Anatomy of a pumpkin: an activity for children of all ages. What makes up a pumpkin? How does a pumpkin grow and survive? For this activity, consider visiting a pumpkin patch in your area if you are able. Take pictures of the different varieties to include in your garden notebook/journal. This activity will help your children learn to notice the different parts and structures of the pumpkin. Learning about the anatomy and function of each part of a living organism is important in learning how it obtains food, reproduces, and survives. This activity pairs well with the ‘Explore a Pumpkin’ activity.
- Read the story The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs – highly recommended for children ages 3-7 (R), or another recommended book.
- As you read, have your child narrate parts of the story back to you.
- Throughout the week, memorize Proverbs 15:13, “Happiness makes a person smile.”
- Draw a pumpkin and label each part.
- Have your child tell you about their favorite part of the field trip to the pumpkin patch, and/or tell you about the functions or role of as many parts of the pumpkin as they are able. Record a younger child’s explanations/dictations as needed.
- Place the page or pages in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal.
- For an older child: have them write a brief description of each pumpkin part’s function or role.
- If you have taken pictures, place these pictures in your garden notebook/journal and write memories made and lessons learned from your visit to the pumpkin patch.
- For additional learning, consider having your older child draw the life cycle of a pumpkin or a few of the different varieties (varieties of squash can be found in the book Farm Anatomy on p. 76, 77). You can find free life cycle of a pumpkin cards here.
- Feel free to add your memory verse, poems, recipes, memories, or quotes about pumpkins to your garden notebook/journal as well.
- Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.
One day I found two pumpkin seeds.
I planted one and pulled the weeds.
It sprouted roots and a big, long vine.
A pumpkin grew; I called it mine.
The pumpkin was quite round and fat.
(I really am quite proud of that.)
But there is something I’ll admit
That has me worried just a bit.
I ate the other seed, you see.
Now will it grow inside of me?
(I’m so relieved since I have found
That pumpkins only grow in the ground!)
Advice From a Pumpkin
Get plenty of sunshine
Give thanks for life’s bounty
Have a thick skin
Be outstanding in your field