We planted a few pumpkin seeds in February as a test run in our raised garden to see if growing pumpkins for Halloween was a viable option. Well, we watched our little seeds sprout and grow into long and twisty vines and bloom. We watched our little pumpkins grow and grow and grow.
In the end, we harvested over 80 pounds of pumpkins and we have been exploring the pumpkins the last few days.
We have been reading our pumpkin books on and off since we planted our seeds.
Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by Jill Esbaum
The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
Pumpkin Circle: The Story of the Garden by George Levenson
We counted our pumpkins.
Questions: How many pumpkins do we have? How many big pumpkins do we have? How many small pumpkins do we have? How many large pumpkins do we have? Do we have any medium pumpkins?
We measured our pumpkins.
Questions: Is the pumpkin bigger around than your waist? Bigger around than your head? Is the pumpkin taller than your baby doll?
We weighed our pumpkins.
Questions: Does the pumpkin weigh more than you or less than you? Which pumpkin do you think will be the heaviest? Which pumpkin do you think will be the lightest?
We even turned a few into “pumpkin geoboards” and made shapes with rubber bands.
Ruby was not a fan of actually touching “pumpkin guts”. She said they were too slippery. I have to agree. It isn’t my most favorite thing to touch in the world.
She REALLY got into them once I placed them in a plastic bag, however. That was a game changer. It started as something to experience with her hands and quickly turned into a full body experiment. She spent a chunk of time experimenting and squeezing the bag every way she could think of. If your little one is not a fan of actually touching the inside of the pumpkin, this is great way to modify the activity into a different sensory experience.
Ruby wasn’t interested in touching the inside of the pumpkin but that didn’t mean she was not interested in investigating the pumpkin in other ways. She looked at it with her microscope and with her magnifying glass. She smelled the pumpkin, felt the outside shell, and investigated the stem. She also checked out the little spot on the bottom of the pumpkin where the flower used to be.
We will bake the seeds. We will also bake some pumpkin to make puree. Ruby has requested pumpkin smoothies.We will try and make a few desserts to share with friends.
Our next really important pumpkin related job is to plant our seeds for that Halloween harvest this week. We are looking forward to growing a some big pumpkins to carve with friends and lots of smaller pumpkins to bake delicious treats.