PUMPKIN-THEMED HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES

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It's almost Halloween and Early Years settings across the country are thinking of ways to celebrate this spooktacular annual event.

This year I wanted to offer a helping hand by suggesting a selection of my favourite pumpkin-themed Halloween activity ideas.

I hope there is something here to help you carve out some fun for your little ones.

Pumpkin patch maths game

This is a fun activity to help with number recognition.

You'll need pumpkin stickers, 10 orange or green craft sticks, glue, brown-coloured paper, a shoe box, pen and scissors.

Firstly cover the shoebox - top and bottom separately - with the brown paper, gluing it on securely, to form the ground of your pumpkin patch.

Next cut 10 slots in the lid where you will 'plant' the pumpkins.

Attach a pumpkin sticker to the top of each of the 10 craft sticks and write the numbers one to 10 on the bottom.

Randomly push the pumpkins into the slots.

Let the children take it in turns to pull up a pumpkin and help them read the number they've picked.

As an extension activity encourage the children place each picked pumpkin in number order.

Hand pumpkins

This class art project is super-simple to complete, but the results are highly effective and makes a great wall display.

You'll need a large sheet of brown paper - or several joined together depending on the size of the class - and orange and green paint.

Ask the children to make a fist shape with their hand and then dip their knuckles into the orange paint and press them onto the paper to make a pumpkin shape.

Then dip their thumb in the green paint to make the leaf. 

Write each child's name under their pumpkin before displaying.

Pass the pumpkin

Just like pass the parcel, sit the children in a circle, play some music, and have them pass a pumpkin to the person next to them.

When the music stops the children stop passing and the one holding the pumpkin says one word to describe the vegetable - such as orange, heavy, dirty etc.

Storytime

From Seed to Pumpkin is a classic read-and-find-out picture book.  

Wendy Pfeffer's lively text combines with James Graham Hale's beautiful watercolours to bring younger children into the pumpkin patch to show them how little seeds transform into big pumpkins.

It explores introductory concepts perfect for preschoolers and includes a find out more section with activities such as an experiment to show how plants use roots to drink water from the ground and a recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds.

 

And, finally, I couldn't finish without presenting some fascinating pumpkin facts for your entertainment:

  • Pumpkins are a member of the gourd family, which includes cucumbers, courgettes, honeydew and cantaloupe melons and watermelons
  • The world's largest pumpkin pie weighed 1,678kg (3,699lb) - about the same as an average adult rhino - and was made by New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers (USA) at New Bremen Pumpkinfest in Ohio, USA, in 2010. The pie was 6m (20ft) in diameter
  • Pumpkins are low in calories, fat, and sodium and high in fibre. They are a good source of Vitamin A and B, potassium, protein, and iron.
  • The heaviest pumpkin weighed 1,190.49kg (2,624.6lb) and was grown by Mathias Willemijns , of Belgium, in 2016