Using Pumpkins for School

I am seeing pumpkins for sale in the store so why not buy a couple and use them to teach?

Math-

Estimation– How much do you think your pumpkin weighs? How many seeds in one large handful would you estimate there to be? If you feel like counting all of them, 🙂 then how many do you think there are in the inside of the pumpkin? How close were you in estimating?

Science- Study the life cycle of a pumpkin. Seed->Seedling-> Plant-> Flowers->Pumpkin You can have your child draw a picture of each stage by looking at pictures of the internet or watching a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB-dfi_0TsQ

There are lots of printables for sequencing the growth of the plant. I found this free printable that you can use for younger and older students. https://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2013/10/free-printable-montessori-life-cycle-pumpkin.html

Health- Did you know that pumpkin seeds are healthy for you? Here is a recipe for you that your son/daughter can help you with:

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika, optional
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (177ÂşC).
  • Wash pumpkin seeds in a colander to remove the pulp and fibers. Thoroughly dry with a towel.
  • In a small bowl combine pumpkin seeds, olive oil, salt, garlic powder, paprika (if using), and black pepper.
  • Lightly grease a sheet pan with olive oil. Evenly spread the seasoned pumpkin seeds on the sheet pan.
  • Bake until the seeds are toasted and crunchy, about 12 to 15 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes for even toasting, and check for doneness with each stir by tasting a seed for crunchiness.
  • Transfer the roasted pumpkin seeds to a bowl to cool down.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

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