Pumpkin Related School Activities:
reading, and writing. Activities are available by
the pumpkin patch full! "Pick" one of these!
* Place one or more pumpkins in view of the students. Ask
them to contribute a list of words to describe the pumpkin.
Students can write similes and metaphors using words that
* Invite students to make their own word search puzzles out
of the descriptive adjectives they came up with in the
* Invite students to write a paragraph describing a
jack-o'-lantern face. When finished, they can exchange
assignments and draw the face as described in the paragraph
they are handed.
Additional Books with Pumpkin Themes
The Vanishing Pumpkin, Tony Johnston
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, Steven Kroll
Pumpkin math,Pumpkins are a natural for math. They come in
various sizes and contain many seeds. Compare pumpkins by weight
* Students can pick up three pumpkins, one at a time, and
predict the weights: heaviest, middle, and lightest. Invite
them to record their pumpkin weight predictions. Then weigh
the pumpkins. Do the predictions match the weights?
Encourage students to create a chart to organize their
* How big is big? Compare the weights of your pumpkins to the
World Class Giant Pumpkins!
* Measure the circumference of the same three pumpkins. Does
the heaviest pumpkin have the largest circumference?
Students can weigh and measure pumpkins at home, record the
results and contribute to a group chart of pumpkin weights
and measurements. What conclusions can students draw about
the relationship between weight and circumference?
* Find the relationship between the size of a pumpkin and the
number of ribs. In how many ways can this relationship be
* Predict which pumpkin (the largest? the smallest?) will
have more seeds. Hollow out those two pumpkins and count
the seeds of each. Predict how many seeds the middle-sized
pumpkin will have. Students can find out how close their
Place an empty wastebasket in a dishpan. Fill the wastebasket to the rim
with water. Place a pumpkin into the water. Measure the volume of water
displaced. This will be the volume of the pumpkin. Find the volume of
several pumpkins. What relationship is there between weight and volume?
Mousekin's Golden House, by Edna Miller. After reading the
story, place a hollowed pumpkin outside in a protected place and
observe the changes weekly. Keep a journal of children's
To acquaint children with the sequence of how pumpkins grow.
1. Discuss what a seed needs to grow. Plant seeds you saved after the
carving. Keep a journal each day of it's growth.
2. Read "Pumpkin Pumpkin" by Jeanne Titherington and discuss the stages of a
pumpkin. Using prepared drawings of:
seed, vine, flower, small green pumpkin, orange pumpkin, jack-o'-lantern.
Children assemble pages in order and create a book i.e. "The Pumpkin Story."
Are the seeds scattered randomly within a pumpkin or arranged in some sort
Do big pumpkins have larger seeds than small pumpkins?
Is there anything in a pumpkin which lines up with the creases on the
What does a pumpkin seed weigh?
How many seeds does a pumpkin contain?
Do all pumpkins have the same number of seeds?
Can you tell which side of a pumpkin was against the ground? How? Does the
stem help you figure it out?
Will pumpkins float in water? If they do, do they float stem up, stem down,
or stem sideways?
Can pumpkin seeds be sorted into groups?
How thick is the skin of a pumpkin? How far in is the meat?
Do birds eat pumpkin seeds?
Make a list of the properties of a pumpkin and give it to someone. Can they
guess what the object is?
Will pumpkin seeds grow if planted right away?
What folklore can you find about pumpkins?
Where did pumpkins come from originally?
What other plants do we eat which are related to pumpkins?
What is a pepo?
If every seed in a pumpkin grew into a plant which produced one pumpkin and
each of the seeds produced a plant which did the same, how many seeds would
Extension: Look for new uses for pumpkins. Cinderella's
pumpkin was used as a coach. But last year, a creative New
Englander used a giant pumpkin as a motorboat.
Challenge your class to brainstorm new and unusual uses for