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!
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:
- The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
- How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara (also a great idea for more science and math exploration)
- From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer
- Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell (This book inspired us to try growing pumpkins of our own!)
- Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper (This includes a recipe to make the soup!)
- carving supplies (like a knife or carving kit)
- paper plate
- paint and brush
- Cut a circle in the middle of a paper plate then glue it to a piece of paper.
- Paint the plate and paper combination so it looks like a pumpkin.
- Once it dries glue the fibrous strands, pulp, and seeds inside the hole of the paper plate onto the paper.
- 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.