Pumpkin Investigations!

Today we did lots of fun activities with our class pumpkin that we got at the pumpkin patch last week. The kids had a blast!

First, we estimated the circumference of our pumpkin. We started by letting one of the kids pull the yarn for her guess. Then, we put it around the pumpkin to see if it was too short or too long. It was a little too long, so we talked about making a good guess based off of what her string looked like.
Pulling yarn to make our estimate

Measuring to see if we were right

Tyrone guessed exactly right...the kids were so excited!
Clearly, this chart was made a LONG time ago (before I became obsessed with fonts), but it works well for comparing our yarn estimates.

The next thing we did was estimate the weight of our pumpkin. We had a little mini lesson on weight and talked about things that weighted more and less than each other before we made our guesses. We passed our pumpkin around so we could get a really good feel for it, then made our guess. After lunch, we took our pumpkin to the office to borrow our secretary's scale...our pumpkin weighed 3 pounds!

After estimating weight and circumference, we cut our pumpkin open and did some investigating. The kids thought it was so gross to feel the inside! Then, we wrote describing words for the outside and inside of our pumpkin.
The boys liked it more than the girls!

Thanks to Cara at The First Grade Parade for this idea...the green words describe the outside and the brown words describe the inside
This next picture is just to show how sweet my kiddos are. At the end of the day, I was spray painting beans to be our pumpkins later this week and two of my sweet girls offered to turn over all the beans to paint the other side so I wouldn't have to bend over (which is not easy to do with only 2 weeks until baby is here!).

Happy Tuesday!


  1. Go Tyrone! They seem to be having so much fun!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  2. Such great pumpkin activities! I bet the kids learned a lot about pumpkins. I wasn't brave enough to open ours up, but I know that's a good experience for them since many haven't seen the inside of one. :)


  3. Everything looks fun! I'm cutting my pumpkin tomorrow to do the same thing! 2 more weeks- hooray!
    ~ Amy


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