Pumpkin science

What’s happening in the early childhood world of Pumpkin Science? Have you planted and harvested pumpkins? Have you weighed, floated, cut-open, counted seeds, printed, or rolled pumpkins?

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I have pumpkins, now I need some ideas!

Peggy

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3 Comments

  1. wendi
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    we planted pumpkins in the spring and harvested 6 of them last month. then we drew pictures of them, weighed them, cut them open to smell and touch the inside, and cooked up pumpkin bread and pumpkin soup. We have a couple left in the room and we haven’t decided what to do with them, but estimating and counting seeds would be fun!

  2. Marie Faust Evitt
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    We went on a fieldtrip to a pumpkin patch. All the children could choose their own small pumpkin. The pumpkins then had a “sleepover” at school—meaning that we kept the pumpkins overnight so we could do activities the next day at school. In addition to weighing the pumpkins, children measured the circumference with a cloth tape measure. Then we measured how big around each child’s head was and compared it to their pumpkin. They LOVED finding out if their head was bigger or smaller than their pumpkin. You could do a similar activity even if each child did not have their own pumpkin. Have a variety of pumpkin sizes and invite children to choose which would most closely match the size of their head, the teacher’s head, etc.

  3. Peggy Ashbrook
    Posted October 31, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    I’ll have to remember the term “sleepover” to use whenever a project has to remain at school another day. There’s an article in the September 2009 issue of Science and Children that sounds like great fun—Science Shorts: Gourd-ous Decomposition, By Amy Rubenstein, Stacey Cleary, and Christina Siry. They give directions for safe exploration of pumpkin rotting, avoiding mold exposure. Their pumpkins had what Marie might call “camp-outs” inside plastic bags and the results sound fascinating. Speaking of safety…Cooking (always a popular activity with my students) is something that science teachers ask early childhood teachers to keep separate from science lessons to prevent children from sampling non-edible materials when they get to the science lab. Seeing how a mixture is changed by heat is cooking and science, and there are so many pumpkin recipes to choose from! Sadly, people can be allergic to pumpkin, so we should always check with parents. Happy pumpkin eating, or rotting, as the case may be, Peggy

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