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If you’ve got pumpkin on the brain this fall, you don’t want to miss any of these activities that will make a great addition to your preschool pumpkin theme!
Autumn is just around the corner. I’m already seeing pumpkin-flavored things hit the shelf stores – coffee creamer, instant oatmeal, muffin mix, and more! Pumpkins line the holiday decor aisles, as well. I love pumpkin season!
If you love pumpkin season, too, you don’t want to miss the activities featured below. These pumpkin activities, books, and recipes will be perfect alongside your next trip to the pumpkin patch.
Preschool Pumpkin Theme Activities
• This pumpkin learning pack has an emergent reading along with activities that focus on rhyming words, counting syllables, addition practice, and more. This Reading Mama
• Teach your preschoolers about the life cycle of a pumpkin with this printable pack. Homeschool Preschool
• This pumpkin patch printable pack contains activities that focus on the letter Pp, graphing practice, beginning sounds, and more. Homeschool Preschool
• Using these templates, you can make your own DIY pumpkin twister board game! This is great for preschoolers to work on colors, following directions, and recognizing right and left.
• These pumpkin number mats are perfect for helping little ones count to ten. You can use playdough, pumpkin counters, or pumpkin candy to fill the ten frames.
• The Pumpkin Book – Big, small, round, tall — pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes. Here one learns the marvels of the growth cycle of these incredible plants — from flat seeds, to thick vines covered in golden flowers, to brilliant orange pumpkins!
• Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan – When Splat goes to the pumpkin patch with Seymour, he’s determined to find the biggest pumpkin ever. But when he finally does, Splat finds out the real challenge isn’t the pumpkin picking—it’s how to get the pumpkin home!
• Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin – Duck & Goose look everywhere for a pumpkin—in the apple tree, in the leaf pile, inside a hollow log…. Where will they find one?
• Pumpkin Jack – The first pumpkin Tim ever carved was fierce and funny, and he named it Jack. When Halloween was over and the pumpkin was beginning to rot, Tim set it out in the garden and throughout the weeks he watched it change.
• The Pumpkin Patch Parable – This charming story for children illustrates how a loving farmer can turn a simple pumpkin into a simply glorious sight. In the same way, God’s transforming love can fill each of our hearts with joy and light.
Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Recipes
• These easy pumpkin pretzels make great treats to share at your autumn get togethers. Inspired Dreamer
• After you’ve carved your pumpkins this fall, try one or more of these three ways to roast pumpkin seeds. Mess for Less
• I found this pumpkin granola recipe years ago, and I make it every year. Sometimes, I have it with milk (like a bowl of cereal). Other times, I serve it over vanilla ice cream or yogurt. Yum! His Mercy is New
• I’ve never made a pudding cake before, but I plan to give this one a try. Easy pumpkin pudding cake sounds divine. Temecula Blogs
• Speaking of pudding… your preschoolers will LOVE helping you make (and eat) some pumpkin patch dirt cups. I Can Teach My Child
Pumpkin Learning Activities
• Explore chemical reactions when you turn your jack-o-lantern into an erupting pumpkin. Growing a Jeweled Rose
• Explore ramps (simple physics) with your preschoolers as you do this rolling pumpkins science activity together. Little Bins for Little Hands
• Add some STEM to your preschool day as they build structures with candy pumpkins. Lemon Lime Adventures
• This magic pumpkin activity is a great way to use up some of your kids’ Halloween candy. Playdough to Plato
• Explore pumpkin decomposition with this messy science experiment. Gift of Curiosity
Preschool Pumpkin Crafts
• These candy stuffed pumpkins make great place settings or handmade gifts. Homeschool Preschool
• Turn an ordinary apple into a fun jack-o-lantern print with these pumpkin apple stamps. Homeschool Preschool
• Set out a variety of craft supplies, and let your preschoolers make some wacky jack-o-lantern collages. Reading Confetti
• Turn smooth river rocks into painted jack-o-lantern pumpkin rocks. Leave them around town or fill your garden with them. Adventure in a Box
• Make a Halloween pumpkin salt painting. It’s an easy art project for kids, and it’s simple for adults to set up.
Pumpkin Sensory Fun
• Mix up a batch of pumpkin spice playdough. Your kids can roll and mash and sculpt for hours. Homeschool Preschool
• Fill a ziptop baggie with pumpkin guts for a super easy pumpkin sensory bag your preschoolers will love! Pre-K Pages
• Let your preschoolers help you make a batch of orange pumpkin fluffy slime for endless sensory play this fall.
• Even your youngest preschoolers will enjoy playing with this taste safe pumpkin moon sand for kids. Parenting Chaos
• Oobleck is an awesome activity. Is it a solid or a liquid? Mix up a batch of pumpkin oobleck for a fall sensory activity your kids will beg to do again and again.
With all of these awesome ideas to choose from, which pumpkin preschool activity will you do first?