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Pumpkin's for Kids, Classrooms, and Families

Updated on December 8, 2014

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!

Pumpkin Science

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.

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.

Cool Colors!

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.

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Just about right and ready for carving.This young pumpkin is coming along nicely.It looks like a bumper crop come autumn!Early summer pumpkin vines, foliage, and flowers.Small container pumpkin.We planted this old boat with pumpkin seeds we saved from the previous year.Pumpkins on display - a signature of autumn.Too many for the boat we had to harvest early.A few weeks later and the pumpkins have gained a healthy orange glow.And in the end, jack o' lanterns, and more seed for next year!
Just about right and ready for carving.
Just about right and ready for carving.
This young pumpkin is coming along nicely.
This young pumpkin is coming along nicely.
It looks like a bumper crop come autumn!
It looks like a bumper crop come autumn!
Early summer pumpkin vines, foliage, and flowers.
Early summer pumpkin vines, foliage, and flowers.
Small container pumpkin.
Small container pumpkin.
We planted this old boat with pumpkin seeds we saved from the previous year.
We planted this old boat with pumpkin seeds we saved from the previous year.
Pumpkins on display - a signature of autumn.
Pumpkins on display - a signature of autumn.
Too many for the boat we had to harvest early.
Too many for the boat we had to harvest early.
A few weeks later and the pumpkins have gained a healthy orange glow.
A few weeks later and the pumpkins have gained a healthy orange glow.
And in the end, jack o' lanterns, and more seed for next year!
And in the end, jack o' lanterns, and more seed for next year!

Pumpkin Recipes

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!

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.

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      Ana 4 years ago

      I would like to try to grow pumpkins:) Excellent lens:)

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 5 years ago from Johanesburg

      I love pumpkins and would like to grow one.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      My dad loved pumpkin jam.

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      barbiefashionistas 5 years ago

      I love pumpkins!

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      We try to grow pumpkins every year. Fun lens! Thank you for sharing!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I plan to grow some pumpkins this year. Thanks for the resources. Appreciated!