Autumn and Halloween are fantastic times to use pumpkins in your preschool lesson plans. In this article you will find one preschool math activities, one preschool science/language activity and one preschool ABC activity.
Preschool Learning Activities with Pumpkins: Measuring
pumpkins of various sizes and shapes
- Have your preschooler wrap the tape measure around two or more pumpkins, noting the number of inches on a piece of paper. For young preschoolers, you will need to write the number yourself, or outline the number on the piece of paper and let the student trace it. Compare measurements. Which pumpkin is the roundest? Which is the skinniest? Show your preschooler on the measuring tape how the higher numbers indicate bigger sizes.
- Instruct your preschoolers to set the pumpkins on the bathroom scale one at a time. Have your preschooler record the number of pounds on a sheet of paper for each pumpkin. Again, you will need to aid younger preschoolers with this task. Compare weights. Which pumpkin is the heaviest? Which is the lightest? Can your preschoolers tell the difference just by holding the pumpkins?
Preschool Learning Activities with Pumpkins: Rotting Pumpkin Documentation
one carved jack-o-lantern
one plate large enough for the pumpkin to sit on
- Set the jack-o-lantern outside on the plate. You will want to be sure to put it on a plate, so that the pumpkin does not rot onto the concrete or wood beneath it.
- Explain to your preschool students that you will be leaving the pumpkin outside for a few weeks in order to watch its deterioration.
- Have your preschool students draw a picture of what the jack-o-lantern looks like on a sheet of paper. Be sure to have them color it in.
- Repeat #3 several times over the course of the experiment. Have your preschool students draw the shape and add the discolorations found on the pumpkin as it decays.
- When the experiment is complete, staple each student’s pages into a booklet with a cover that they may design themselves.
Additionally, you might discuss the condition of the pumpkin with your preschool students during circle time. Ask them to describe what the pumpkin looks like, how it smells and maybe even how it feels when they touch it.
Preschool Learning Activities with Pumpkins: Which Letter Vanished?
black Sharpie marker
plastic tub or basket
- Using the Sharpie, write a letter of the alphabet on each pumpkin.
- Place the pumpkins in a plastic tub or basket.
- Mix the pumpkins up.
- Remove a pumpkin.
- Instruct your preschool students to sort out the pumpkins alphabetically and discover which letter is missing.
- Repeat as many times as keeps the preschoolers interest.
Another option for younger preschoolers is to set out just two or three pumpkins at a time and ask them to show you a certain letter.