Heading to the pumpkin patch with your family is a great way to snag pumpkins, mums, and cider. But did you know it is also a great time to have some educational fun? Take a look below at 7 educational pumpkin patch activities that you can enjoy with your family. They are a great way to make your pumpkin patch visit not only a productive and enjoyable one, but an educational one too!
7 Educational Pumpkin Patch Activities
1. Take pumpkin stats.
Take a small scale and tape measure with you to the patch. While you are there, enjoy taking some pumpkin stats. Take notes on the weight, height, and circumference of some of your favorite pumpkins. Compare stats of the various pumpkins when you are done.
2. What gives a pumpkin its color?
Notice how pumpkins come in various shades of red, white, green, and orange. Make note of all of the various colors you see. You can even create a tally if you wish. Then, head home, jump on the computer, and find out what gives the pumpkin its color.
3. Pumpkin patch shape hunt.
Pumpkin patches are full of various shapes. You have circle and oval pumpkins, square and rectangle hay bales, and so much more. Go on a shape hunt and see how many shapes you can find. Make a list and share your findings with each other.
4. Interview a farmer.
Write a few (3-4) questions for the farmer before you go. The questions can pertain to the care of the patch, the animals that live there, the pumpkins, etc. If you get the chance, interview the farmer and record the answers.
5. Explore the seed-to-pumpkin journey.
Take a moment to look at pumpkin seeds, the vine, pumpkin flowers, and finished pumpkins. Talk about the journey from seed to pumpkin and all of the changes the pumpkin goes through.
6. Explore the animals of the patch.
Many pumpkin patches have animals. Goats, sheep, chickens, and other small animals are known to reside at patches and enjoy the offerings as well. Use this opportunity to learn more about these animals, their environments, diets, etc.
7. Learn more about mums.
Mums are beautiful fall flowers and sold at most pumpkin patches. Take this opportunity to note their colors, shapes, and how to care for them. Smell them, examine them, and even write a poem about them when done.
A pumpkin patch can be a wonderful educational experience. Give these activities a try with your family!