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Looking for some free pumpkin printables to add to your homeschool during the month of October? I’ve got you covered!
Fall is officially here. That means all things pumpkin – pumpkin spice latte, local pumpkin patch adventures, carving pumpkins, pumpkin pie, and roasting pumpkin seeds.
What better time than now for a little pumpkin exploration in your homeschool? Here’s a fun way to do it!
Have your kids find a pumpkin they want to investigate, grab my free pumpkin printables at the bottom of the post, and have fun making observations, collecting data, and experimenting!
We love taking an annual trip to the pumpkin patch and picking out just the right pumpkins. Besides being fun to use in decorating, carving, and baking, there are many ways you can use pumpkins as a teaching tool in your homeschool!
Fun Facts About Pumpkins
Did you know the following facts about pumpkins?
- The work “pumpkin” comes from the Greek word “pepon” which means large melon.
- Pumpkin is a type of squash.
- Pumpkins are fruit native to America.
- A pumpkin may contain about 500 seeds!
- Bees are very important in pollinating pumpkin flowers.
- Pumpkin shape and size can vary greatly. The largest pumpkin grown was in Switzerland and reached over 2000 pounds.
- Illinois is the state the grows the most pumpkins each year.
Homeschooling with Pumpkins
There are a lot of creative ways you can use pumpkins in your homeschool as you incorporate them into your fall crafts, lesson plans, and learning activities. Here are just a few fun ideas:
Art & Craft Project Ideas
Pumpkin crafts are always a hit! Grab some fun paints to decorate your pumpkins. If you have younger kids, they can make pumpkin prints with washable paint on a big piece of paper.
Have your kids draw a design for how they are going to carve or decorate their pumpkin.
Make your own homemade pumpkin spice playdough. Not only will this make your home smell wonderful, but you can get in some fine motor skills practice by incorporating these fun Play-doh toys or a playdough mat.
Find out what nutrients and vitamins are in pumpkins and how they can benefit us. Learn what parts of the pumpkin are good to eat and why (then bake a pumpkin pie together!).
History of Pumpkins
Look up the history of jack-o-lanterns with your kids, and discover how pumpkins came to be associated with both Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Science in Action
Take a trip to local pumpkin patches and talk to the owners about how they grow pumpkins.
Once you’ve carved your pumpkins, you can use them as a great way to observe decomposition! You might enjoy reading the book Pumpkin Jack with your kids to learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin.
Print off pictures of all types of pumpkins of different sizes, shapes, and colors. Let your kids classify them.
Math with Pumpkins
Estimate the weight of different pumpkins, and practice measuring with them. Discuss the units of measurement and use different tools to measure certain parts (for example, you might use math cubes to measure the height, or string to measure the circumference).
Count how many seeds your pumpkin has, using different counting strategies. The book How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? will be a fun addition to this activity, helping you reinforce skip counting and estimation.
Plus, you’ll want to make sure to use my free pumpkin printables to investigate your pumpkins even further!
Free Pumpkin Printable Activities
There are 8 pages in this PDF file. Your Kids will learn all about the life-cycle of a pumpkin, different parts of a pumpkin, and have fun gather and recording data with this activity.
It’s a perfect addition to any of your fall homeschool activities! Here’s are a few of the activities included in the free printables:
My Pumpkin Investigation Page
Your kids will choose their own pumpkin and record it’s size, how it looks, whether they think it will sink or float (and what it actually does), height and weight, and correct number of seeds. They’ll also draw a picture of how they’d like to carve it.
Parts of a Pumpkin
Learn what makes up a pumpkin and complete a matching activity. For a bonus, see if your kids can identify all of these parts on their own pumpkins!
Life Cycle of a Pumpkin
A cut-and-paste activity that will teach your kids a pumpkin’s life cycle.
From a list of facts about pumpkins, decide which ones are true and which are false.
Pumpkin Pieces Graph
Create a spinner using a paperclip and a brad/paper fastener and create a graph of how many times you land on each spot.
Grab Your Free Pumpkin Printables
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What are some of your favorite fall family activities? I’d love to hear about any of your pumpkin activities – drop a comment below!
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