Pumpkin Party! {our week of pumpkin lessons and fun}

We had so much fun taking a break from our normal curriculum (whew!) to have a big ol’ pumpkin party!  Yay!!  (You’ll see links for others’ great ideas!)

{Our pictures are little, so click for a better view.}

I could just eat them up!  🙂

We kicked off our Pumpkin Party week with pumpkin spice cupcakes that I made for church potluck.  None of my kids even tried one!  Ha ha!  I thought they were yummy!  (Our recipe is similar to this one.)

DAY 1 ~ Who made pumpkins?  How do they grow?  Which came first, the pumpkin or the seed?

Our day started with pumpkin pancakes on pumpkin plates.  We had fun playing pumpkin games.  We looked inside our pumpkins.  {While Leven was not thrilled with all of our crafts, he thoroughly enjoyed using the battery-powered pumpkin carver!}  We made the “pumpkin patch” paper plates seen in picture above.

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I thought it would be fun to explore what God says about fruit in Creation, so we discussed, “Which came first… the pumpkin or the seed?”  “And God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed. “  We read part of the Creation account in Genesis and studied a pumpkin’s life cycle.  We did a fun craft showing the pumpkin insides (I added a Bible verse),  and we made pumpkin pudding for snack.  The kids learned how to say “pumpkin” in Latin!  🙂  We read great pumpkin library books and had pumpkin spelling words!

Day 2 ~ Seeds!

We read the Parable of the Sower and talked about God’s Word being planted in us!  We want to be the good soil!  We did lots of math activities with our pumpkin seeds after reading How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? !    We had pumpkin seeds and pumpkin smoothies for snack.  We finished a life cycle of the pumpkin craft.

Day 3 ~ Our Five Senses

We read books about our 5 senses.  We had SO much fun making and playing with pumpkin pie play-doh!!  Even the “big kids” loved this.  We described pumpkins using our five senses and wrote similes about pumpkins.  I had hoped to make these pumpkins pizzas for lunch one day and a recipe a friend sent me for spiced pumpkin bars, but during our play-doh making fun, the knob on our stove burner broke off while the burner was still on!!!  Yikes!  We had to disconnect the power to the stove and oven just to turn off the burner!

Final Pumpkin Party Days ~ The Week’s Wrap-Up

Of course our pumpkin week wouldn’t be complete without reading The Pumpkin Patch Parable!! Love it!  We also made some observations and predictions about our pumpkins  and checked to find out how close our guesses were! The kids were amazed to find that pumpkins float! 🙂  The big kids had fun with some {challenging} pumpkin math activities from  Math Wire.  The twins did lots of activities using fun pumpkin printable packs from 1+1+1=1 and 2 Teaching Mommies.  {Also, I finally decided to pay the $39 for an annual membership for ABCteach.com!  I have used it many times already, and there I found lots of pumpkin activities!}

Our Pumpkin Party was such fun!  We had a great time learning,

but our greatest success was making memories!

……………….

More fun pumpkin links and activities we are still having fun with:

Make a virtual jack-o-lantern online by choosing features at Swan’s Pumpkin Farm.

Fun pumpkin poems and songs

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix from Everyday Mom’s Meals

40 Pumpkin Activities for Kids from Hands on As We Grow

Pumpkin Prayer Mini-book from Christian Preschool Printables

Pumpkin Parable Song printable from Sarah’s Sweeties

 Pumpkin Prayer Poem  click on link at bottom of page

Pumpkin Carving Prayer

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14 thoughts on “Pumpkin Party! {our week of pumpkin lessons and fun}

    1. Shannon Post author

      Me too! So much fun! I’m so thankful that “For everything there is a season… A time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted!” Yay for Fall! Yay for harvest time! 🙂

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    Reblogged this on i have no greater joy and commented:

    We spent a week in homeschool last year having a Pumpkin Party! I guess you might call it a “pumpkin unit study.” We kicked off the week with pumpkin pancakes on orange paper plates made to look like pumpkins, and we had a pumpkin snack each day! We had pumpkin crafts, spelling words, math, and games! It was a fun week that the kids still talk about! We had a little theme for each day starting with “Which came first, the pumpkin or the seed?” Maybe we need another “party week” to celebrate Autumn… although it is still 80+ degrees here in the South! 🙂

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