The Pumpkin Patch
From Seed to Pumpkin
What Columbus Found: It Was Orange, It Was Round
The Ugly Pumpkin
Estimate how many pumpkin seeds are in a pumpkin. Open one up, scoop out the seeds and count them. Don't forget to roast the seedsto eat later!
Estimate how much a pumpkin weighs and then check your guess on a scale. You can do this easily at the grocery store.
Get a ruler or tape measure and find out how tall, wide, and round your pumpkin is.
Learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin. Here's a great little project that we used.Make a cute little jack-o-lantern,and pull out the stem to see
all the stages of a pumpkin's life cycle!
Make observations about your pumpkin. Here's an observation sheet to help.
Plant a pumpkin seed and care for it. Keep a journal and observe the changes.
Make a picture map of how a pumpkin gets from the pumpkin patch to the table as a pie. Who helps it along the way? You can include a farmer, truck driver, grocery store clerks, baker (be it mom, grandma, or a professional!), and others.
If timely, discuss the origins of holidays such as Halloween or Thanksgiving in which the pumpkin plays a traditional part.
Write a letter to someone inviting them over for pumpkin pie! And don't forget to bake the pie!