By: Andrea Dillon
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I love fall!
I think it might be my favorite season or at least a close tie with winter. I love the beautiful autumn colors, the pumpkins that appear everywhere, and the anticipation of the upcoming holidays.
To kick off the autumn festivities, we always start with a trip to our local pumpkin patch! Visiting the pumpkin patch is our favorite fall family activity. Our trip is more than just pumpkin picking though. I love to make a day out of our trip. We enjoy all the festivities that are available at the local pumpkin patch and also turn it into a learning experience! Check out some of the ways we use fall pumpkin fun for homeschooling below.
|The Life Cycle Of A Pumpkin!||What Is That Bug?||Observe The Natural Autumn Art|
|Pumpkin Patch Printables||At Home Pumpkin Fun|
Pumpkin Patch: The Life Cycle Of A Pumpkin!
As you are walking around the patch looking for your perfect pumpkin, talk about the life-cycle of the pumpkin.
Take time to look at the vines.
Look for any remaining flowers or little baby pumpkins!
And all the different types of adult pumpkins!
Check out these additional external resources on the pumpkin life cycle:
123Homeschool4Me has great Free printable pumpkin life cycle worksheets available to help you teach your homeschoolers about the pumpkin life cycle.
Watch this time-lapse of a pumpkin growing.
Read these pumpkin life cycle books!
Pumpkin Patch: What Is That Bug?
Observe the insects that are hanging out in the field and look for some of the common problem insects that like to eat the pumpkins. If you get a chance, talk to the farmers about how they try to protect their pumpkins from these hungry bugs.
Our pumpkin patch releases native ladybugs to help control the aphids. Ladybugs also help combat cucumber beetles by eating their eggs. We found some shed from the ladybug larva on a pumpkin stem!
Below are some cucumber beetles on a pumpkin!
Pumpkin Patch: Observe The Natural Autumn Art
Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes.
At many farms, you can find gourds with their pumpkin plants which makes the fields a beautiful mixture of oddly shaped fruits!
Look at all the wonderful colors and textures that nature provides!
Fun books to read about different things you might see in the pumpkin patch:
Pumpkin Patch Printables
I decided to change how we experience our pumpkin farm this year with a game of pumpkin patch bingo. I made 4 different bingo cards plus a blank one to write in your own pumpkin patch items.
I also wanted to make something fun for the older kids so I created a photo scavenger hunt. Find all the items on the list and snap a pic! Not only will you and your child get to have a full fall fun experience but you will also have some neat photos to remember the day!
Grab your free photo scavenger hunt printable and bingo cards below!
Pumpkin Patch: At Home Pumpkin Fun
Try some of these pumpkin decorating ideas:
Other fun pumpkin ideas to try:
So get fall started and have some fun! What are some of your family’s favorite fall activities and traditions? Let me know in the comments below!
Want more Fall and Halloween Fun? Check out these other A2Z resources at the link below!