This summer we planted a garden and I had high hopes of growing our own pumpkins for carving, pies, and pumpkin-themed science investigations. But nature didn’t agree with my high hopes and our hot, dry Midwestern summer scorched the seedlings and my wonderful “real life” homeschooling plans. However, “flexibility” has become my motto of homeschooling with little ones, and the need for a plan B inspired this simple craft and writing project.
This craft is not only fun and easy, it integrates several subjects (science, writing, art), and is easy to adapt for different ages and stages.
- Pumpkin Parts Printable
- White or orange card stock (or paper)
- Crayons, pencil
- Piece of yarn or string
- Glue (liquid or glue stick)
- Stapler (optional)
Observing, Describing, and Writing
First, we spent some time looking at the details on the outside of a pumpkin. We talked about the color, texture, shape, etc., and made a list of the features on the Describing a Pumpkin sheet (included in the free printable download). Depending on the age of your children, this would be a good chance to sneak a little grammar lesson in and talk about using strong adjectives to describe the noun (pumpkin).
Then we cut into the pumpkin so we could also observe and write about the inside.
Coloring, Cutting, and Gluing
When we finished observing, describing, and writing about the pumpkin, the kids colored pumpkins while I took a few minutes to dry off some of the pumpkin seeds for the second part of our project. My kids love to color, so I printed the pumpkins on white card stock, but you could easily skip this step by printing on orange paper, if desired.
After coloring, we cut out the pumpkin pieces, traced the pumpkin part words, and cut out the labels. Then, referring back to our earlier pumpkin observation, we named the parts of the outside of the pumpkin by gluing labels on each part.
Next we glued dried-off pumpkin seeds and a piece of yarn to the oval piece of the Pumpkin Parts printable to recreate the “inside” of the pumpkin. Naming labels finished off the inside of the pumpkin craft.
My five-year-old is really into making books and cards lately, so we finished our craft by turning it into a “book” by stacking the outside of the pumpkin on top of the inside of the pumpkin, then stapling along the left side.
Have you done any fun, hands-on fall crafts lately? Feel free to share your links in the comments!
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