Fall has to be my favourite season. But I have to admit that this pregnancy is making me love it even more. I am so relieved to have cooler weather, the smell of pumpkin everything (not to mention the huge freezer meal portion of pumpkin pancakes that will be made later today), and occasional rainstorms that give me the perfect excuse to snuggle up with the hubby and kiddo under a warm blanket.Did I mention everything pumpkin? This most definitely extends to our homeschool activities! What makes this so much fun for us though is that Y is just as into pumpkins as I am! He loves to eat them and had a blast planting our pumpkin seeds this summer! Naturally, he is also seriously excited for our pumpkin pancakes. The tons of pumpkin themed hands on activities may have helped to get his enthusiasm up! Here’s what we’ve been up to!
Pumpkin Activities: Hands on Activities and Printables
Age: Y is 4 years old
Goal: The goal of this work was to give the child a general understanding of the life cycle of a pumpkin, its stages of development, and learn basic vocabulary that has to do with pumpkins. Additionally, important practical life skills are practiced, including scissor skills and using a glue stick. This is all done in a hands on and engaging way.
Pumpkin life cycle mat
To start, we discussed the steps of a pumpkin’s growth. As I mentioned, we had planted pumpkin seeds during the summer so Y already had some idea of the different phases of a pumpkin’s growth. We also talked about important vocabulary like ripe, seeds, etc.
To give a lesson, if you can, I always loved to get down on the floor, use my son’s mat to lay out our materials, and discuss the topic at hand. Because of the combination of being both pregnant and paralysed, we sit on the couch together or at a table. There’s no way at 8 months pregnant that I could even attempt to get back into my wheelchair from the ground, but if you can, I always enjoyed that way of giving a presentation or lesson!
Pumpkin life cycle cards
We used pumpkin life cycle cards in two different ways.
Option 1: placing the cards in order
- Lay the cards out in order of growth
- Say the name of each phase
Option 2: matching 2 part cards
- Lay one set of cards out in order of growth
- Match a second set of identical cards to the first
- Say the name of each phase
Note: the printable itself comes with a set of pumpkin life cycle 3 part cards. For children that can read, you can use 3 part cards to help them match the written word to the image, and use the control cards as a control of error.
For children that cannot yet read independently, you can print two sets of the control image cards. These can be used as a matching work.
Interactive pumpkin life cycle mat and cards
The next part of our study was a gluing work using an interactive pumpkin life cycle mat.
This work is pretty simple, but reviews the important skill of gluing. It also gives a nice opportunity for reviewing the phases of the life cycle.
Note: you can also use the Pumpkin life cycle mat as a control of error.
This one was definitely Y’s favourite! We actually ended up doing this one in hubby’s and my bed because I wasn’t feeling fell. Y had so much fun and I was so happy to be able to do something engaging with him while laying down.
Again, for this work, we used the pumpkin life cycle mat as a control of error.
Y had to glue the different phases of a pumpkin’s growth onto the pumpkin shaped cards. Then, we glued the backs of the pumpkin shaped cards to each other to make a sort of ball or interactive book.
His final result:
Alternative: You could also glue the larger pumpkins into an interactive notebook!
All in all, this set of printables was great for a fun, hands on review of a pumpkin’s life cycle. Y most definitely enjoyed the craft that he got to make and was so proud to show Daddy once he got home from work!