L really enjoyed scooping the guts and seeds out of our pumpkin when we carved it, so I knew that I wanted to save the seeds to use in some kind of work. I tried just washing them and laying them out to dry, but they were too sticky. I ended up baking them at 300degrees for 45 minutes. This dried them out perfectly, with the added advantage of producing a nice sound when they are poured.
I brought out a coffee scoop I had found at the dollar store and put it on a tray with two bowls. I showed L how to scoop the seeds in one bowl and pour them into the other. L will sit at the table with this work for 10+ minutes at a time, and she chooses it multiple times a day. The depth of the scoop requires a greater wrist motion than the spooning works I’ve put out for her before, and the repetition required to transfer all of the seeds from one bowl to the other builds focus and concentration.
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