Pumpkin Picking Is Science in Kindergarten

Picking pumpkins at Demarest Farm offered the opportunity for a variety of scientific experiences for the kindergarten students. The children were introduced to the growth cycle of the pumpkin and engaged in sequencing activities based on this knowledge. They learned that while the pumpkin is hard and firm on the outside, it is quite different on the inside. The children enjoyed the sensory experience of scooping and separating the many slippery white seeds from the gooey pulp. The seeds were then rinsed and used for toasting, tasting, and finally for planting!