October is here, and we are enjoying the season change. Beautiful colors are all around; squirrels are hopping through the yard gathering acorns, the smell of apple cider fills the house, and kids are tossing leaves in the air. Don’t you just love this time of year? It seemed like the perfect time to learn about pumpkins and enjoy a few fun pumpkin activities.
Pumpkin Science for Kids
Pumpkin Activities for Kids – Pumpkin Theme Lesson Plans
Does a pumpkin float or sink?
Pumpkin Science Experiment
Pumpkins are pretty big, so kids usually think they will sink. Don’t large heavy objects usually sink? However, pumpkins are less dense than water, which makes them buoyant.
Since pumpkins are mostly hollow inside, they have lots of air to keep them afloat.
In fact, this pumpkin science experiment is the perfect time to introduce your early learners to concepts like buoyancy, density, balance, and force in a fun and memorable way. I just love hands on science experiments with pumpkins!
Keep reading to discover how to learn more about volcanoes using pumpkins this Fall.
Making a pumpkin erupt is a really cool way to learn about the scientific method, chemical reactions, and how volcanos work with your kids this Fall. Before you make your volcano, ask your kids what they think will happen. It’s a good opportunity to encourage kids to make predictions and form a hypothesis.
Check out my article all about pumpkin volcanoes for a list of materials you’ll need and step by step instructions for a perfect volcanic pumpkin eruption. Don’t forget to encourage your kids to make observations during the experiment and draw what they see. Need more ways to document all the things you’re learning about pumpkins this Fall?
Keep scrolling for more helpful pumpkin science printables.
Pumpkin Investigation for Kids
Pumpkin Science just wouldn’t be complete without a little investigation. So we spent time using our senses to explore our pumpkin.
Every child had their own pumpkin to learn about. We measured, we inspected, and we jotted down our findings on the pumpkin investigation sheet. (You can grab a set of free pumpkin activities printables below)
Check out these pumpkin science investigation printables! They’re perfect for helping your future scientists document everything they can about their pumpkin. Kids can measure and weigh their pumpkins, predict whether it will float or sink, count the lines on their pumpkin, and even note its specific color.
They can also have fun drawing a jack-o-lantern face for carving the pumpkin later.
For more science learning fun, you won’t want to miss printable pumpkin life cycle pages and unit study. They’re perfect for learning about how pumpkins grow, where pumpkins come from, and practicing important skills like sequencing in a fun and easy way this Fall.
Pumpkin Activities for Kindergarten
We learned about the parts of a pumpkin and the pumpkin life cycle. The children LOVE learning about life cycles.
The Pumpkin Runner is an excellent book based on a true story about a sheep rancher that loved to run with his yellow dog and got all of his energy from a pumpkin. The ending is the best so pick it up at your library or add it to your wish list it’s a great addition to your fall reading.
Pumpkin Sensory Play and Science for Kids
Don’t be afraid to get messy as you explore pumpkins together this Fall. Messy play is actually really important for kids. Getting messy gives kids a chance to explore in an exciting way that’s a concrete sensory experience. When kids are free to get messy, they can be curious, explore freely, and get creative!
Sensory experiences are the perfect time to let your little learners get messy. Toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners, as well as older children, can benefit greatly from sensory activities.
This Fall, pumpkins can provide a sensory experience for your kids to build cognitive skills, explore their senses, and develop strong motor skills too.
Crack open a pumpkin and let your kids get messy scooping out the pulp, counting seeds, and squishing everything together. It’s an easy way to get up close and personal with these big orange icons.
Want more pumpkin sensory fun this Fall? Don’t forget to check out my pumpkin slime recipe. It’s a sensory delight your kids can explore long after the pumpkins are gone.
What’s your favorite pumpkin themed Fall activity? I can’t wait to read about your favorite pumpkin activities to do with your kids in the comments.
Do you have favorite fall books to read? I’d love to hear about them. Feel free to leave a comment below.
Pumpkin Life Cycle Worksheet
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