Pumpkin's for Kids, Classrooms, and Families
All About Pumpkins!
Have you ever wondered how a small seed can grow into a big pumpkin?
Each year I grow my own pumpkin patch from the seeds of the previous year. If you have plenty of room in yoour yard or garden you can begin your never-ending cycle of pumpkins. If you don't have room then there is still plenty to learn and enjoy about pumpkins!
There is plenty to explore and discover about the local pumpkin patch - from a small seed, through bright yellow flowers, colorful with squishy insides kids and families will see that life cycles are found throughout nature, even in pumpkins!
Pumpkin science facts and classroom resources for at school or home , tips for growing pumpkins, pumpkin recipes, crafts and more about the magnificent pumpkin!
This resource will allow kids and caregivers to create a home-grown pumpkin and discover the life cycle of living things throughout the seasons and growing cycles.
Pumpkin fans everywhere will enjoy crafts, stories, and recipes from the pumpkin patch!
Native to North America, pumpkins are one of the most visible symbols of the Autumn harvest. Pumpkins are vegetables which have a thick shell which is full of pulp and seeds. Traditionally we think of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and carved jack 'o lanterms at halloween.
Members of the squash family, the cultivers we most often see at Halloween, carved as jack 'o' lanterns are from the cuiltiver cucurbita pepo. These pumpkins usually grow to between 6 and 18 pounds (2.7 to 8.2 kg). A much larger version. the cucurbita maximus can grow to a much larger pumpkin of 75 pounds (34 kg.) and more! Can you imagine trying to carve through the thick shell of one of those giant pumpkins?
Pumpkins have a thick shell which is full of pulp and seeds.
Children love pumpkins and whether at school or at home these resources are perfect for planning pumpkin themed lesson plans and activities.
Explore More Online About Pumpkins From These Fun Resources
- Pumpkin Records
Did you know that giant pumpkins can weigh as much as 1,000 pounds!
- Pumpkin Cam
Watch the big pumpkin grow!
- Pumpkin Facts
Fantastic facts about pumpkins.
- Pumpkin Science Activities
More fun with pumpkins from the folks at eHow!
- Kids Growing Pumpkins
Everything you need to know to grow your own pumpkins!
Which comes first, the pumpkin or the seed?
Your journey through the life cycle of a pumpkin begins and ends with the seed? As spring approaches it is time to get ready for the pumpkin patch.
Pumpkins are an annual vine plant. Annual plants are those which complete all levels of their life within one year - from pumpkin seed to vines which produce flowers, pumpkins, and at the end, pumpkin seeds - for next years' annual pumpkin patch.
Pumpkins in the Classroom
Back-to-school and Autumn are a terrific time to add some pumpkin to the curriculum. Either in the classroom or at home these websites will prove to be a starting point for pumpkin exploration.
- Pumpkin Exploration - An Elementary Activity
In this activity students in cooperative groups search, suggest, question, predict, and estimate the number of seeds in a set of pumpkins. They will combine mathematical procedures and scientific observation to learn more about this seasonal delight.
- How Do You Preserve a Jack O' Lantern?
The purpose of this experiment was to test the effectiveness of various methods of preserving a carved pumpkin (jack o' lantern).
- Pump Up the Curriculum with Pumpkins!
Seasonal science, math, and writing tasks for K-6. From Education World.
- Pumpkins in the Primary Classroom
If you teach primary grade students, it's virtually impossible to avoid the excitement inspired by the harvesting of fall pumpkins.
- Pumpkin Lesson Plans, Activities, Printables & Teaching Ideas
More fun resources for learning about pumpkins!
Instead of using candles to light up your Jack O' Lantern try glow sticks - and they come in many cool colors!
Pumpkin Photo Gallery - From my personal pumpkin patch.Click thumbnail to view full-size
A selection of family friendly pumpkin faire!
Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, pumpkins bring health benefits to the Autumn table. The nutritional benefits of pumpkins and pumpkin seeds make terrific topics for a science nutrition lesson.
While low in calories, this vegetable contains plenty of of vitamins A, C, E, and B-complexes. Minerals include copper, calcium, Potassium, and phosphorus. In addition are antioxidants flavonoid, poly-phenolic and an abundance of the leutin zeo-xanthin, and carotenes.
Pumpkin seeds provide dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids. They are full of vitamins, protein, iron, niacin, selenium, and zinc. All this goodness and without cholesterol!
- Kids Cooking Activities
Pumpkin recipes and ideas for kids. A few crafty ideas too.
- Moms Who Think Pumpkin Recipes
A nice selesction of yummy pumpkin surprises!
- Pumpkin Recipes
Welcome to PumpkinRecipes.org, possibly the best collection of free recipes for pumpkin on the internet.
- Joy of Baking
Tested Baking & Dessert Recipes & Videos
- Easy Pumpkin Recipes
From Canadian Living Magazine,
How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin
It takes a special type of gardener to grow a giant pumpkin. Penn State and the Three-Minute-Gardener share some insider tips from giant pumpkin grower Larry Checkon.