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My kids are fascinated with the different types of life cycles, so we have been having fun learning all about them. I am also enjoying adding to my life cycle collection in my printable library. Today With Fall underway, I have pumpkin life cycle activities for you!
I created a pumpkin life cycle printable set, but we also made an edible pumpkin life cycle!
Life cycles are important for kids to understand because it helps them understand the process and cycle of the world around them. It can help them understand how things grow and change and how to care for the world we live in. What I love, is seeing kids expressions when they see what something looks like in a non mature state: the larvae of an insect, a small green pumpkin, a bird before it has all of its feathers. etc.
This Pumpkin Life Cycle printable set will help you teach kids how pumpkins grow. It includes everything in both color and black & white. There is a full life cycle of pumpkin plants, with seeds, pumpkin plants and pumpkin flowers as well as a green pumpkin and full grown orange pumpkin. This printable also includes a cut and paste life cycle, sketch your own life cycle, and a life cycle spinner.
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How to make the Edible Pumpkin Life Cycle
I love making snacks related to things we are learning about. We did an edible frog life cycle a while back and my kids still talk about it. I am hoping this edible pumpkin life cycle stays with them, too!
I made this as a healthy snack because we try hard to keep junk food out of our diet. I know in schools, teachers and parents want the same thing to happen. So this is a perfect, healthy way to represent the life cycle!
2 Stalks of Celery (with leaves)
1 Green Grape
Cut the top off of the stalk of celery. We used just the top section with the leaves on it. This is to resemble the vine. The pretzel is to represent the stem of the pumpkin.
On a plate, assemble the life cycle in this order in a circle- Seeds, celery, celery with a green grape, and the orange.
Now, make sure to visit a pumpkin patch with your kids to let them see the pumpkins growing in real life, too!
Pumpkin Books We Love:
Today’s post is part of the Monthly Nature Book Club. We can’t have a book club post without some awesome book recommendations, right? Here are a couple of our favorite pumpkin/squash themed books.
The Pumpkin Runner by Marsha Diane Arnold
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer
Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell
The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara
Nature Book Club
Today’s post is part of the Nature Book Club series. See what the other participating bloggers shared this month! Also, join our Facebook Group for more ideas.
Pumpkin Unit Study + Pumpkin Slime Recipe from Jenny at Faith & Good Works
Online Nature Book Club from Dachelle at Hide the Chocolate
Squash Prints from Cassidy at Freshly Painted
Pumpkins & Squashes: Creatively Fun Homeschool Lessons & Activities from Sharla at Minnesota Country Girl
Pumpkin Life Cycle from Karyn at Teach Beside Me