Pumpkin Learning Activities for Day and Night

I love the fall! If you regularly read the blog or follow me on social media, you may already know this since I tend to mention it a lot. I love the sights, sounds, smells and tastes. I’ve been really excited to get out to our local farmer’s markets and orchards because all of the different apples, pumpkins and vegetables inspire me to create fun projects and recipes with my daughter. Today’s book follows a little boy and his mom as they go out to the farmer’s market in search of the perfect pumpkin!

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Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night was written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Megan Halsey. The little boy in the story talks about all of the fun that can be had during pumpkin time. He tells the reader about the sights and sounds of fall as he watches the squirrels prepare for winter. He also talks about the ways that he celebrates pumpkin time at school, as well as at home. When he and his mom go to the farmer’s market, she picks out sweet pumpkins for pie and he looks for the perfect pumpkin to create a jack-o-lantern. The brightly colored and multilayered illustrations jump off the page and the descriptive text will have you excited to have some pumpkin fun of your own.

Letter Fun with Pumpkins

Name Pumpkins – Have kids practice spelling their names with this fun pumpkin picking game. Cut pumpkin shapes out of construction paper or gather enough small gourds to spell out your child’s name. You could also add a few additional ones to make the game more complicated. Write one letter on each pumpkin and spread them out on a table top or around the room. Have kids collect the pumpkins with the letters of their name and put them in order. You could also add more letters and call out sight words or spelling words for them to gather and spell.

Pumpkin Guts Letters – Scrape out the insides of a pumpkin and separate the seeds. Put the stringy insides into a Ziploc bag and push all of the air out. Seal it tight and lay it flat on a table top. Tape the edges down. Have kids use their fingertips to trace letters into the pumpkin, pushing down so they can see the table top through the orange. You could also tape the bag down on top of a piece of paper with the alphabet written on it. Call out letters and have kids move the pumpkin around until they can uncover the letter you are saying.

Farmer’s Market Adventures

Visit a Farmer’s Market or Pumpkin Patch – Find a local farmer’s market or pumpkin patch and spend a day finding the perfect pumpkins! Explore the local fruits and vegetables that are available in your area and maybe sample some new ones.

Farmer’s Market Dramatic Play – Bring the adventure home from the market by setting up your own farm stand. You can create your own stand out of a cardboard box or kitchen set. Fill baskets with different kinds of fruits and vegetables. You can help kids practice addition facts and review money concepts by marking the different foods with price stickers. You could also give them simple shopping lists of items that you would need to create some of their favorite seasonal foods. Have them check things off the list and add up the totals they would need to purchase the items. We used play money to “purchase” our items and she had a lot of fun counting the coins.

Playing with Jack-O-Lanterns

Pumpkin Art – Cut a pumpkin shape out of orange paper and trace and cut the same sized pumpkin out of yellow paper. Fold the orange piece in half and have kids draw half of a face onto the folded edge. Help them carefully cut the face out. Glue the yellow pumpkin shape to the back of the orange pumpkin so it shows through the face. Glue the whole thing to a piece of black paper and have kids draw/paint white stars for the night sky. You could also let kids poke holes into the black paper and it onto a sheet of white paper, letting the white shine through. We used a piece of chalk and had a lot of fun making little stars.

Jack O Lantern Sensory Fun – Draw a large pumpkin shape onto construction paper. Place the picture on a tabletop and cover it in clear contact paper, making sure the edges are stuck to the table. Cover the picture in shaving cream and have kids use their hands to draw faces onto the pumpkins. My daughter had a lot of fun pushing the cream around the surface and creating different faces on the pumpkin.

For more pumpkin related fun, check out my post on Pumpkintown!

 


64 Comments

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    October 9, 2017 at 7:22 am Reply

    So cute! A great way to bring the seasons into fun for kids!

    • Vicki

      October 9, 2017 at 12:14 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun with it!

  • April@Loveourreallife

    October 9, 2017 at 12:15 pm Reply

    What fun activities for fall! I have it on my list to visit a pumpkin patch with the kiddos, they always love it.

    • Vicki

      October 9, 2017 at 12:18 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun visiting our local pumpkin patch!

  • Theresa | Bridesmaids Confession

    October 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm Reply

    I love that you put price tags on the apple and pumpkin. When I was younger my sisters and I loved to play “grocery store” and see how much money we were spending.

    • Vicki

      October 9, 2017 at 7:47 pm Reply

      Thanks! We had a lot of fun with it… until she got tired of playing and started eating the apple!

  • Francesca

    October 9, 2017 at 4:08 pm Reply

    These are such fun ideas! I’ll definitely try them with my daughter!

    • Vicki

      October 9, 2017 at 7:47 pm Reply

      Thanks! I hope you have fun with them!

  • Angela

    October 9, 2017 at 4:35 pm Reply

    Such fun ideas. I love the pumpkin name game!

    • Vicki

      October 9, 2017 at 7:48 pm Reply

      Thank you! My daughter loves identifying the letters of her name!

  • Leila

    October 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm Reply

    Such a fun activities! I need to get some pumpkin books for my daughter!

    • Vicki

      October 9, 2017 at 7:48 pm Reply

      Thanks! There are a lot of great ones out there! The Biggest Pumpkin Ever is one of my favorites.

  • Kate

    October 9, 2017 at 5:38 pm Reply

    These look so fun! My baby isn’t old enough for these yet but such great ideas to do when she’s a little older!

    • Vicki

      October 9, 2017 at 7:49 pm Reply

      Thanks! This year we were able to have a lot more fun with pumpkins. The last two years I let her play with the pumpkin insides safely trapped in a plastic bag!

  • Lauren | also known as mama

    October 9, 2017 at 7:48 pm Reply

    We do the shaving cream activity, but on ghosts, at the preschool I work at. Such a fun sensory activity the kids love!

    • Vicki

      October 9, 2017 at 7:50 pm Reply

      That’s so fun! Shaving cream is always a big winner!

  • Nicole

    October 10, 2017 at 1:28 am Reply

    I need to add some of these activities to my list of things to do with my son this month!!

    • Vicki

      October 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply

      I hope you have as much fun with them as we have!

  • Shana

    October 10, 2017 at 7:56 am Reply

    Wow! Theses are some great activities to get kids excited about the fall season! I love the idea of making a farm at home.

    • Vicki

      October 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply

      Thanks! We have been having a lot of fun with it!

  • Alexandra

    October 10, 2017 at 8:28 am Reply

    I didn’t know Splat The Cat had a Pumpkin book. My grands love that series!

    • Vicki

      October 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply

      I love finding holiday books with our favorite characters!

  • Christina | From Under a Palm Tree

    October 10, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply

    These are such cute ideas! Such a cute way to make learning fun and include the seasons! I love it!

    • Vicki

      October 10, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply

      Thanks! We have been having a lot of fun with the Fall season!

  • Gem

    October 10, 2017 at 10:19 am Reply

    These all look like so much fun! Think we will have to give the shaving cream activity a try – that always seems to be a winner, thanks!

    • Vicki

      October 10, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply

      Shaving cream can be so much fun to play with! She really had a lot of fun with that one!

  • Carmen

    October 10, 2017 at 10:50 am Reply

    Thanks for these great activities we will be doing some this weekend.

    • Vicki

      October 10, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have fun with them!

  • Harmony, Momma To Go

    October 10, 2017 at 11:52 am Reply

    This is too cute! My littlest is a bit older, but she would love to make the jack o lantern out of construction paper! We need some new crafts!

    • Vicki

      October 10, 2017 at 12:37 pm Reply

      I’m so glad I could help! I hope you have fun with it!

  • Courtney Byers

    October 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm Reply

    OMG how cute is this! I don’t have kids yet, but these are perfect ideas for the future. I will share this with my sister-in-law.

    • Vicki

      October 10, 2017 at 1:24 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I hope you both get lots of use out of the activities!

  • Belle

    October 10, 2017 at 2:15 pm Reply

    These are so much fun! We painted a pumpkin yesterday and it ended up being a lot of mess. The kids painted their body! Lol! They had fun though, so I didn’t mind!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Vicki

      October 10, 2017 at 6:25 pm Reply

      Haha, I’ve been planning on letting my daughter paint one, but I always have to review the rules about WHERE we put paint!

  • Tiffany

    October 10, 2017 at 6:18 pm Reply

    Love your idea of setting up a mini market at home! Never thought of that before!

    • Vicki

      October 10, 2017 at 6:28 pm Reply

      Thanks! We had a lot of fun with it!

  • Echo

    October 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm Reply

    I love these pumpkin ideas for learning. The Shaving Cream one is so fun…Supersensory in the best way.

    • Vicki

      October 10, 2017 at 8:39 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun playing in the shaving cream!

  • Jhumki Nag

    October 10, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply

    This is so fun and good learning too. Love the cute pumpkin pics!!

    • Vicki

      October 10, 2017 at 8:40 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Anna

    October 10, 2017 at 9:15 pm Reply

    Awwww this is so cute , a great way to spend time with the kids.

    • Vicki

      October 10, 2017 at 11:11 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Mary Barham

    October 11, 2017 at 8:04 am Reply

    My kids will LOVE the shaving cream activity!!!

    • Vicki

      October 11, 2017 at 12:26 pm Reply

      I hope they do! We had a lot of fun with it!

  • Jiya B

    October 11, 2017 at 9:02 am Reply

    I was reading your blog and my son cam to me pointing to the pumpkin picture saying Haloween Lols. Itrs a cute activity loved it

    • Vicki

      October 11, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply

      Aw, that’s so cute! My daughter is very excited for Halloween this year!

  • Jordyn

    October 11, 2017 at 9:08 am Reply

    These all look great! I’m going to try some with my toddler!

    • Vicki

      October 11, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have fun with them!

  • LeeAnn

    October 11, 2017 at 3:49 pm Reply

    Shaving cream is always a fun time with kids!

    • Vicki

      October 11, 2017 at 7:36 pm Reply

      It is so much fun!

  • This Mum At Home

    October 11, 2017 at 6:35 pm Reply

    This looks like do much fun ! We don’t go any of this here in Australia it’s great to see what you guys do .

    • Vicki

      October 11, 2017 at 7:39 pm Reply

      We had a lot of fun with it! I hope you give these ones a try!

  • Natasha L Brown

    October 11, 2017 at 9:01 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing these great fall activities!I love finding new ways to mix learning and fun!

    • Vicki

      October 11, 2017 at 10:23 pm Reply

      Thanks! We have been having lots of fun with the Fall!

  • Katie

    October 11, 2017 at 11:12 pm Reply

    I am so excited for fall and pumpkin crafts! My little one would love the shaving cream one 🙂

    • Vicki

      October 12, 2017 at 1:17 pm Reply

      We have been having lots of fun with fall crafts this year! Shaving cream is always a hit!

  • Nikki Dockery

    October 12, 2017 at 6:57 am Reply

    I love all these ideas! So many fun things to do with my boys 🙂

    • Vicki

      October 12, 2017 at 1:18 pm Reply

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Amber

    October 12, 2017 at 3:50 pm Reply

    I just love fall colors and pumpkins. This looks like fun ideas 🙂

    • Vicki

      October 12, 2017 at 4:01 pm Reply

      Me too! I love everything about the fall!

  • Brittany Richmond

    October 12, 2017 at 9:56 pm Reply

    I love fall too!! We are always looking for educational things to as a family. Thanks for sharing – learning can be fun!

    • Vicki

      October 12, 2017 at 10:45 pm Reply

      It definitely can! I love making learning fun for my little one!

  • Amanda

    October 13, 2017 at 10:26 am Reply

    What fun ideas! Fall is definitely our family’s favorite time of year. So many fun things to do.

    • Vicki

      October 13, 2017 at 2:46 pm Reply

      It is such a fun season! I love that my daughter seems to love it as much as I do!

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