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Autumn is the perfect time to learn about pumpkins, and this life cycle a pumpkin printable will make the perfect addition to your autumn lesson plans.
These pumpkin life cycle activities are perfect for preschool and kindergarten. Kids will love learning and/or reviewing the stages of a pumpkin’s life cycle as they complete the activities in this pack.
Add these free life cycle activities to your autumn preschool lessons.
Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Printable
There are so many fun ways to teach your preschoolers how pumpkins grow. Here are a few ideas to keep them engaged while learning about these amazing plants.
Teach with videos.
I like to incorporate videos and movies as often as possible into my lessons. Informational movies/videos can be used to introduce or reinforce what you’re teaching. Fiction videos offer a fun brain break for little ones.
Teach with books.
No unit study or theme is complete without an amazing collection of books to round it out. A good mixture of nonfiction and fiction picture books presents an opportunity for kids to learn more about the topic as well as encourages them to pick up books on their own.
Here are a few books you might want to add to your preschool pumpkin theme:
- From Seed to Pumpkin – Read and find out about how pumpkins grow from a tiny yellow seed to a pumpkin in this colorfully illustrated nonfiction picture book.
- Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden – Bouncy verse and glowing photographs show a backyard pumpkin patch move through its natural cycle-a bug’s eye and a bird’s high view of seeds sprouting, flowers blooming, bees buzzing, pumpkins growing . . .and then going back to earth.
- Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie – Pumpkins! Who can resist the sight of big, round, orange pumpkins ripening in a field? Children piling off school buses to pick one out. Carving out funny faces, smiles, or scary frowns to illuminate Halloween doorsteps. Making room for that last piece of pumpkin pie after a delicious Thanksgiving feast.
Pumpkin Life Cycle Activities
These pumpkin printables are designed to help you teach your preschoolers about pumpkins and how they grow.
Preparing the activity pages
To use these worksheets with your preschoolers, all you’ve got to do is print them out. They are ready for use immediately. No prep work required!
However, you can make the activities reusable by laminating them and using velcro dots on the cut/paste pages.
There are three activities included in this activity pack. The first page is a life cycle of a pumpkin mini-book.
I suggest printing this page on regular printer paper. Have students write the correct vocabulary word on the line in each box (seed, sprout, etc.)
You may need to write the vocabulary words on a note card or post it for kids to look at as they write the words.
Cut apart the pages and staple them to create a mini book, if you’d like.
Not only does this page reinforce vocabulary words associated with the life cycle of a pumpkin, but it’s a great way to introduce or reinforce the sight words I, see, and a.
Life Cycle Sequencing
The next activity in this pack is a sequencing activity. One sheet is a numbered sequence mat. The other is a set of four sequence cards.
Print these two pages on regular printer paper. You can use colored printer paper if your kids don’t enjoy coloring.
Now, have your kids cut out the sequencing cards. This is a great way to let preschoolers strengthen their fine motor skills by using scissors to cut out the cards.
Glue the cards in the correct order on the sequencing mat.
If you’d like to make this activity reusable, you can laminate the cards and the mat. Add a velcro dot to each box and to the back of each card.
Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Printable
Finally, there is a one-page sequencing activity. Kids can color the life cycle pictures, or you can print the page on colored paper.
Have kids cut out the numbers at the bottom of the page. This is another opportunity for them to practice their scissor skills.
Or, you could build other fine motor muscles by letting them use a ½” circle punch to cut out the numbers.
Have them glue the numbers beside the appropriate image to sequence the life cycle of a pumpkin.
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT PUMPKINS
Fill your book basket with a great collection of pumpkin books for kids. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
The Run-Away Pumpkin – On a windy autumn day, Marla Little comes running down the hill, yelling, “Help! My giant pumpkin is rolling away! Onward it goes, rolling and turning, with no sign of stopping! Diddle-dee-doo! Oh, what shall I do?”
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? – Mr. Tiffin and his students explore skip counting and estimation in a fun pumpkin-themed classroom experiment!
The Pumpkin Book – The book features bold, clearly-labeled illustrations, directions for drying seeds, and even how to carve funny or scary faces into your pumpkin (with an adult’s help), along with a fascinating section on pumpkin facts and lore. Perfect for aspiring farmers and kids who can’t wait for Halloween!
Learn all about the parts of a pumpkin. How do they work? What do they do? This parts of a pumpkin felt board set is simple enough for preschoolers and detailed enough for use within homeschool or early elementary classrooms.
Provide your preschooler with hours of Halloween fun with the 5 Little Pumpkins Sensory Bin!
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