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 your 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 that have a thick shell that is full of pulp and seeds. Traditionally we think of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and carved jack 'o lanterns at Halloween.
Members of the squash family, the cultivars we most often see at Halloween, carved as jack 'o' lanterns are from the cultivar 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 that is full of pulp and seeds.
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 is an activity where 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.
Pump Up the Curriculum With Pumpkins from Education World features seasonal science, math, and writing tasks for students from kindergarten to the sixth grade.
Pumpkin Lesson Plans, Activities, Printables, and Teaching Ideas offer 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!
Fun for the kid's in the kitchen, Kid's Cooking Activities includes pumpkin recipes and ideas for kids. A few crafty ideas too. Mom's Who Think share some yummy pumpkin surprises. PumpkinRecipes.com has perhaps, the largest selection of pumpkin recipes on the Internet!
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.