Posted by: ad65shorty | October 22, 2009

Pumpkin Math and Activities

Here are some fun ideas to incorporate learning into the fun of having a pumpkin! In the first few activities, have your child estimate or guess, and then really figure it out! For teachers, this is a great classroom activity that your students can do with either individual pumpkins or a big classroom pumpkin.

1. How big around do you think your pumpkin is? (use a string for guessing–cut it, and then have them put it around the pumpkin to see how accurate they are)

2. How many lines do you think your pumpkin has?

3. How much does your pumpkin weigh? (you can usually use a bathroom scale for medium to big pumpkins)

4. How tall is your pumpkin? (you can use unifix cubes or blocks or even a ruler!)

5. Does your pumpkin have a long or short stem?

6. Is your pumpkin big or small?

7. How thick is its skin? (this is done with a ruler after you open it)

8. How many seeds do you think your pumpkin has? (a fun way to count is to provide little snack cups and have your children put 10 in each, then you can help them count by tens to figure out the total)

Other activities:

1. What are you going to name it?

2. Before carving, allow your children to draw a face on it. Both crayons and permanent markers work well for this.

3. Dry and roast the seeds for a healthy snack.

4. Dry the seeds and then put into a bin for a sensory experience.

 

Any other ideas?

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