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Feel free to use any of these ideas and also
think of your own creative activities to
use with your students --
and then please share them with us!
One: Pass The Pumpkin
1. In a large plastic pumpkin, place one crayon per child. Use a
variety of colors.
2. Children sit in a circle and pass the pumpkin while music plays.
3. When the music stops, the child holding the pumpkin chooses a
crayon and names the color.
4. Continue until all have had a turn.
Two: KWL Chart
1. Talk with your class about pumpkin facts.
2. Distribute KWL worksheet.
3. Use the internet or books to increase pumpkin information.
4. Have students complete KWL worksheet.
5. Discuss what they have learned.
Three: Pumpkin Observation
1. Have your students study the pumpkin and discuss what they see.
2. Distribute Pumpkin
3. Have a balancing scale (or scale) available for students to compare
other items that equal the weight of the pumpkin.
4. Collect worksheets and discuss findings.
Four: Magnetic Letters
1. Print out pumpkin letter
worksheet, cut out provided pumpkins, and attach a magnet to
each letter. Or download the letters to use on your IWB. (click here)
2. Read the book Pumpkin,Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
3. Show students the magnetic pumpkins and the ump card.
4. Have them read _UMP and that they are going to try to make some
5. Let students come up one at a time and try to use a letter to
make a word
More Advanced -- Words from Pumpkin Seeds
1. Print out Pumpkin Seed
2. Cut out pumpkin letters
3. Allow students to create words with the letters from pumpkin
4. Write down words on provided worksheet
5. Tally words
Thanks to Lanise Jacoby for this idea!
Five: Create a Pumpkin Patch
1. Have students paint brown paper bags with orange paint. Provide
a variety of sizes for them to choose from (lunch and grocery store
2. Provide students with pre cut squares, circles and triangles
to choose from for eyes, noses, and mouths
3. Stuff paper bags with newspaper and close them with green pipe
4. Twist the end of the pipe cleaners to create vines.
5. Display your pumpkins in the classroom
Six: 5 Little Pumpkins MiniBook
1. Click HERE for a printable minibook to use within your classroom
Seven: Bulletin Board
1. Click HERE for printable lined pumpkin.
2. Use the story starter......One day I planted a pumpkin seed in
my garden and ........
3. Have students write out their stories.
4. Place pumpkins on bulletin board for viewing.
Eight: Find the Pumpkin
1. Visit the
101 Things To Do With A Pumpkin site
2. Print out the pumpkins
You will need 20 pumpkins worth 5 points, 10 pumpkins worth 10 points
and 5 pumpkins worth 15 points. Color the pumpkins and cut them
out. Hide the pumpkins before your class arrives. Do not start the
game until all your guests have arrived. Let everyone know what
areas are off-limits. Have students add up their points at the end
of the game. Candy Corn makes a great prize.
Check out the entire 101
Things site for other good ideas.
Nine: Pumpkin Seed Mosaic
* Pumpkin Seeds (clean)
* Tempera paint (dark colors)
* Paint brush
* Shallow container
* Thick paper (poster board)
* Wax paper or newspaper
Click HERE for full directions.
Ten: Grow A Pumpkin
For our more advanced math students -- visit Pumpkin Multiples at Math Playground. The students can choose their level of math expertise to collect pumpkins!
Idea submitted by Dawn Schwartz
I break my class up into five groups with a grown up who carves the pumpkin for the group...we estimate the number of seeds, and then pull them out...to make counting easier..we group seeds into 10s using circles on newsprint and then put groups of 10 together to make cups of 100. As the parents are carving the pumpkin...the students are recording the steps using pictures and words to describe each step on their graphic organizer. After the pumpkins are finished, we then record the number of seeds from each group to make a class bar graph...using a different color for each group. We then spend the rest of the day writing a "How To" paragraph on how we carved our pumpkins.