Preschool Pumpkins Activities and Crafts

Pumpkin Activities, Lessons, Crafts for preschool and kindergarten

Preschool and Kindergarten Pumpkin Activities, Games, Crafts, and Printables. Pumpkins are a wonderful introduction to the life cycle of many plants. They offer children an inside look at growth and development from seed to fruit. As an added bonus, children love the tradition of Jack-O-Lanterns whose range of facial expressions provides a natural lead-in to discussions about emotions and body language. Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes. They are versatile and fun. Give your children a treat with this joyful harvest of pumpkin-themed learning activities and games.

Samples of our more than 85 pumpkin preschool crafts, activities, and gamesavailable in our KidsSoup Resource Library:

Themes and Projects

Pumpkin Harvest Activities and Game


Paper Bag Pumpkin
Fragrant Pumpkin Pies
Funny Faces Pumpkins

Activities and Lessons

My Pumpkin Book
The Little Orange House Story
Pumpkin Rhymes, Songs, and Books


Pumpkin Harvest Activities and Game
Pumpkins on the Vine Counting
Count Down to Halloween

Science and Exploration

The Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Book
My Pumpkin Book
Pumpkin Science with the Five Senses


Pumpkins on the Vine Counting
Ordinal Number Pumpkins Folder Game
Orange, Things that Are Orange


Pumpkin Pie Fine Motor Skills
Musical Pumpkins
Pumpkin Hop

Booklets and Other

The Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Book
Yum Yum Pumpkin Book
Yum Yum Pumpkin Emergent Reader


Orange, Writing
Orange, Word Tracing
Pumpkin Coloring Page
Free Pumpkin Crafts, Pumpkin Activities, and Printables

Pumpkins are a symbol of fall and children love this orange fruit. From their bumpy outer shells to their pulpy insides, pumpkins offer numerous opportunities for investigating using all of the senses. They can be carved, cooked, touched, shaken, rolled, smelled, and tasted. Top the experience off with a yummy, unusual pumpkin treat.


pumpkin rhyme printables pumpkin coloring page pumpkin maze pumpkin lesson jack o lantern coloring

Jack-O-Happy rhyme

Preschool and Kindergarten Pumpkin Science Exploration 

Weigh Pumpkins
Provide a bathroom scale and pumpkins of different sizes. In a circle, let children pass the different pumpkins around. Is it heavy, light? Is it heavier than the previous one? Place the pumpkins in the middle of the circle. Have children estimate the weights of the pumpkins and write the number on the board. Weigh the pumpkins and compare their weights to their guesses. Place the scale and the pumpkin in a center for children to weigh the pumpkins again. Encourage children to compare their weights.

Pumpkin Sink or Float?
Fill a large tub with water. Have children guess if the pumpkin will sink or float. Drop the pumpkin into the water and observe if the pumpkin sinks or floats. Discuss why they think the pumpkin floats. Cut open a pumpkin to reveal how a pumpkin looks inside. 

Let children separate the different parts -- seeds, skin, and pulp.

Counting Pumpkin Seeds
Have children estimate how many seeds are in a pumpkin. Encourage children to create groups of 10. Then, count the seeds. Bake the pumpkin seeds for a yummy snack.

Life Cycle of a Pumpkin (printables available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library)
On large index cards draw the growth stages of a pumpkin or print out our pumpkin sequencing cards. Mix up the cards and let children take turns placing them in order.

Preschool Activities: 

Plant a Pumpkin
If you have a garden, let children plant and grow their own pumpkins. Make pictures of the different stages and discuss the pictures with children. Use them later for some sequencing activities. When the pumpkins are still small and green, let children carve their name and some designs with a nail on the pumpkin. As the pumpkin grows, the design and their name will get bigger.

Pumpkin Farm Field Trip
If possible, take your children on a field trip to visit a pumpkin farm. Let them choose a pumpkin and create and carve a Jack-O-Lantern together.

Preschool and Kindergarten Pumpkin Center Activities

Pumpkin Harvest (printables and activities available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library)
Print out our Pumpkin Harvest Mat. Count and place 20 orange pom-poms on the dots. Have children roll a die and pick the matching number of pumpkins from the pumpkin patch and place them inside a small basket. 

Pumpkin Patch counting mat and activity for preschool and kindergarten
Preschool Activities: 

Pumpkin Factory
Place a couple of pumpkins in your woodworking area or in an empty sand table. Provide safety goggles, small plastic hammers, and golf tees. Let children hammer the golf tees into the pumpkin. When the pumpkin falls apart, let children remove the inside and the seeds. Let children continue to use the tees to make the pieces even smaller. 

Pumpkins Crafts

Jack-O-Lantern Faces
Cut two pumpkin shapes out of orange craft paper. Make different noses, mouths, and eyes. Let children create some different facial features. Talk about the feelings of each Jack-O-Lantern. Recite the rhyme:

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Instruct children to make big circles around their heads using their arms.

This is Jack-O-Happy. (Children smile.)
This is Jack-O-Sad. (Children frown.)
This is Jack-O-Scared. (Children make frightened expression.)
This is Jack-O-Mad. (Children make angry expression.)
This is Jack-O-Silly. (Children make silly expression.)
This is Jack-O-Glad. (Children smile again.)

Jack-O-Lantern Snack

Jack-O-Lantern pizza
Spread pizza sauce on English muffin halves. Then sprinkle grated orange cheddar cheese on the top. Use black olive pieces to create Jack-O-Lantern pizzas. Place the muffin halves under the broiler until the cheese is melted.

Pumpkin Preschool Rhymes and Songs:

I'm a Little Pumpkin
~ adapted by KidsSoup
(Tune: I'm a Little Teapot)

I'm a little pumpkin,
orange and round.
I grow on a vine
from a seed in the ground.

When I get all grown up,
give me a face.
Put me outside,
in a very safe place.

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater

Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had a wife but couldn't keep her,
Put her in a pumpkin shell,
And there he kept her very well.


Pumpkin large
Pumpkin small
Pumpkin short
Pumpkin tall
Pumpkin orange
Pumpkin green
All are ready for Halloween!

Learn More about Pumpkins:
Pumpkin Patch - Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Pumpkins!

Pumpkin Carving 101


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