Fall is such a fantastic time of the year. The hands on learning and field trip opportunities are endless. With pumpkins, squash and gourds abound it's hard to resist those vibrant colors and interesting textures and shapes. The kiddos have been playing non-stop with this little bookcase I put together. Check it out!
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- Pumpkins and squash of all sizes and varieties. The local farmers market and grocery stores are full of them. Farm pumpkin patches are also great! We go at least once (maybe twice) a season.
- Kitchen Scale - we like the retro non-digital version, but whatever you've got on hand
- Soft Tape Measure
- Bathroom Scale
- Yardstick and Rulers (Don't really need, but I like to give the kiddos options and see them figure out what measuring tool works best for the job.)
- Have the kiddos sort the small pumpkins from largest to smallest. Weigh each pumpkin using the kitchen scale. Record your findings. We used our handy-dandy whiteboard. See if the kiddos are accurate in their sorting.
- Using the squash, have kiddos hypothesize which squash is the biggest. To test our theories, we measured the circumference (distance around) each squash and then weighed them all individually. Record your findings as you go. You might discover some interesting findings like the largest squash by circumference, actually weighs less than some of the other squash.
- Lastly, we weighed our big ghost pumpkin using a bathroom digital scale. I asked the kiddos if the pumpkin would weigh more or less than their baby brother. They guessed that brother weighed more. They were right! Then we measured the distance around the pumpkin and compared it to the distance around their tummies. Pretty fun!
There are so many variations to this Fall themed measuring activity. You could use pinecones and acorns or even APPLES! Don't get me started on my love of all things apple.
Need more Seasonal Activities? Check out our Fall and Autumn Fun Pinterest Board!
To go along with our Fall measuring activity, we put together a list of our favorite pumpkin books:
- Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
- How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? by Margaret McNamara
- The Very Best Pumpkin by Mark Kimball Moulton
- From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer
- The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steve Kroll
- The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons