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Pumpkin Parts – A Science & Art Project

Pumpkin Parts A Science & Art Project from Standard Deviants Accelerate

The months of October and November are all about fall, leaves, pumpkins, Halloween and Thanksgiving. We see all kids of crafts, education, art and more with these themes. What I love about this easy to do project is that it is a little bit of art and science all rolled into one project!

Pumpkin Parts

A great time to do this is right after you have carved your pumpkins because then you can investigate them easily and check out their parts. Otherwise you can purchase small pumpkins specifically for this project. (Especially after Halloween when they get really cheap to buy!)

Before opening up the pumpkins you can read about them (see book list below) and talk about the parts you will be looking for and labeling. Specifically be looking for the rind, ribs, and stem on the outside, as well as the seeds, pulp, and fibrous strands on the inside.

Pumpkin books to go along with this project:

  1. The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
  2. How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara (also a great idea for more science and math exploration)
  3. From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer
  4. Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell (This book inspired us to try growing pumpkins of our own!)
  5. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper (This includes a recipe to make the soup!)

Supplies:

  • pumpkin
  • carving supplies (like a knife or carving kit)
  • paper plate
  • scissors
  • paper
  • glue
  • marker
  • paint and brush

Directions:

    1. Cut a circle in the middle of a paper plate then glue it to a piece of paper. 
    2. Paint the plate and paper combination so it looks like a pumpkin.
    3. Once it dries glue the fibrous strands, pulp, and seeds inside the hole of the paper plate onto the paper.
    4. End with labeling it.  You can either print or write the parts onto strips of paper, or have your kids write them on the strips of paper themselves.

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Crayon Drip Pumpkin Craft

Crayon Drip Pumpkin Craft from Standard Deviants Accelerate

I have so many old crayons in our house. I started collecting them into a zip-lock bag to intentionally use for crayon drip crafts throughout this year. This pumpkin is the first of them we are going to try. So grab you pumpkins and your crayons and let’s get started on this fun Crayon Drip Pumpkin Craft!

Crayon Drip Pumpkin Craft

Supplies:

  • any sized pumpkin (the medium sized ones work well for this)
  • Tacky Glue
  • Crayons (remove all labels before beginning)
  • Hair dryer
  • Trash bag to do the project on

Directions:

  1. Begin by spreading out a trash bag over your work space. This will protect your table from any melting crayon gone rogue!
  2. Be sure your crayons are about half size. Break them if needed.
  3. Glue your crayons around the stem like rays of sun shining out from the stem.
  4. Using a hair dryer apply heat to the crayons in a downward direction. It takes about 30 seconds to a minute for each crayon to melt and drip. Experiment with more or less drip making some longer or shorter, wider or more narrow.

Variations:

  • Try using sparkle crayons
  • Try painting the pumpkin first. For instance you could paint the whole pumpkin black, then after it drys drip crayons down it for a cool nighttime/darkness/Halloween feel. Or paint it white and then use orange and yellow to create a candy corn looking pumpkin.

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