Pumpkins are full of learning opportunities for young children and one of the most classic and versatile symbols of fall. Children adore picking them, carrying them around, scooping them out, roasting the seeds, cooking pumpkin muffins and making amazing faces on them. I could probably teach a four week unit on them and never run out of great art, science and math activities to do!
Here are two great books to inspire you with pumpkin ideas. “Pumpkin Pumpkin” by Jeanne Titherington takes you through a pumpkins life, from seed to Jack-o-lantern and is great for children young and old. “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin” by Margaret McNamara is about an elementary school class who counts pumpkin seeds. This story has a wonderful prosocial message of bigger does not necessarily mean better. They also count their pumpkin seeds by first sorting them into small cups of ten. A wonderful way to approach handling big numbers and practicing counting by tens. Excellent for the older preschooler or older sibling.