Pumpkin Investigations for Preschoolers
Pumpkins bring many opportunities for exploration into the preschool classroom. My STEM Pumpkin Investigation Pack will guide you through each step of the exploration.
Each stage invites children to create a hypothesis or make a prediction about each investigation, and then record the results.
This investigation may take 1-2 weeks depending on how many investigations you carry out per day. Projects that last multiple days help students to develop historical thinking and attentiveness.
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What Does a Pumpkin Look Like?
Questions to Ask:
What a Pumpkin Looks Like Inside and Out
How Many Lines Does the Pumpkin Have?
Measure the Pumpkin
How Tall is the Pumpkin?
How Much Does the Pumpkin Weigh?
Does the Pumpkin Sink or Float?
How Many Seeds are Inside?
Finally, it's time for the last, and possibly most fun, step! Investigating inside the pumpkin! For this step a little extra preparation may be in order. You might consider laying down paper, a shower curtain, or old sheet to catch any stray seeds or goo. This would be an excellent exploration to do outside if weather permits.
Have a bowl handy for collecting seeds. Consider having scoops or spoons available for students that wish to use them either for scraping or because they don't want to touch the flesh.
Some children may be extra sensitive to the feeling of the seeds and pulp, it's a good idea to be ready to accommodate these students so they can still participate at their individual comfort level.
Once all the seeds are removed, invite students to count the total number of seeds. If there are too many to count, that's okay! Count as high as you would like and/or as long as the children are interested.
To bring the project to a close, consider roasting the pumpkin seeds or placing them in the sensory bin for further exploration. Consider displaying photographs along with the children's investigation sheets for the children and parents to review!
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