A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch: Activities for Before & After
Fall is finally here and with it…pumpkins! Pumpkin picking is a great tradition to keep up with your family and there are a wide variety of activities you can do with your kids. You can easily incorporate a lesson on the letter P, add in other pumpkin related themed crafts, and create a pumpkin masterpiece (without the cutting)! Here are some easy activities you can do to get you and your family into the fall mood.
Before the Patch
Whether you’re heading to a traditional pumpkin patch or to the market to pick a pumpkin, a great way to get everyone in the mood to pick their pumpkins is to READ! Head to the library or get out the pumpkin books and get excited about getting to select pumpkins! Some great books are listed down below to get you started on your pumpkin adventure this fall.
After the Patch
You picked the perfect pumpkin, now what? You can go the traditional route and carve it into a spooky jack-o-lantern or you can try decorating one! Decorating your pumpkin is a great alternative to carving especially if you have younger children or if you want to save your pumpkin until it’s closer to Halloween to carve. Let your child decide how they would like to decorate their pumpkin, whether it’s with paint or markers, it’s a great way to get their creative juices flowing. Not ready to paint a real pumpkin? Another alternative is to decorate paper pumpkins! Draw or find a pumpkin outline and use different utensils to spruce them up before hanging them up around the house.
When you’re ready to carve your pumpkin, use this opportunity to have a conversation about their senses. Have your children smell, touch, and feel the pumpkin before and then after you cut it up! You can try and guess how many seeds are inside and use the seeds to count together.
Pumpkins (and pumpkin spice lattes!) signal the beginning of the fall season that help usher in the upcoming holidays. Whether you decide to carve or decorate a pumpkin, use the time to enjoy the creative spirit with your children by participating in these easy pumpkin activities together.
Pumpkin Themed Books:
•Little Boo by: Stephen Wunderli
•The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by: Sonali Fry
•Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin by: Tad Hills
•Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan by: Catherine Hapka and Loryn Brantz It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! By: •Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
•Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by: James Dean
•Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by: Jill Esbaum
•Five Little Pumpkins by: Dan Yaccarino
•The Pumpkin Book by: Gail Gibbons
•How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? By: Margaret McNamara
Jennifer N. is an educator and photographer converted to stay-at-home mother of two spunky girls. When she’s not wrangling her two wildlings on one of their adventures, she is writing and documenting the joys of parenting and childhood one photograph at a time. After surviving two children under two, she believes she can take on the world.