Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year and children notice! I love to use seasonal themes in my lessons. One of my favorite harvest activities is a simple pumpkin picture where you manipulate pumpkin seeds and string to create the innards of the gourd.
You can easily adapt this activity to include several core academic areas. We used the letter "Pp" and practiced writing our letters. We also counted the seeds by grouping them into tens and ones. We labeled the parts of the pumpkin and learned a little about the history of jack-o-lanterns. Finally, we described what senses we were using and experiencing as we carved into our little pumpkin.
There are so many other lessons and activity ideas I could rattle off. The possibilities are endless when you incorporate pumpkins into your lessons.
Here is what you will need to create these simple pumpkin pictures:
- pumpkin seeds
- orange or yellow string or yarn pieces
- orange, green, and brown crayons
- picture of a pumpkin drawn on a piece of paper
- I drew a large pumpkin on a piece of paper. I included a stem, leaf, tendril, and "ribs". I created a large cavity on the inside of the pumpkin by drawing a large semi-circle that followed the pumpkin's shape.
- Next, we colored our pumpkins. I like to label the parts of the pumpkin as we color the picture.
- Then we added seeds and fibrous strands, aka "brains", with glue.
- Finally, we let them dry!
Do you have any easy pumpkin activities?