7 Pumpkin Activities for Preschoolers

It is that time of year again where pumpkins are literally everywhere. You have purchased far too many and now you need to put them to use. I have 7 simple, low key activities that you can do with your toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners using real life pumpkins. 

Easy Pumpkin Activities

Pumpkin Volcanoes

  • Cut off the top of a pumpkin and scoop out the insides as if you were going to carve the pumpkin.
  • Put a sprinkle of baking soda in the pumpkin and a squirt of dish soap.
  • Pour some vinegar into the pumpkin and watch it turn into a volcano.

Notes: You can add food coloring for extra excitement and you can water down the vinegar so that it lasts longer.

Skill: STEM and Fine Motor Skills

*If you like baking soda and vinegar activities, check out my Jumping Corn activity.

Pumpkin Boats

  • Cut off the top of a pumpkin and scoop out the insides as if you were going to carve the pumpkin.
  • Fill a sensory bin with water and the pumpkin boats.
  • Add small figurines to take a rid in the boats.

Skill: Sensory and Imaginative Play

Pumpkin Painting

Paint the Pumpkin- It’s not very innovative, but VERY successful.

  • Invite your child to paint a pumpkin

Notes: Acrylic paints stay the best and have the most vibrant color, but they are not washable.

Skill: Creative Skills and Pre-Writing Skills

*If you have a child who loves painting, you need to try this Body Tracing and Painting activity

Pumpkin Washing

Pumpkin painting and washing are basically a two for one special because after you finish painting the pumpkins go ahead and wash the pumpkin. A little lather, rinse, repeat action keeps your kiddos happy and allows you to do the same to activities for days upon days. 

  • Fill a sensory bin with soap and water.
  • Add pumpkins, sponges, and plastic cups.
  • Invite your preschooler to wash the pumpkins.

Skill: Creative Skills and Sensory Play

Dot Sticker Pumpkin Activity

Seriously, is there anything dot stickers can’t do?

  • Write letters on a pumpkin using dry erase marker.
  • Write the same letters on dot stickers.
  • Match the dot stickers to the right letters.

 Notes: You can easily make this up and use sight words, numbers, or matching capital and lowercase letters.

Skill:RF.K.1.D Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

*Dot Stickers are a serious favorite of mine. Check out these two activites if you share my love of dot stickers. Letter Parking Lot  Dot Sticker Flower

Tracing Pumpkin Activity

Another 2 for 1 special, it is like I am the manager of a grocercy store or something. Instead of covering the dry erase letters with dot stickers, this time you will be eraseing the dry erase marker with a Q-Tip.

  • Draw shapes on the pumpkin using dry erase markers.
  • Erase/Trace the shape using a wet Q-tip. Again you can totally mix this up and use sight words, numbers, or letters.

 Notes: Again you can totally mix this up and use sight words, numbers, or letters.

Skills: Pre-Writing Skills

Sequencing Pumpkin Activity

  • Write numbers on the pumpkins.
  • Place the numbers in order.

Notes: You can use this to work on skip counting if you have a child who is a little more advanced.

Skills: K.CC.A.1 Count to 100 by ones and by tens

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Fun Pumpkin Activities

Engage your kiddo with these simple hands-on pumpkin activities for preschoolers. (Honestly, they are good for toddlers and preschoolers too!) If you try one, be sure to tag me or let me know how it goes. I always love seeing your successes! And of course, share you favorite pumpkin ideas here so I can try your favorites too!