So Halloween may have passed but I still wanted to share our pumpkin activities, especially since they can still work for Thanksgiving. And to avoid one monster long post about pumpkins so I divided it up so here are our math and science activities we’ve been doing lately.
Pumpkin Craft–Life Cycle and Parts All Rolled Into One
I combined about five different pumpkin crafts that I liked into one super sciency pumpkin. First we used three paper plates to create the pumpkin body–one of the base, one for the back pocket, and one of the frame.
We painted the pumpkins with pumpkin-scented paint–just adding pumpkin spice to our orange paint. We also used a cork for our stem.
On the framed side, we showed the different parts of the pumpkin. We used real seeds and then pipe cleaners (or you could use orange yarn) for the fibers inside. While creating it, the girls also cut and pasted the labels for the different parts.
We then added our life cycle vine to the pumpkin. We used the circle labels for the different stages from printables.atoz
After attaching them to the yarn, we tied it to our pumpkin stem. They can also get tucked into the pocket on the back side.
Before making our pumpkins, we completed the following worksheets to help learn about the pumpkin life cycle and the different parts of a pumpkin.
There are TONS of different pumpkin investigation worksheets out there where kids answer questions about their pumpkin. This one, from Fun For First, was my personal favorite and the one we chose to use. It was the most thorough and touched on the topics I wanted the girls to explore.
In math our current chapter is on number order (we use the Singpore Math Kindergarten Curriculum) so I had us make these adorable pumpkin number lines. While you can use a pumpkin template and then stickers or handwritten numbers, I just used my cricut to cut the pumpkins and numbers. Then the girls glued them all together. Finally they strung them on ribbon, which was great practice since we recently started learning to stitch.
Number Cards and Playdough
To review our number shapes (and hopefully help with our handwriting) we used these fall-themed number cards from Life Over C’s.
And then for the playdough we used clay made from pumpkin (recipe courtesy of Fun at Home with Kids). All you need is canned pumpkin, corn starch, and pumpkin spice. Mix it together until it is the consistency and smell you would like. In addition to using this with our number cards, it also made a great sensory activity for the girls to play with while I did some one on one work with each.