Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Piece of Cake... I Mean Pie... Projects

Thanksgiving for many is not complete without a slice of pumpkin pie.  (I'm more of a chocolate cream pie gal myself, but my husband loves the pumpkin.)

I couldn't end our Thanksgiving preschool fun without a few tasty "desserts."  These are little gems I picked up teaching kindergarten.  Enjoy!

First off, a slice of pie that at least smells good enough to eat:

What you will need:

paper plates (cut into quarters)
orange paint
paint brushes (I like the small sponge brushes)
cotton balls
brown crayon
pumpkin pie spice

Color the ridge of the plate triangle with the brown crayon to make your crust.
Paint on the pumpkin filling with your orange paint.
While still wet, sprinkle on some pumpkin pie spice (or if you don't have any on hand, try any combination of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice).
Wait until your pie is dry (you could even put it in the unheated oven to "cook" for your drying time just for fun.).
Glue on a cotton ball dab of "whipped cream."

A Pumpkin Pie game:

You will need:

1 file folder
sheet of cardstock
2 dice

To prep the game, use a plate to trace a circle for your pie pieces and pan outline, tracing one circle onto the opened file folder and another onto the piece of cardstock. 

Cut out cardstock circle and decorate your pie with markers.  Divide the pie into 12 even pieces, writing the numbers 1 to 12 on each slice.  An easy way to get even sections is to fold in half, then half again to get quarters, then just eyeball each quarter into thirds and your 12 pieces will come out even.

Divide your file folder circle "pan" into 12 pieces, tracing dividing lines with a marker.  Glue the 1 piece into place on the pan.  (You can't roll a 1 with two dice...)  To make it more durable, laminate the pie and the folder.

To play, take turns rolling both dice.  Count your dots together to get your number (ex:  if you roll a 2 and a 4, you would find the piece with 6 on it) and place the appropriate slice of pie in the pan.  Start with the 1 and count on clockwise to determine where your slice should go, that way, your pie will be in numerical order.  (Ex:  If your number adds to 8, count on from 1 until you get to the space for the 8th slice in the pan.)  If you roll a number you already have in the pan, you pass the dice to the next player and do not place a slice your turn.  Play until you have filled the pie pan (feel free to do a bit of cheating if it's taking too long!)

Now, if you are still feeling a bit cheated after all of this pumpkin pie fun and need a little pumpkin fix, you can go here or here for some good pumpkin-y recipes to make together.  Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. I love both ideas - my daughter is all about cake making and decoration. I can see that she will be very excited about making a pumpkin pie.

  2. I love these! What a great way to learn fractions too.

  3. I love that pumpkin pie plate activity super fun and different.