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15+ Kid-Approved Pumpkin Activities

Pumpkins are one of my favorite classroom topics because they are versatile. You can read about them, do math with them, learn science with them… the possibilities are endless!

Because we love them so much, we’ve gathered the best pumpkin activities for kids to share with you. 

Pumpkin crafts are fun to make, and science experiments have endless learning opportunities. And need I mention how delicious pumpkin recipes are?! Read on for pumpkin inspiration in your classroom this Fall. 


Pumpkin Crafts for Kids

Put scissor skills to use with this adorable Easy Pumpkin Craft for Scissor Skills. Students will snip away to create a jack-o-lantern out of orange paper strips. 

Create a unique patch of pumpkins to display on your bulletin board with these Cut and Glue Pumpkins. Each student will be able to put their one-of-a-kind touch on them! 

Break out the chalk for these Chalk Stenciled Pumpkins. Using dark paper gives this project some fantastic contrast!

If you’re lucky enough to have windows in your classroom, spice them up with these Pumpkin Suncatchers. You can do these if you don’t have windows, just send them home with the kiddos to display at home. 

Decorate pumpkins without the goopy mess by adding bling to them like these Sparkly and Googly-Eyed No-Carve Pumpkins

Pumpkin Science Activities for Kids

Explore the effects of different liquids with the Dissolving Candy Pumpkins experiment. Students will make predictions then see if their candy pumpkin disappears when placed in oil, milk, vinegar, and water. 

Bubble, bubble, pumpkin trouble. This Pumpkin Volcano for Kids will bubble before your eyes thanks to the baking soda and vinegar mixture. 

Get messy and explore textures with this Pumpkin Oobleck. Take this one outside! Cover the area with a newspaper if that’s not feasible, and don’t forget to grab a smock. 

Learn about the concept of energy by building a Pumpkin Battery. Students will gawk with wonder when they watch LEDs powered by a pumpkin! 

Build a pumpkin boat, and then make predictions about what will make the pumpkin sink or float with this Pumpkin Science Experiment!

Pumpkin Recipes for Kids

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Take your students to the pumpkin patch with this Pumpkin Patch Dirt Cup. While this recipe requires you to make instant pudding, you could also get away with using pre-made pudding cups as well. 

Students will enjoy this sweet and salty festive treat! The Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix is simple to make, with just a few basic ingredients! This activity is perfect for Fall. 

Students can practice their literacy skills and follow a visual recipe with this How to Make Pumpkin Pie Adapted Reader. This fun and interactive story helps students follow along with the recipe and allows them to fine-tune their comprehension skills. For another fall-inspired adapted reader/recipe, try How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds.

For an alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie recipe, try this Easy Pumpkin Pie in a Cup recipe. 

This Spooky Pumpkin Graham Cracker Treat is fun to make and complements the story, Spookly The Square Pumpkin. Check out the October Adapted Piece Book Set, and bring story time with Spookly to life with our hands-on sets. 


Do you have a favorite pumpkin activity for your classroom? Tell us in the comments!

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