*Letter J >
*Letter P > Pumpkin
Crafts > Pumpkins
Colors > Orange
Environment > Recycling
*Oct. 31st > Halloween
*Nov. > Thanksgiving
Online Coloring >
Online Jigsaw Puzzles > Pumpkins and Scarecrow Pumpkin
Math | Social Studies > Science
*Visit a pumpkin patch
Vegetable > Cooking pumpkins
During these activities
children will have fun and explore pumpkins, practice letter P or J,
listen to a wonderful story online and
more! There are many activities, so these can be done over a
number of days.
Note: It would be wonderful to have real
pumpkins for the children to see, touch and smell for these
activities and try to wear orange during the activities.
Activity 1: Learning about Pumpkins (Science, Social Studies,
Pumpkin - The Scary Squash: Share this fascinating
presentation for children about the history of pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns.
Alphabet > Pp is for Pumpkin or
J is for Jack-o'-Lantern
Printable Activities and Lesson Plan
Online Coloring > Pumpkins
Skills: colors, use of computer mouse
with Jack-o'-lantern head
Activity > Pumpkin theme Autumn
Select educational printable activities, such as mazes, October
calendar, and more.
Activity > Online Jigsaw
Skill: problem solving, use of computer mouse
Here are three fun 6-piece online puzzles the youngest child can
enjoy. To increase the number of pieces, click on the
SHAPE button on the left.
Activity > Nursery Rhymes and Music >Nursery
Rhyme: Peter, Peter Pumpkin-Eater
Activity > Environmental
Awareness > Recycling and Shapes > Ben
& Jerry's Virtual Pumpkin
This online activity provides additional shape practice and
additional learning activities:
1. On the initial screen children get to select a
pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and they are in different shapes.
Point out how the pumpkins grow low on the ground on vines.
The pumpkin is a vegetable. It takes quite a bit of land space
to grow pumpkins.
2. The Three
R's Theme> Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: After children
select their pumpkin and a new window opens they will click and drag
items from the compost bin to decorate the pumpkin. Make sure
to discuss the terms reduce, reuse, and recycle. Visit this
related activity for information.
3. Shapes: The children can identify
the different shapes from the compost bin to decorate their pumpkin
- stars, circles, crescent. etc.
Activity > Pumpkins > Social Studies | Nutrition |
Activity > Online > Nutrition and Math
Focus on the orange color of pumpkins to help children remember that
this color is representative of nutritious content (beta
carotene-Vitamin A) , and compare to the carrot, a vegetable that is
* Science / Social Studies & Math: For this
activity slice the pumpkin so children can see, touch and smell the
pumpkin and see the seeds. Graph on a board their comments
about their sensory experiences. A complete set of separate
activities can be conducted to explore pumpkin growth and
Activity > Coloring and More >
Coloring Pages | Autumn
Many of these coloring pages feature pumpkins or jack-o'-lanterns,
and can be used as
a separate activity. The images can be cut out to
make window or bulletin board decorations, hand puppets,
dress a plain lunch or small shopping bag to make trick or treat
bags. Add some lines to the inside of the pumpkins to make
fun practice writing paper for emergent writers or to make large greeting
cards, reward certificates or just to write or type a note
or small newsletter to parents.
Activity > Art Appreciation > A
Use real pumpkins to make a still life painting still life
painting with this related activity.
Activity > Pumpkin Patch > Visit a pumpkin
farm in your area or
recreate a pumpkin patch by placing pumpkins the children can find outdoors and take
home. For preschool & child care facilities: Every
family can donate the pumpkin (or the money to purchase them at a
local farmer's market), ahead of time for the activity. A
separate activity can be done for the children to decorate them.
Activity > Fun in the Kitchen or a visit Farmer's Market
and carving a pumpkin:
Pumpkin recipes here
or a visit to a farmer's market to choose a
pumpkin for decorating or carving.
University - Pumpkins and More
Farm Locator - Illinois University, Pumpkins and More
*Try to dress in something orange today - both educator and children.