I’m not going to lie. I’m that typical homeschool mom who is bringing out the pumpkins before it’s dipped before 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and I’m not really sorry about it. While it’s become a cliche of autumn decor and spiced lattes all over the United States, there is still something fascinating about this humble member of the Cucurbitaceae family.
While most of my unit studies are based around preschool age, I want to start opening up the content to include material to incorporate older siblings or students of any level that would enjoy this material. The format will be the same as previous unit studies. Enjoy!
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Things to Watch
A Pumpkin Grows is a simple video that shows footage of every stage of a pumpkin’s life cycle. It’s formatted for preschoolers so it’s a short, to the point video that focuses on simple concepts.
Another great video for young ones, this is a recording of Amanda Ellis singing “Do You Know How Pumpkins Grow?” with her guitar along to images. It’s sings along through the life cycle of the pumpkin and would be great to incorporate into Morning Circle or your morning basket if you enjoy songs.
If you don’t live nearby a pumpkin patch, Miss Tracey gives a fun tour of Burt’s pumpkin patch. She’s engaging and points out the differences between different varieties. This video could spark some great conversation about size, texture, and color differences between varieties of pumpkins.
This video from the “How Does It Grow” series on True Food TV is meant for grade school students and talks about the history of Pumpkin crops and gets deeper into the life cycle of this crop. The footage is beautiful and would be appropriate for preschoolers, but they may not grasp all the concepts explained.
Things to Read
This beautiful book follows the life cycle of a Pumpkin in a backyard pumpkin patch. The verse flows easily and the pictures capture your attention.
How Many Seeds In A Pumpkin is a story that revolves around 3 pumpkins the teacher has brought into class one day. The book works to reinforce counting skills and would be a great addition to Morning Circle and working on simple mental math. It also is a character building title that models kind behavior.
Things to Do
If you have kids who love slime (it’s a sensory staple at our house!), try out this recipe for pumpkin fluffy slime. This post from Little Bins for Little Hands talks you through the science of fluffy slime and would make an excellent science/sensory project depending on the age of your student.
While this project from Playdough to Plato isn’t necessarily pumpkin related, it is pumpkin themed! This simple project is focused on learning about the states of matter and what it means when something is water soluble.
If you are someone who is always looking for a gluten free playdough, this pumpkin themed one from Fun at Home with Kids may be what you’re looking for!
If you’ve got a student that is working on letter or number formation or even some form drawing, this how to from Crafts on Sea would be a great easy project!
While the possibilities are endless when it comes to stories and content, this is a great jumping point to explore this topic with your child. Happy pumpkin studies!