Pumpkin Activity for Kids!

Happy October!

I found a great pumpkin project for kids on Pinterest (originally from www.GrowinginPreK.com), and just had to share. It’s easy, cheap, and educational. Here’s what you do:

1. Cut the top off of a small pumpkin.

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2. Dig up some nice, rich soil.

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3. Fill the pumpkin with soil and set it in a place that gets some sun.

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4. Add a little water (about 1/4 cup per day), and wait. Three to four days later . . . you’ll find a special surprise! New pumpkin plants!!

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And over the next couple of days, more plants!

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And even more plants!

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If you look closely, you can see the pumpkin seed at the tip of each new seedling.

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I think we may plant ours (pumpkin and all) in a few weeks. Will keep you posted!

 

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4 Responses to Pumpkin Activity for Kids!

  1. Susy October 4, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    What a great idea! Do you need to bring the plant indoors if there is a threat for frost?

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba October 5, 2013 at 11:21 am #

      Thanks Susy! We are so far from a frost here in Texas, I didn’t even think about it :) I bet you are correct though. Smart to bring the plant inside if it is going to freeze!

  2. Sandy Sykora February 15, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    Marie, after my students measured the circumferance of our pumpkin, cut off the top, and removed most of the seeds and counted them we added soil and put water in it. We got one pumpkin plant. It has been a wealth of learning for my student: seed to plant, parts of plant, function of parts, pollination, problems due to insects and weather and how to handle each problem, and transplanting. I wish I had taken pictures. Would you be so kind as to send your pictures to me? It will help us remember the early stages of our pumpkin so we can document it as a class project. We haven’t had a pumpkin yet. The blooms keep falling off. We live in Florida, but the cold and days that we have had frost has been a problem. However, We covered our pumpkin plant with a large box on cold days. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we will get a pumpkin and discuss the life cycle of a pumpkin plant. sandra.sykora@desoto.k12.fl.us

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba February 26, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

      Hi Sandra! Thanks for the comment! I emailed you all of my pumpkin pictures — hope they are useful for your class! Best wishes, Marie

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