We had a little pumpkin drama on the day Little M brought her pumpkin home. No need to point fingers (since the only innocent party was me). When the pumpkin cracked there were tears… and consequences were doled out… but then I had an idea. Why let this sad experience go to waste? Why not turn it into a pumpkin science experiment? A rotting pumpkin science experiment in fact!
Rotting Pumpkin Science
That is just what we did. I brought out our nature journal and we made a few initial observations. We also talked about what we thought would happen to our pumpkin.
While doing this experiment I used scientific words. We recorded our hypothesis, data and even the conclusion.
Day 5…I asked M and M to record their observations by drawing pictures of what they saw. (It’s so exciting to use a sharpie!) For older kids this would be a great way to get in some extra writing practice.
Day 10… I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be able to stand it. This one might be a little too gross for me. Kids Activities Blog tried a rotting pumpkin and made it until the bugs came… yikes I don’t know if I could do that! I love the individual science journal. I’m thinking the kids might get field journals in their stockings this year.
This rotting pumpkin experiment would be great in a preschool pumpkin unit study. Homeschool Helper Online has a full one!
For more Halloween activities for kids visit Halloween lesson plan.
Have you ever tried letting a pumpkin rot? How did it go for your family? If you haven’t tried it, is this the year?
This post originally appeared on October 29, 2011.