each month!

For October, our Program Manager Amy Michels gathered some wonderful Halloween-related activities that you can do with your preschool or elementary school aged child.  Step one is to read the book “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin,” by Joe Troiano.  We have included a link to a read-along video below, and the Talbot County Free Library also has a copy of the book that you can check out.  This is a wonderful story about how our differences make us special.  In it, Spookley, a pumpkin shaped like a square, devises a plan to help all of the round pumpkins during a very windy storm.

Click the links below to find “Spookley”-related STEAM projects from some of our favorite STEAM-related activity websites:

For preschool-aged children: Storytime STEAM with Spookley the Square Pumpkin from preschoolsteam.com

For K-6th grade children: 3D Spookley the Pumpkin Math Activity from buggyandbuddy.com

Recipe for pumpkin play dough: Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough Recipe from theimaginationtree.com

*Note that you can always substitute the suggested materials with common items found around your house, like paper, cereal boxes, paper towel tubes, etc.  You can also use building block toys and balls.  And of course, head outside and find materials like sticks, leaves, pinecones, and rocks!

Get as creative as you want, and have a wonderful time together!

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