4 Ways to Learn with Pumpkins {Autumn Activities}

We are huge fans of the fall season in our home. I have wonderfully warm memories of growing, picking, decorating and carving pumpkins around the Halloween season. What great experiences got a child, right? Here are a few more we’re adding to our list:

Botany {Trip to the Farm} – Visiting a pumpkin patch farm and having the chance to chat with farmers is invaluable to learning. Seeing how a seed grows and what conditions make it possible to grow into this beautiful vegetable is quite a lesson for any of us. Plus a visit with the farm animals is always full of intrigue. We grew pumpkins in our garden growing up. Maybe you’re so lucky, too.

Senses {Tactile, Visual, Taste & Haptic} – We felt the smooth outside and the stringy insides. We talked about the changing color of a pumpkin as it grows into a full beautiful orange. At the farm we held different pumpkins and noticed the various shapes and weights. Of course, we tasted pumpkin bread, pancakes and seeds. In fact, my sons ate Pumpkin Puree for their first foods and loved it.

Practical Life {Cooking with Kids} – Nothing beats fresh pumpkin puree in bread, muffins and pancakes. Our favorite pumpkin bread recipe is one of Alton Brown’s from the Food Network. Baking seeds is also delicious, easy and simple. The seeds are great for kids because they are big in size relative to other seeds. The great thing too is that all the ways to prepare pumpkin are very kid friendly. Integrating your child into the cooking process carries a big impact. Check out this wonderful post on cooking Pumpkin Soup with kids.

Language & Science {Montessori 3-part cards} – The life cycle of a pumpkin is interesting to children. How can one tiny seed grow into something so large? To see it and to be able to visualize that process is remarkable. Montessori for Everyone has a FREE pumpkin life cycle set.

I am in love with all things fall: the colors, the smells, the sounds and the traditions! I hope that we have inspired you to have some fun learning with pumpkins!

Here are a few “pumpkin” books that we love:

From Seed to Pumpkin

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

The Very Best Pumpkin

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden

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  1. says

    Fall is when I miss Boston the most – in SoCal it is just isn’t the same. I really love this post. I’d love to share it somehow on my blog this month as part of “Go Orange” for No Kid Hungry. A big part of ending hunger is also teaching kids about food and since the pumpkins are orange and you share the value of children learning about the origins of food and eating the pumpkin (seeds and all), I think it would be a good fit, so I’m sure I’ll reference it at some point!
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  2. says

    What great ideas to turn pumpkins into a teachable moment! My kids love picking out the pumpkins and carving them but clearly we are missing out on other interesting things to explore with pumpkins!

    Our teacher’s husband gave us seeds for those humongous pumpkins that break records for weight. We never planted them b/c our yard is a little too shady but now you are inspiring me to plant with the kids even if we don’t get a pumpkin out of it.
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  3. says

    I love this post! I am a HUGE fan of fall. It is my favorite season! This post has given me some ideas to do at home with my kids. My kids love seeds but we have never tried pumpkin seeds before, even though we love ALL things pumpkin. I’m going to make it a cooking project next month with my daughter. Also, thanks for the great pumpkin book suggestions.
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