Pumpkin Activities for Preschoolers

A really easy way to get a lot from exploring a pumpkin is by using all the parts after you deconstruct it. We had a pumpkin sensory bag, half of a pumpkin to explore the life cycle and seeds on a plate. I equipped them with Melissa and Doug’s magnifying glass so they could get a closer look.

Here is what we did:

  • We cut a small pumpkin in half.



  • We gutted one half of the pumpkin, exploring the seeds. I placed the “guts” of the pumpkin in a small plastic food storage bag and placed into the fridge to get it cool for added sensory.



  • With the half I didn’t gut, I wrapped plastic wrap around it.
  • We removed seeds and I placed these seeds on a small plate covered with plastic wrap.



  • Then my son really wanted to plant the pumpkin seeds. I wasn’t going to stand in his way!


To prepare for this activity:

We worked with the FREE Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Montessori cards (under Botany) and we read:

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One last note for you: I love this Life Cycle of a Pumpkin post from Living Montessori Now. Great ideas and inspiration!

Now, go have fun! Leave a comment! I love hearing from you!



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Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and WhattoExpect.com.


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