10+ Activities Using Real Pumpkins

This week’s Discover & Explore linky was all about pumpkins, and we had lots of wonderful ideas linked up. Since we have a basket of colorful pumpkins and gourds in the kids’ play area currently, I was interested in activities that use real pumpkins- I want to stretch that basket as far as possible! Luckily, I found science, sensory, and art projects galore, so we’ll have lots of inspiration for this month’s activities.  Hopefully you’ll find some, too!

10+ Activities Using Real Pumpkins: Features from the Discover & Explore “Pumpkins” Theme

10+ Play and Learning Activities with Real Pumpkins for Young Kids


Got a budding scientist (or two)? Here are some science explorations to inspire curiosity and inquiry. Bonus- these are all activities that can be done with little prep and just the cost of a pumpkin or two!

Pumpkin Science Explorations

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Pumpkin Guts Exploration by Stir the Wonder

Floating Pumpkin Lab by Preschool Powol Packets

 Grow a Pumpkin in a Pumpkin by Life With Moore Babies


Next up- sensory play! Here are some fun ways to explore pumpkins with the five senses.

Pumpkin Sensory Play

Pumpkin Sensory Invitation to Play by My Nearest and Dearest

Pumpkin Sensory Bag by Teaching Mama


Last but not least, some fun and creative ways to get arty with real pumpkins.

Pumpkin Art

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Lite Brite Pumpkin Carving by How Wee Learn

Glittered Pumpkins by Life With Moore Babies

Nature Pumpkins by Blog Me Mom

Pumpkin Printing by What We Do All Day

Looking for more?

For more posts full of ideas for real pumpkin play:

Pumpkin Unit- Pre-K through 2nd Grade by Finding the Teachable Moments

Simple Pumpkin Activities for Toddlers by Twodaloo

Or check out Teach Preschool’s post below on exploring pumpkins with preschoolers- lots of easy and amazing ideas in one place!

These posts and other highlights have been pinned to the Discover & Explore Pinterest Board.

More Pumpkin Posts from the Discover and Explore Co-hosts

Pumpkin Co-Host Collage

12 Perfect Pumpkin Books for Kids (KC Edventures)

Pumpkin Decoration & Treat Holder (Buggy and Buddy)

Pumpkin Craft & Name Activity (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Preschool Pumpkin Play (Teach Preschool)

Invitation to Explore Pumpkins & Foil (Twodaloo)

That’s all for now! Bloggers, don’t forget to stop by this week’s linky and add your favorite “community helpers” posts!


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  1. Thanks for including our Glitter Pumpkins and our Grow Pumpkins in Pumpkins!

  2. Such great Pumpkin Fun Ideas! I will enjoy browsing at nap time! Thank you for featuring our Lite-Brite Pumpkin


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