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Kindergarten Harvest Lesson Plans with Pumpkins

written by: ARobin • edited by: Wendy Finn • updated: 1/20/2012

Celebrate fall by having a week on pumpkins! Children will learn pumpkin facts through games, math, language skills and art projects all within our harvest lesson theme.

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    Monday

    This installment of harvest lesson plans features all things pumpkin. If possible, plan a class field trip to a pumpkin patch.

    What You'll Need

    To be able to present this lesson plan in its fullest capacity, here are the things that you will need:

    • Store bought pumpkin
    • Pumpkin scented candle (do not light it...just smell it)

    Containers of:

    • Pumpkin spice
    • All spice
    • Ginger
    • Cinnamon
    • Whole cloves
    • Nutmeg
    • Gold glitter
    • Washable orange paint
    • Paper plates
    • Pumpkin seeds (either real or cut outs)
    • Dice
    • Pre-cut pumpkins (two sets)

    Circle Time Discussion

    1. Show the children the pumpkin.
    2. Allow them to look at it, tap it, and pick it up (if possible).
    3. Explain to them that pumpkins are a type of gourd, like squash and zucchini.
    4. Discuss the smells of cooking pumpkin pie. Allow children to smell the containers of spices.
    5. Ask children to describe each scent. Write the descriptions on a chart.

    Art

    Glitter Pumpkins

    You will need:

    • Washable orange paint
    • Paper plates
    • Gold glitter

    Directions:

    1. Instruct children to paint the paper plate orange.
    2. Before the paint dries, children should sprinkle gold glitter to the painted pumpkins.
    3. Cut out a rectangle stem using brown construction paper.

    Glitter Pumpkins

    You will need:

    • Washable orange paint
    • Paper plates
    • Gold glitter

    Directions:

    1. Instruct children to paint the paper plate orange.
    2. Before the paint dries, children should sprinkle gold glitter to the painted pumpkins.
    3. Cut out a rectangle stem using brown construction paper.

    Math Skills

    Pumpkin Seed Addition Use either real pumpkin seeds or cut out tear drop shapes from white construction paper. Roll dice twice and add numbers together. For example: If a child rolls the dice for the first time and lands on a 3, count out three seeds. On the second roll, if the dice lands on the number 5, count out 5 seeds. Then create an addition problem: 3 seeds + 5 seeds = 8 seeds.

    Language Skills

    Pumpkin Opposites On two sets of pre-cut pumpkins, write positional words (up, right, over, etc.), On the second set, write the opposites down, left, under, etc. Children should match the opposite words.

    Teacher Notes

    If time allows, create a "Book of Scent" with the spices. On construction paper, paint on a thin layer of liquid glue. Sprinkle the spice over the wet glue and allow to dry. Allow the children to write the name of each spice on the correct page of the book. Suggested Books: The Jack-O-Lantern Trick by Lillie Patterson It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown by Charles Shultz

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    Tuesday

    For today's lesson, you will be continuing the discussion about pumpkins. The children will make a stuffed pumpkin for art and learn a cute pumpkin song for Halloween. Here are the things needed for the day today:

    • Brown paper lunch sacks
    • Washable orange paint
    • Newspaper
    • Narrow green ribbon
    • Rubber bands
    • Pre-cut pumpkins

    Circle Time

    Review what the pumpkin facts the class learned on Monday. Ask children if they remember the descriptions of the smells from the previous day's lesson. Sing the song: Mr. Pumpkin To the tune of "I'm A Little Teapot"

    Here is Mr. Pumpkin (children should extend their arms to pretend they are carrying a large pumpkin),

    Plain as he can be

    When you start to carve him, Think how he should be (tap your temple as if in thought)

    You can make his face like this, he'll be glad (children should pause and smile big)

    You can make a face like this, he'll be sad (children should frown)

    If you want him scary, to fill us all with fright

    Make his face like this on Halloween night! (children should make scary faces)

    Art

    Stuffed Pumpkins - Instruct the children to paint the front and back of the paper lunch sack. After paint dries, children should stuff newspaper into sack. Twist the top and close it securely by using a rubber band. Tie a green ribbon around the rubber band. A beautiful classroom bulletin board, is to take green construction paper and twist it, like a vine, staple the stuffed pumpkins to the bulletin board with the vine attached to each pumpkin. Label the display, _________'s (teacher's name) Little Pumpkin Patch.

    Math Skills

    You will need:

    • Pre-cut pumpkins
    • Brown rectangle stems (cut from construction paper)

    On each pumpkin, draw seeds. On the brown stems, write the numbers to correspond with the seeds. How to Play: Instruct the children to match the correct number of seeds to the number written on stem.

    Language Skills

    Ask children to list words or phrases that describe a pumpkin (round, sphere, like a ball, orange, has a stem, grows on a vine, grows from a seed and so on.) Record their answers on a chart. Examine each descriptive word. Discuss the letter that each word begins with.

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    Wednesday

    Today's lesson will be a review of the pumpkin facts that have been learned so far. Here are the things that you will need to present today's lesson plan to its fullest capacity:
    • Paper plates (two for each child)
    • Washable yellow paint
    • Washable orange paint
    • Razor knife
    • Self healing mat
    • Pumpkin pie

    Circle Time

    Review pumpkin facts. Allow children to taste the pumpkin pie. Allow children to smell the spice containers again. Ask each child which spice they think is in the pumpkin pie. Discuss making pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and jack-o-lanterns out of the pumpkins.

    Art

    Instruct the children to paint the front of one plate yellow. Children should paint the back of the second plate orange. Using a razor-blade knife, cut out a jack-o-lantern face onto the orange plate. Glue or staple the orange plate to the yellow plate. The yellow should be seen through the jack-o-lantern face, re-creating the glow from a candle. **Do not allow children to use the razor-blade knife**

    Math Skills

    Play the Pumpkin Seed Addition game from previous lesson. Take the game a step further and make it a Subtraction game.

    Language Skills

    Ask children to create their own pumpkin pie recipes, record their answers on paper. Allow the children to decorate the recipe page.

    Teacher Notes

    Since this lesson plan is short and uncomplicated, today would be a good day to go to the pumpkin patch, if it is possible. If a trip to the pumpkin patch is not possible, carve a jack-o-lantern with your children.

    **If you decide to carve the pumpkin, scoop out the seeds and toast them for the children to eat as a snack. The seeds should be washed, dried and spread on a cookie sheet, then sprinkled with salt. Bake in the oven at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes or until they are golden brown.

    ** Suggested Books: Detective Mole and The Halloween Mystery by Robert Quackenbush That Terrible Halloween Night by James Stevenson

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    Thursday

    In today's lesson plan, the class will continue the study of pumpkins. Here are the things that you will need in order to present this lesson plan to its fullest:

    • Spice containers
    • Mini pumpkins (one for each child)
    • Markers
    • BINGO game cards
    • Mini pumpkins cut outs (to use for the space covers)
    • Blind fold

    Circle Time

    Review pumpkin facts. If the class took a field trip to pumpkin patch in the previous lesson, then discuss the pumpkin patch, its sights, sound, and smells. Reminisce about the special activities that took place at the pumpkin patch. Read, Hard Scrabble Harvest by, Dahlov Zorach Ipcar. Discuss that the wording in the book is rhyming. Have children repeat the words that rhyme. Discuss the events that happened in the book.

    Art

    Mini Pumpkin Decor - Provide each child with a mini pumpkin. Instruct children to decorate pumpkins using markers. Encourage them to draw designs as opposed to only coloring the pumpkin.

    Math

    Pumpkin Bingo Play bingo as usual, using regular bingo cards with numbers. Use mini pumpkin cut outs for the space covers. When a child wins, instruct them to call out "Pumpkin Pie!"

    Language

    Name That Spice Blind fold one child at a time. Hold a canister of spice under his or her nose and encourage the child to describe the spice. Ask children questions such as: "Is it a strong smell or a mild smell?" or "Is it a sweet smell or a spicy smell?" Ask children to guess the name of the spice. Record their answers on a chart. The chart should list the names of all of the spices being used. If a child guesses the spice correctly, place a check mark by the spice's name. The spice that is guessed the most frequently should be deemed the most recognizable spice.

    Suggested Reading Let's Find Out About Fall by Martha Snapp Henrietta Goes To The Fair by Sydeny Hoff Mouse Days: A Book Of Seasons by Leo Lionni

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    Friday

    This is the final installment in the series of kindergarten lesson plans created for the harvest lesson plan series. In this particular lesson, your class will be reviewing facts about pumpkins. If you are doing this unit around Halloween, take this day to host a Halloween party for your classroom students. Otherwise, these are the items that you will need to prepare for the day's lesson:

    • Large pumpkin cut outs
    • Shape cut outs (triangles, squares, stars, circles)
    • Poster board pumpkin
    • Black construction paper
    • Blind fold

    Circle Time

    Read, Fall is Here by Jane Belk Monocure Discuss the pictures and events in the book. Discuss the things that each child does in the fall. What holidays and celebrations are in the fall? What food do you eat in the fall? Review pumpkin facts.

    Art

    Jack-O-Lanterns

    Pre-cut the shapes or instruct the children to draw and cut out their own shapes to create the jack-o-lanterns. If children will cut out shapes, provide them with stencils if necessary. Provide children with large cut out pumpkins (two or three pumpkins for each child) Instruct children to adhere the shapes onto each pumpkin to create funny face jack-o-lanterns. Ask children to identify shapes that were used.

    Math

    Play pumpkin seed game from previous lesson. Practice addition and subtraction problems with the children. Also, discuss "more" and "less" while playing the game. For more advanced classes, make a "plus" and "minus", and "equals" signs out of card stock or construction paper. Arrange a certain number of seeds and insert the "plus" or "minus" signs to create a problem without using numbers. When answer is given, children should decide if the answer to the math problem created more or less seeds.

    Language

    Pin The Nose On The Pumpkin

    You will need:

    • Poster board
    • Pumpkin
    • Black construction paper, cut into a triangle nose

    How to Play: Blind fold each child. Turn them around and let them attempt to pin the nose on the pumpkin. On looking, children should encourage the blind folded child by using positional words "go up, left, right, down"...etc. Have any of your own pumpkin crafts or activities you use with your class? Let us know in the comments!