Next week is Pumpkin Week in Exploring Nature with Children. We are exploring pumpkins this week and next week as we prepare for Halloween.
I am soooo excited for this week because of the amazing books I get to share with the kids, as well as the engaging materials I have prepared, and hands on activities I have planned. You can follow along on our adventures this week on Instagram @kidslitlife .
Here is a sneak peek at what we will be up to.
Books We Will Use:
Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington – Jamie plants a pumpkin seed, watches it grow until it is ready to be turned into a jack-o-lantern.
*I am going to use this one to introduce the life cycle of a pumpkin.
Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell – Tim begrudgingly leaves his jack-o-lantern Jack in the garden after he begins to rot. Tim watches Jack as he decomposes over fall and winter. In the spring a pumpkin sprout appears and Jack watches and waits for pumpkins to grow. He shares his pumpkin bounty with his friends in this gentle story that teaches about the life cycle of a pumpkin.
*We’re going to talk about the parts of a pumpkin with this one.
The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin by Margaret Wise Brown & Richard Egilski – This book reinforces the life cycle of a pumpkin, but with a fun story intertwined.
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White & Megan Lloyd – Rebecca has hated pumpkins since she was a child. One day a large pumpkin rolls off a truck and lands in her yard. She covers the thing with dirt and forgets about it. Of course she ends up with too many pumpkins, but she learns to love them again.
*I plan on reading this to Big Kid while we have pumpkin cookies baking in the oven. We bake pumpkin cookies together in the fall at least once a year.
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara & G. Brian Karas – A teacher asks his class how many seeds are in a pumpkin. Is it based on size? The children in the story choose different ways to count the seeds in three different sized pumpkins to find out.
*We will be reading parts of this one before and after carving our pumpkin. This is one Big Kid is going to grow into, but is perfect for school-aged children.
The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons – This one will be available this week and next week to help us answer any questions we have about pumpkins.
See the Pumpkin Book List here for some other great pumpkin books.
As a family we are going to carve the pumpkin we picked out at the pumpkin patch last weekend. I have such fond memories of doing this as a family when I was a child, and am so excited I get to continue this tradition with my kids. We’re also going to talk about the parts of a pumpkin while we do this.
We will also be counting pumpkins and pumpkin seeds as Big Kid is super interested in counting, 1:1 match, and the symbols for numbers right now.
What’s your favorite pumpkin activity?
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