Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere…

Cut out Pumpkin

Draw a pumpkin on orange paper and have the children cut them out. Or use this pumpkin shape from prekinders. We need all the cutting practice that we can get in the 4 year-old room! The children then glue the pumpkins on a piece of paper and add a stem and leaf.

Fingerpaint Pumpkin

I draw a big pumpkin on a white piece of construction paper (or use this pumpkin). Squirt a bit of yellow and red paint and let the children fingerpaint. They will see that yellow+red=orange~ and have a pretty pumpkin too!

Pumpkin Sequence


This is a great Pumpkin Life Cycle activity here. This would be great to laminate and use as a center.

Pumpkin Pie Play Dough {no cook}

4 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tbsp oil
1 and 1/2 cup water
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Mix oil and food color together before adding to dry mixture. Mix until pliable. Keep in container or plastic bag.

It smells so yummy!

I use a little bit of a different version in my class, because we stay away from witches and Halloween at our school. I use the one here. It’s a great color sheet too! {I read the one above with my own children ;)}

Here is a Five Little Pumpkins Bingo Marker sheet from makinglearningfun.

Pumpkin Characteristics

As a whole group activity I draw a large pumpkin on a piece of paper and have the kids examine the outside of a pumpkin and then give me words to describe the outside of the pumpkin. I write their words on the outside of the drawn pumpkin.

We then cut open the pumpkin and the children give me descriptive words of the inside of the pumpkin that I write on the inside of the paper pumpkin.

Circumference Estimation

Have each child estimate the circumference of the pumpkin with a piece of yarn. Measure the circumference with yarn and then see who had the closest guess. (Idea from Little Giraffes)

Pumpkin Pattern

Pattern pumpkin and leaf cutouts. Or pumpkin and bats…. Pumpkin and corn…. Etc.

Pumpkin Games

  • Pumpkin Bowling~ I do this every year and the kids love it! I use regular plastic bowling pins (although I have used empty 2 ltr. Bottles that I made look like corn) and the kids use a real medium size pumpkin as the bowling ball.
  • Pumpkin Over/Under ~ Play Over/Under using a pumpkin!
  • Jack O Lantern Counting ~ This is directly from KinderKorner. Awesome ideas there!!
  • Using a permanent marker, number tiny pumpkins from 1 to 5 or 1 to 10 on the back.  Students arrange the pumpkins in numerical order, then place the corresponding number of popsicle sticks in each pumpkin. 

  • Pumpkin Patch Match File Folder Game
  • Number Vine~ program pumpkin shapes with numbers 1-10 and have the kids put the pumpkins in order.
  • Alphabet Vine ~ program pumpkin shapes with letters A-Z and have the kids put the pumpkins in order.
  • Fall Bingo ~ I made Fall Bingo with cute DJ Inkers clip art. They have the cutest stuff! I need to figure out how to make the file downloadable. I’ll work on that!


Pumpkin Food
Make pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, or pumpkin pudding (prepared vanilla pudding with canned pumpkin). Roast pumpkin seeds.

Painting Pumpkins

Paint a pumpkin with glue and then shake glitter on top. They turn out so pretty!!

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