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Time for some Halloween S.T.E.A.M.! Fall is such a fun time to get creative with learning. I love pumpkins and wanted to do a little bit of pumpkin math plus art today! I am participating in the Virtual Book Club this month. The book we are focusing on is 5 Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino. See more pumpkin ideas at the end of the post.
To do this pumpkin math activity, I used small pumpkins, but any size will do! This could be adapted for little kids or older kids easily. We decided to see how many different segments a pumpkin has. We counted them by sticking in a tack. To make it more fun (and add a little extra learning), we made patterns with them.
I found these googly eye tacks a while ago at the dollar store, I think. Aren’t they adorable?
Then I had the kids paint the stripes down the different sections of the pumpkins. They followed the patterns of the tacks they pushed in along the top of the pumpkin.
To adapt it a bit for my older kids, I made it into a fraction lesson. With a, 2-color pattern half of them were white and half of them were green. With a 3-color pattern, it divided them into thirds (not quite evenly). I only got two pumpkins for my kids, but you could keep going with this and do lots of different fractions.
The fun thing about this activity is that it teaches several math skills, and is adaptable for many ages. Plus, there is pain involved! Adding an art element always makes my kids happy!
Want more pumpkin learning ideas from the Virtual Book Club team? Check out some of these:
Also be sure to check out our Halloween STEAM book!