Pumpkins, Pumpkins

3-5 years
Child Development
Children will follow the pumpkin from seed to table. They will learn about the vegetable or fruit by reading a book featuring it, drawing it, talking about where is it grown, what it looks like and eating a dish that uses this vegetable or fruit.
Featured vegetable or fruit
A library book featuring that vegetable or fruit (see below for a list of ideas)
Blank construction paper
Scissors, markers, and other various art supplies
How to Play
  1. Bring in the featured vegetable or fruit. 
  2. Read the children a book that mentions the vegetable or fruit. 
  3. Ask the children to describe the vegetable or fruit using words, or writing a poem. 
  4. Draw the vegetable or fruit, cut out and decorate using art supplies. 
  5. Prepare the vegetable or fruit into a soup, muffin or smoothie. 
Change it up / Alternatives / Additional Options

Below is a list of book ideas that you can borrow from your public library. 

  • Pumpkins or Apples by Ken Robbins 
  •  Salad People and More Real Recipes by Mollie Katzen 
  • I will Never not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child 
  • A Book of Vegetables by Harriet Sobol

  • I do not Eat the Colour Green by Lynne Rikards

Try this activity with several vegetables and fruit such as apples, bananas, beans, peas and zucchinis.

Adapted from Healthy After Schools