The Biggest Pumpkin Ever Extension Activities
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
The pumpkin is a wonderful subject for observation, prediction, measurement, and problem solving.
Children can first predict and then measure or count:
- how heavy the pumpkin is
- how tall
- how big around
- how many ribs it has
- the thickness of its skin
- the thickness of its meat
- the number of scoops of seeds it contains. (Use coffee scoops or any similar measures, making sure they are the same size for each student.)
Children can describe:
- the color of the inside and outside of the pumpkin
- the appearance of the inside and outside
- the size, color, and shape of the seeds
Children can observe the pumpkin and determine:
- if the ribs on the pumpkin correspond to the ridges on the stem
- the purpose of the bottom of the pumpkin
Ask the children to predict what will happen when a pumpkin is placed in a container of water.
- Do they think it will float or sink?
- What position will it be in: stem up? stem down? stem to the left? to the right? T
- hen actually place a pumpkin in a water tank and see the results.
- Ask the children to guess if all pumpkins float the same way.
- Try other fruits or vegetables. Will they float or sink? What position will they be in?
- Children can draw a picture of what they think the inside of a pumpkin will look like when it is cut open.
- If there is a toaster oven at your school, you can roast the pumpkin seeds for children to eat.
- Children can grow their own class pumpkin plants. Rinse off a scoop of pumpkin seeds and allow them to dry. Then place them either in a paper cup with a little soil or on a piece of damp paper towel in a sealable plastic bag.