Fall is the perfect time of year to explore pumpkins with your students! While your students are chatting about their Halloween costumes, sneak in a little simple science lesson as your open up your pumpkins and look inside with this exploring a pumpkin activity.
Getting Exploring A Pumpkin Activity Ready
This is a messy science activity your students are going to LOVE!
- Sharp Knife
- Yellow Yarn
I suggest you lay down newspaper or butcher paper to make clean up easy!
Doing Exploring A Pumpkin Activity
Start by using your Five Senses to feel, smell, and hear the outside of the pumpkin.
Next, adults will need to help to cut each pumpkin from the stem down through the middle of the pumpkin.
Once the pumpkin is open, allow students to felt the inside of the pumpkin skin, the guts, and the seeds.
Next, use a spoon to scoop all of the insides out and save the seeds for a later activity (or for roasting!).
Use the recoding sheet to record pumpkin findings.
Use the pumpkin outline sheet and colored it in according to how the actual pumpkin looks.
Next, cut 1-2 inch pieces of yellow yarn and glued on, this represented the guts of the pumpkin.
After the yarn is on, glue on some of the seeds from the actual pumpkin. It helped them stick with the glue if we wiped them off with a towel first.
The Science Behind Exploring A Pumpkin
This activity helps children explore their sensory skills. Feeling the various parts of the pumpkin and seeing how the pieces fit together. Part of the five senses are engaged by feeling the pumpkin, smelling as well as observing. Observation skills are encouraged in this activity as well.
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