As the leaves begin to change color and the air turns crisp, it can only mean one thing: autumn has arrived! And with it comes a world of creative possibilities, centered around one iconic symbol of the season – the pumpkin.
Whether you’re in search of educational fall activities and printables for your homeschool, or just looking for some family-friendly fun, here’s a cornucopia of pumpkin crafts and activities. From delicious pumpkin recipes to cute pumpkin crafts and everything in between, explore the many ways to embrace the lovely fall season.
Fun and Creative Pumpkin Crafts
1) Are you teaching your kids how to crochet? If so, this Pretty Pumpkin Crochet is a lovely fall craft they can work on. It might be fun for several of you to take on this project, with each of you choosing a fall-themed color. Then, once your pumpkin crafts are complete, you’ll have some lovely fall decor to place around your house.
2) Kids young and old (and lots of adults, too) find clay an ideal medium for creativity. Younger children might choose to make their pumpkins larger while your older students might practice their fine motor skills by seeing how tiny they can craft their Foam Clay Pumpkins.
3) This post shows you step-by-step instructions, with photos, on how to make a Fall Felt Pumpkin. It involves sewing, so this would be a great project for older kids.
4) If you’re looking for an easy, fun pumpkin idea that takes inspiration from nature, this Pumpkin Paper Bag Craft is a perfect fit.
5) How do you make a pumpkin still life using only red, yellow, and blue paint? Pumpkin Pointillism, that’s how! Your kids’ pumpkin crafts will also serve as an art lesson in primary colors.
6) Here is a fall-themed toilet paper tube pumpkin box—a fun pumpkin craft that makes a nice decoration to use throughout fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin Printables and Activities
7) This creative printable is perfect for the Pre-K to Second Grade crowd. It’s a great October activity to get those little imaginations and brains excited and ready to learn: Create a Face Pumpkin Printable
8) Here’s a simple activity – no heat is needed to make this type of playdough. Just mix everything up well and call it a day. All the ingredients are food-based, so while it won’t taste very good, your sensory-seeking little ones won’t be hurt if they sneak a taste of this delicious-smelling playdough: Pumpkin Spice Playdough
9) This craft is not only fun and easy, but it also integrates science, writing, and art. And it’s simple to adapt for different ages and stages: Parts of a Pumpkin Craft and Printable
10) A cute printable that’s perfect for young children who are practicing tens facts. It will help your kids get faster and better at them because it will make practice so much more fun! Cut out all the pieces and get ready for some serious math fun: Pumpkin Ten Frame Addition
11) In the spirit of the season (pumpkin season that is) why not grab your kiddos, get crafty, and make some of these cute birdfeeders? This project really is fun and simple. If you grow your own pumpkins, that’s perfect! Put them to good use by making these little birdfeeders! If you don’t grow your own, start your project by buying some small pumpkins just for this purpose: How to Make a Pumpkin Birdfeeder
12) With the start of fall comes the desire to bake delicious treats that are full of spice and warm flavors. This fall, why don’t you try these thin crisp Pumpkin Spice Cookies—perfect for dunking into a cold glass of milk. This is an especially fun recipe for baking together with your kids!
13) Here is a non-traditional pumpkin pie you might want to give a try: Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie
14) Looking for a unique, delicious, and cozy recipe to serve up this fall? Look no further: this recipe for Savory Pumpkin Pasties is the one you’ve been searching for. If you haven’t had them before, pasties are essentially savory, portable pies. Because pasties are small and convenient to carry, they make a great lunch, snack, or appetizer. This particular pasty has a delicious pumpkin, garlic and cheese filling.
15) This No-Bake Pumpkin Fluff Pie is a great recipe to have in your arsenal because (as the name would indicate) it requires no baking whatsoever. This makes it a good one to keep in mind for Thanksgiving, when you know your oven is going to already be in high demand!
16) There are many things to love about this Creamy Pumpkin Soup. For one thing, it’s hearty and healthy. It’s a rich and savory blend of cream, broth, herbs, and pumpkin. This is the rich, mature savory type of pumpkin flavor that makes you want to ladle it into a big bowl and cuddle up with your favorite book.
17) Pumpkins are a healthy vegetable, and they’re delicious too! They are low-calorie, and they contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. They’re full of fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. So even though these pumpkin ideas for breakfast are a little on the indulgent side, you can enjoy them now and then knowing that you’re benefiting from eating a vegetable that can contribute some health benefits: Pumpkin Breakfast Ideas
18) Can’t get enough pumpkin spice in your life? Try making pumpkin spice syrup. It’s perfect for coffee, tea, and to drizzle over ice cream. Yum!
All About Pumpkins
19) If you have little kids, this Pumpkin Life Cycle Mini-Book is the perfect introduction to the life cycle of pumpkins – print it off and work on it together before you head on out to the pumpkin patch!
20) This All About Pumpkins Life Cycle Unit Study includes 16 pages of worksheets! You’ll find pumpkin life cycle worksheets and a labeling activity in which your children will learn to label the parts of the pumpkin. We’ve also included Montessori three-part cards and a nature journal (with cover and blank pages for open-ended learning). It’s perfect for students from 1st – 6th grades!
More Pumpkin Crafts, Ideas, and Projects
21) With all these pumpkin crafts and ideas, you’ve probably realized by now that you don’t have to put a scary face on a pumpkin to enjoy the most iconic image of fall. Pumpkins can be the base for many fun and educational activities in your homeschool.
22) Here are some terrific pumpkin science and STEM activities.
23) Over at Gift of Curiosity, they conducted a pumpkin decomposition experiment to see how pumpkins would decompose under four different conditions. Talk about a terrific science activity!
24) Have some fun teaching your child pumpkin pie fractions!
Five Fun Books about Pumpkins!
25) Along with the many pumpkin crafts, here are a few more ideas. Books!