PUMPKIN ADVENTURES WITH KIDS

Lisa Ely gives us tips to get kids excited and educated about pumpkins

Get kids excited about the pumpkins at the pumpkin patch:

  • Create a scavenger hunt for your kids to explore when shopping for pumpkins
    • Find a pumpkin the size of your hand
    • Find a pumpkin the size of your face
    • Find a pumpkin with a long straight stem
    • Find a pumpkin with a curled stem
    • Find a bumpy pumpkin
  • Increase their pumpkin knowledge
    • The stages of pumpkin growth
      • Seed
      • Sprout
      • Vine
      • Flower
      • Pumpkin
    • Pumpkin pollination
    • Color changes during growth.
    • Different pumpkin varieties
  • Pumpkin Facts & Trivia
    • Pumpkins are technically a fruit, family Cucurbitacae
    • Pumpkins are completely editable
    • Pumpkins are grown on 6 continents, Antartica is the only one that pumpkins are not grown on.
    • The average pumpkin has 500 seeds
    • Pumpkins are 90 percent water
    • There are over 45 different pumpkin varieties

Pumpkin Carving Tricks:

  1. Draw out your design on a piece of paper. Once you have a design you’re happy with, tape the paper against your pumpkin.
  2. Using a fork, poke the outlines of the design so it indents into the pumpkin. When you remove the paper, there will be holes outlining your design.
  3. Using a knife, carefully cut out the design by following the fork-hole outline.
  4. Done! Put a tealight candle in the base of your pumpkin and enjoy the spooky scenes!

How to Make Pumpkin Slime:

  1. Cut top of pumpkin off
  2. Clean out pumpkin
  3. One bottle of White or Clear Glue
  4. Baking Soda
  5. Contact Solution
  6. Pumpkin Guts
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