Pumpkin season is in full swing here at our home. We have gone toBlack Island Farms for the annual wagon ride around the farm and pick your own pumpkin, Big Man has been harvesting his own New England Sugar Pie pumpkin patch, we have read about, decorated, baked, pureed, dehydrated, powdered and eaten our favorite fruit of the season. Here is a collection of our favorite books, activities and recipes of the pumpkin season!
We don't stray much from our pumpkin traditions each year. We read Pumpkin Day before our trip to the farm and thenHow Many Seeds in a Pumpkin the week after. I posted on this book and activity last year, you can find that here. After the book and activity we puree our pumpkins, toast the seeds and preserve them using one of the methods I posted about here. This year, Big Woman's pumpkin had the most seeds, although "it is not a contest".
Too Many Pumpkins is another favorite book around here, that even the older children still love to listen to. After this story we always have to make a pumpkin treat of some kind (and usually more than one). Here is a collection of some of our favorite recipes and a new one for us to try this year.
Nature study is one of our favorite subjects, especially when it has to do with plants so we decided to do a pumpkin study this year. We began by reading The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons and then observed Big Man's pumpkin patch as well as our farm pumpkins. I used the Handbook of Nature Study for a more in depth look at pumpkins and then we all made an entry in our nature journals or for Big Man, his garden journal. We did a few activities from Kids Pumpkin Projects, one of them being to write a poem about your pumpkin which we included in the nature journals with a picture of the child and their pumpkin, Big Woman even gave her pumpkin a name. We also looked at the different varieties of pumpkins available at Baker Creek Seeds and made a list of new ones we'd like to try planting next year.
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