Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkin Science for Kids

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Little Wonders' Days
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Thank you for linking your posts up last weekend! It was hard to decide which ones to feature this week as there were so many interesting posts. I decided to pick a few pumpkin themed posts since our after school fun and learning was all about pumpkins.

how to make paper bag jack-o-lanterns

Vicky at Mess for Less and her crew made these adorable paper bag jack-o-lanterns.  Don't they look cute all lined up!

pumpkin sensory bin

Joyce at Dinosaurs and Octopuses shared a fun sensory time her little one had with a pumpkin.  You just have to go see her post to see just how much sensory this involved!  I think it's a great reminder that some kids shy away from some sensory play, but with a little encouragement might have a little, or a lot, of fun!

pumpkin crafts

I Heart Crafty Things shared a fun way to make a pumpkin patch.  They used a tp roll, paint, and some squeeze bottles, stop by Rachel's blog for the full details.

This last one I just had to share since it such a fun way to teach syllables.  Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational shared how to make and use this syllable drum and a-go-along book.

Feel free to grab a featured button and thanks again for sharing at the AfterSchool party.
Little Wonders' Days

We had fun with our pumpkin yesterday. Or, should I say one of our pumpkins...we have 4.  It seems that all the kids keep coming home from school with them!

pumpkin science experiments for kids

We read the book From Seed To Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer and then made a list of observations about our pumpkin. Next, I gave the kids a list of questions to answer.  
  • How much does our pumpkin weigh?
  • What does it weigh after we scoop out the inside?
  • What number sentence can we write that tells us how much the insides weigh?
  • What is the pumpkin's circumference?
  • What shape is our pumpkin? Juiciness and Sassyfras said it was a circle. Little J added that it was more like a sphere.
pumpkin science for kids

All three kids weighed and measured the pumpkin (not that the younger two really understood what they were doing, but they like doing it anyway.  I did ask them if they thought certain items were bigger or smaller than our pumpkin and they do understand that.)

pumpkin science experiments for kids
  • Will our pumpkin sink or float?  Why? 
Little J said float, because it was hollow that it would be able to push enough water out of the way to float.  Of course the other two followed his lead and said it would float, but no reasoning as to why.  They seemed to think watching a pumpkin float in my tub was the best thing ever...eVer.
pumpkin science for kids
 Sassyfras and Juiciness helped scoop the inside out.  We saved a few seeds to try to sprout and roasted the rest.  We'll finish carving it tomorrow. 

We ended our pumpkin fun by piling into my bed to watch It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and to eat popcorn.

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Deceptively Educational said...

Thanks SO much for featuring our syllable drum. It has been SO MUCH fun!

Julie said...

Great pumpkin activities! We carved our pumpkins and watched It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown last night. It was fun!

Sherri said...

Love all the pumpkin activities!

Ticia said...

I love how each of you spotlights things and each of you thinks a different thing is worth investigating.

Joyce said...

Thank you for featuring my post! I'm really glad you liked it.

Your pumpkin activities looked fun and very educational. I love how they are already forming hypotheses!

Raising a Happy Child said...

I love what you did. Next year I'll add circumference measurement for our pumpkins too!

Deb Chitwood said...

Your pumpkin science activities look great! And I've gotten way too distracted pinning posts to my Pinterest boards again! I added yours to my Pumpkin Unit Study board: :)

Kelly said...

Thank you Deb! I'm so glad that you linked up your pumpkin activity round up. I love reading your round ups.

Rose said...

Looks like fun!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I love the pumpkin floating in the tub - what fun! We'll have to do that, whenever we get our power back...