k-6 Pumpkin Science Lesson Plans
Halloween is a wonderful time to delve into “spooky” science with the kids. Below are more than 25 Halloween science and sensory activities to try with the kids this month
Get creative with your fall science activities and STEM projects this season. Here are 10 must try, amazingly cool ideas for fall science and STEM activities your kids will love. Plus I bet the adults will have a blast too. Fall always reminds me of apples and pumpkins. These unique, hands-on ideas are sure to be a big hit and provide an educational punch too! Make sure to also check out our Pumpkin Science Collection and our Fall Sensory Science Collection while you are planning your Fall science activities.
Understanding the life cycle of a pumpkin.
Observing the inside and outside of a pumpkin.
Discovering the many uses of pumpkins.
I wanted to share a collection of some playful ways to teach young kids about seeds. These are some of the activities available around the web, and they are mainly focused on teaching kids ages 2-6 about seeds in a hands-on way.
Here’s a fun lesson plan for Halloween that demonstrates diffusion and the properties of stretchy polymers.
- A Broom’s Story – The student will be able to explain point of view and write a story from a witch’s broom’s point of view.
- Bat Mobiles – In this lesson, students create Model Magic bat mobiles. Each mobile has a model of a bat and several bat facts listed on it.
- Black Cats – In this lesson, students will choose whether they think black cats are bad luck or not and then write a persuasive piece about their point of view.
- Candy Collage – The student will be able to create a collage from drawings of his favorite Halloween candy.
- Candy Corn Poetry – Students can create poetry in the shape of a candy corn. The six word poem is a fun way for them to share what they like about Halloween.
- Candy Graphs – The student will be able to make a bar graph showing how many people like four different types of Halloween candy.
- Creating a Potion – The student will be able to create a unique potion, explain what it does, and give step by step directions for how to make it.
- Fraction Brew – The student will be able to multiply fractions.
- Gourd People – The student will be able to make a face from a small gourd.
- Halloween Newsletter – Create a newsletter based on the attached research about the history of Halloween, jack-o-lanterns, costumes, the name Halloween, and other topics.
Get your classroom in the Halloween spirit with these math and science activities, writing ideas, and crafts. Plus, use our Halloween-themed book lists to find a perfect read-aloud title or scary stories to share with your students for independent reading.
PreK–K , 1–2 , 3–5
We’re raising 3 geeky girls around here.
They watch Doctor Who. They read maps for fun. They watch science shows on weekends. So, I’m always looking for ideas to give them the science they crave with the fun kids love. Enter home science experiments.
The girls love their annual science fair, especially when we get to play with candy, and Halloween is the perfect time to do a little more experimenting.
With just a few basic ingredients at home, the kids can explore the world of science with a spooky twist.
Halloween is the perfect time for some fun and engaging STEM activities. There are just so many activities that capture a child’s interest and imagination during this season, and so many of them are perfect for our young scientists! We love Halloween around here and to celebrate I’m planning 31 days of Halloween STEM Activities countdown to Halloween. Join us on our Halloween STEM adventure!
It’s FALL! Changing temperatures, colors, and changes in routines mean there are lots of opportunities to explore some new and exciting science experiments. If you are a regular here, you know just how much we love science. For us, fall is an awesome time to do some of the science experiments for kids we have been putting on our to do list all year. If you are looking for inexpensive, easy projects that are great for fall, you have come to the right place!
Get ready for a lot of messy fun this Halloween with deliciously ewwwy monster slime, play dough brain surgery, pumpkin goop, melting hands, candy experiments, spooky noise makers, fizzing eyeballs and so much more. Ooodles of inspiring Halloween home science ideas and seasonal recipes for play to make the most of Halloween for the kids this year.
Students will learn a variety of subjects including history, science, nutrition, and math through the study of pumpkins. Activities include estimating the size and weight of pumpkins, sprouting pumpkin seeds, and making pumpkin pie in a bag.
- The Great Pumpkin Story activity sheet
- Pumpkins, 1 per group
- String, rulers, and scale (for weighing pumpkins; a bathroom scale will work)
- Pumpkin Peddlers activity sheet
- Plastic cups, 10 per group
- Resealable bags, 1 per group
- Large spoons
- Clear plastic cup (for planting)
- Paper towels
- Cotton balls
- Craft/popsicle stick
- Pumpkin Pie in a Bag instructions and ingredients
GLOWING DRINKABLE BEVERAGES
Did you know that tonic water will glow under a blacklight? We didn’t either. The quinine in the tonic water glows a very cool looking blue color that we really like. If you’re not crazy about the taste of tonic water, try making ice cubes using the tonic water and then add them to a glass of Sprite or another light colored citrus drink. Switch on the blacklight and you have the perfect Halloween beverage. After a few minutes the entire drink will start to glow. (see photo) It works for making glowing Jello as well.
Here are my favourite ideas for Autumn and Fall Science activities. I’ve been really inspired this year to think of seasonal activities for the kids, here are some of my favourite Autumn ideas, all with a Science twist.
Investigate the best way to preserve leaves and make some leaf people. We love this leaf chromatography experiment from Playdough to Plato.
Exploring changes of state with toffee apples and treacle toffee. Lovely ice play ideas like this beautiful Autumn themed ice, what would happen if you added some salt?