We haven’t carved a pumpkin in years. I forgot how much fun it can be. It was a great family project for a sunny, fall afternoon.
Taking the “guts” out of the pumpkin allowed the kids to see the seeds and the thickness of the flesh of the pumpkin.
The kids chose to carve the traditional orange pumpkins, but I couldn’t resist this white pumpkin variety. We wondered what differences we might see on the inside of the white pumpkin since both varieties look similar on the outside, except for their color.
When we opened up the white pumpkin and immediately noticed the difference in color. This white pumpkin had a light yellow flesh with white fibrous strands and seeds. The seeds themselves were different from those of the orange pumpkin.
The seed of the orange pumpkin on the left is slightly beige in color and smooth. The seed of the white pumpkin on the right is white, larger than the orange pumpkin seed, and is kind of fuzzy.
Side by side you can see how much thicker the flesh of the white pumpkin is compared to the orange.
Both varieties of pumpkins made great jack-o-lanterns.
Pumpkin Unit Study Resources
My plan was to write up a pumpkin unit study to take advantage of the season and the kids’ interest in our pumpkin carving day. However, as I was researching, I found my friends have already put together great pumpkin study resources.
FREE Pumpkin Unit Study – MeetPenny.com – lesson plans and downloads
FREE Pumpkin Math Printable - Educating Laytons
Pumpkin Lapbook – only $1 from Homeschool Bits and CurrClick.com
Lots of Pumpkin study resources – CurrClick.com
- Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
- Pumpkins are fruit.
- Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.
- In colonial times, Native Americans roasted long strips of pumpkin in an open fire.
- Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.
Have you carved a pumpkin yet this fall? Don’t miss out on this fun science experience.
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