It's officially pumpkin spice season, and we carved out a little time for learning (and lots of fun). First, we learned about the life cycle of pumpkins. We knew it started as a seed, but we did not know about the flower. They're pretty, too! The kids are determined to start a pumpkin patch in the backyard now.
Before carving jack-o-lanterns, the kids conducted pumpkin investigations. I pulled ideas from several versions found on Pinterest. They really enjoyed this activity, and it kept them busy while we prepped the pumpkins for carving.
Time to carve! We saved so much time with this cool drill hack found on YouTube. The kids drew their designs in marker. We decided to cut the bottom to keep the stem and top intact. It just makes it prettier in my opinion. Check out those wiggly eyebrows and the proud owners of two cute jack-o-lanterns!
To add a little more fun, we stuck orange glow sticks inside the pumpkins for a spooky glow after dark. It's such a cheap and easy addition that the kids thought was the coolest!
Our goal was to get as many activities and lessons out of the pumpkins, so we saved some of the seeds and roasted them. A little salt and pepper on a baking sheet for 15 minutes at 350 degrees - and, ta-da! The smell was the best part, and they were so pretty.
For the grand finale - a pumpkin eruption experiment. Pinterest for the win, again! The kids thought it was the coolest way to say goodbye to the pumpkins. I'm not sure who had more fun, me or them! Watching their excitement and seeing them learn is the best feeling - even better than that first pumpkin spice latte of the season!