It’s pumpkin-everything season! Bring a pumpkin into the early childhood classroom and create some excitement. Pumpkins combine nature and science with writing and literacy. Preschoolers can explore a pumpkin and write observations on the Pumpkin Discovery Activity Page. Color, count, draw, measure, and describe. In this blog post, find a pumpkin discovery activity page that encourages children to make observations, document their findings, and engage in critical thinking as well as develop fine motor skills.
Pumpkin Discovery Activity Page
This activity page is designed to accompany the observation of a real pumpkin in your early childhood classroom. It’s a multi-faceted, interactive experience that encourages children to use their senses, develop fine motor skills, and make scientific observations. READ: What’s Inside A Pumpkin?
Materials You’ll Need:
- A real pumpkin (small, medium, or large, or a variety)
- A container for pumpkin seeds
- Connecting cube blocks
- Pumpkin Discovery Activity Page
- Observation and Exploration: Begin by placing the pumpkin in a central location in your classroom. Allow the children to touch, smell, and observe it. Encourage them to describe how it feels, smells, and looks.
- Coloring Fun: Provide coloring materials and ask the kids to color the pumpkin on their activity page. Let their creativity flow as they choose the colors.
- Measuring with Cubes: Use connecting cube blocks to measure the height of the pumpkin. This introduces a basic concept of measurement. Children can record the number of cubes used on their activity page.
- Counting Seeds: After digging out pumpkin seeds, put some into a container for each child (for large groups) or work together to count them as a group. They can write down the number on their activity page. If they are not yet writing numbers, write it for the child to trace or have them tell you what number to write.
- Inside the Pumpkin: Cut the top off the pumpkin (safety first, and you can do this part). Have the children peer inside and draw what they see. This can be a fun, artistic activity that fosters creativity.
- Stem Check: Point to the stem and talk about the stem if it has one. If not, ask the children why they think it’s missing. Have the children check the appropriate box to indicate if the pumpkin has a stem or color the corresponding pumpkin.
- Size Determination: Lastly, ask the children to decide if the pumpkin is small, medium, or large. This activity encourages them to make size comparisons and classifications. They may just want to color all the pumpkins, and that’s fine too. Circle the size choice.
Learning Through Fun
By combining sensory experiences with engaging activities like coloring, counting, and measuring, you’re not only encouraging a love for learning but also helping young children develop cognitive and fine motor skills. Plus, they get to have a blast while doing it!
Remember, as early childhood educators, creating a supportive and encouraging environment is key. Praise their efforts, ask open-ended questions, and allow them to share their findings and artwork with their friends.
Add the pumpkin discovery activity page to your fall curriculum; it’s going to be fun!
Download the Pumpkin Discovery Activity Page
Combine sensory exploration and nature with literacy and writing.