One Full Week of Playful Pumpkin Perfection

One Full Week of Playful Pumpkin Perfection- Are you ready for a week’s worth of pumpkin-filled inspiration? 

Great! I’m about to share all of the pumpkin themed play and learning we did this past week. 

Activity Sneak Peak:

  • Downhill pumpkin roll
  • Pumpkin bubble bath
  • Building pumpkin towers 
  • Baking paleo pumpkin bars 
  • Making a pumpkin bird feeder
  • Pumpkin carving- guts, seeds and sorting shapes
  • A simple seed counting craft. 

Our family recently explored the fun and festive world of pumpkins and now we would like to share our seven days of discovery with you.

One Full Week of Playful Pumpkin Perfection.
One Full Week of Playful Pumpkin Perfection

As you may have seen in my previous posts, we are following the Exploring Nature with Children nature study with our toddler and baby.

If you are new here- Welcome! Be sure to check out my previous post A Toddler-Friendly Pond Study: How to Make a Splash! 

Pumpkins offer a diverse opportunity for learning for children and are the epitome of the Fall season!

Our Jack-o-lantern
Our Jack-o-lantern

Playing and learning with pumpkins made for great STEAM activities that were inclusive for both our 3 year old and 9 month old. 

So go grab yourself a PSL (pumpkin spice latte) and get ready to be inspired with One Full Week of Playful Pumpkin Perfection! 

Monday

Downhill Pumpkin Roll

We kicked off our pumpkin week with a bit of an impromptu lesson in… gravity! 

That’s right! After discovering how pumpkins can roll across the ground, we took it up a notch and decided to do an official downhill pumpkin roll! 

Downhill pumpkin roll
Getting ready for a race!

Amelia wanted to see how fast the pumpkins could roll down the hill in our yard, so we hauled the pumpkins to the top of the hill and sent them rolling down. 

Watching the pumpkins roll and bounce down the hill was exciting and prompted Amelia to want to race them. We brought the pumpkins back up the hill and one by one we sent them on a downhill race against our speedy toddler.

Downhill pumpkin roll
Downhill pumpkin roll

Amelia had a blast and no pumpkins were harmed in our downhill adventure. 

Tuesday

Pumpkin Bubble Bath

After a day of being rolled down a muddy hill, our pumpkins were in serious need of a cleaning. 

We brought a large bin out on the deck and filled it with warm water and one of our favourite natural bubble bath solutions

Pumpkin bubble bath
Pumpkin bubble bath

Once the water was nice and bubbly, we added our dirty pumpkins to the bin and scrubbed away! I gave Amelia a scrub brush and a cloth, but she preferred to use her hands. 

Brooks was on drying duty and as each pumpkin was cleaned, we placed it on a blanket and he helped polish our pumpkins until they were nice and dry. 

Pumpkin bubble bath
Pumpkin bubble bath

Talk about teamwork! 

Water play is a huge hit here, so this activity was a lot of fun for us. 

Wednesday

Building Pumpkin Towers 

Our newly cleaned pumpkins came indoors today for some vertical exploration. 

Both our kids enjoy building with different types of blocks, toys and magnetic tiles, so why not try pumpkins too?! 

Building pumpkin towers
Building pumpkin towers

Amelia built a few towers by stacking pumpkins (stems removed). We learned that because they were slightly different shapes and sizes, not all of the pumpkins would stack on the one below and we would need to rearrange them to find the ones that fit together best. 

Knocking over pumpkin towers
Knocking over pumpkin towers

Brooks liked practicing climbing on the wobbly pumpkins, but also enjoyed knocking down the pumpkin towers! 

Thursday

Baking Paleo Pumpkin Bars

For a festive, Fall treat-  we made Paleo Pumpkin Bars! 

These were quick and easy to make, and were a hit with everyone! Amelia was able to help with the preparation of the ingredients and pouring of the batter. 

Paleo pumpkin squares
Paleo pumpkin squares

The pumpkin purée we used was from our own pumpkins- featuring our gratitude pumpkin from my post How we Celebrated This Year’s Harvest Moon

Our gratitude pumpkin
Our gratitude pumpkin

Paleo Pumpkin Bars

Serving Size:
9
Time:
30 minutes
Difficulty:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup chilled almond butter
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease an 8×8 baking dish with oil. (We used avocado, but coconut would work too).
  3. Combine all ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Using an immersion blender will get it real smooth.
  4. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.
  7. Enjoy!
Paleo pumpkin squares
Paleo pumpkin squares

Friday

Making a Pumpkin Bird Feeder

We love watching the birds outside and we also have a bird feeder that we can view from our living room window.

I’m a huge bird nerd so naturally I’m super proud that my three year old can name different species of birds already. 

With more birds hanging around our feeder recently, we decided to make another feeder using… you guessed it… a pumpkin! 

Making a pumpkin bird feeder
Making a pumpkin bird feeder

What you need:

  • A small pumpkin.
  • Twine
  • Bird seed 

How to make a pumpkin bird feeder:

  • Cut the top off of the pumpkin and remove the guts/seeds. 
  • Using a screwdriver or scissors, poke 4 holes around the top portion of the pumpkin. 
  • String twine through the holes and tie in a knot to allow the pumpkin to be hung from a branch. 
  • Fill the pumpkin with bird seed and hang from a tree branch. 
Making a pumpkin bird feeder
Making a pumpkin bird feeder

Our pumpkin bird feeder attracted a variety of birds including chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and blue jays! 

Our pumpkin bird feeder attracted a variety of birds including chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and blue jays! 

Chickadee on our pumpkin bird feeder
Chickadee on our pumpkin bird feeder

Saturday

Pumpkin Carving- guts, seeds and sorting shapes!

Our sugar pumpkins were reserved for roasting and canning, so we made a quick trip to a local pumpkin patch to pick up a larger pumpkin for carving. 

The plan was to make a classic Jack-o-lantern face. This was Amelia’s first year really helping with the carving process, so we didn’t know how she would react to the ooey, gooey pumpkin guts. 

We let her explore the inside of the pumpkin with her hands, and with no hesitation, she got right in there to help remove the guts. 

Amelia helped separate the seeds from the guts, rinse and let them dry to save and plant for next year’s garden. 

placing the triangle eye back in it’s place

After we carved the face into the pumpkin, Amelia had fun replacing the pieces of the face back where they were carved from and named the shapes of the pieces as she went. 

Once complete, we ended up with a very handsome Jack-o-lantern! 

Sunday

A Simple Seed Counting Craft 

We finished off the week with a seed counting activity. Using some of the seeds from our Jack-o-lantern, we created a simple number craft. 

Materials for seed counting craft
Materials for seed counting craft
  • First I helped to cut out a few pumpkins and pumpkin stems from coloured construction paper. 
  • Next, I had Amelia help glue the pumpkins together on a piece of black card stock. 
  • I wrote the numbers 5, 10, 15 and 20 on the pumpkins with a black marker. (You can write whichever numbers you like). 
  • We then counted the seeds and glued them onto each pumpkin. 
  • Once dry, we were able to count the seeds and work on identifying the number written on each pumpkin. 
Pumpkin seed counting craft
Pumpkin seed counting craft

So, there you have it! Are you feeling a bit pumpkin’d out now? 

With the exception of our Jack-o-lantern pumpkin, all of the pumpkins we used this past week were from our own garden. 

I highly recommend growing your own sugar pumpkins at home. They are quite easy to grow (even if you have a black thumb), don’t require too much space, create opportunities for learning about gardening with your children, and result in cute pumpkins to use for explorative play, seasonal decorations, and eating! 

Our pumpkin harvest
Our pumpkin harvest

I hope you found inspiration with One Full Week of Playful Pumpkin Perfection. 

Let’s hear from you!

What pumpkin-inspired activities do your children like best? 

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2 thoughts on “One Full Week of Playful Pumpkin Perfection”

    1. Thanks you! The shapes were mostly triangles as that is what our Jack-o-lantern’s eyes and nose were shaped like. I think it would be fun to do a separate pumpkin with all different shapes!

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