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!
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.
Find a busted pumpkin and look at the seeds!
Take time to look at the vines.
Look for any remaining flowers or little baby pumpkins!
And all the different types of adult pumpkins!
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!
Observe the natural autumn art!
Pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes.
Many farms also plant gourds with their pumpkin plants which makes the fields beautiful mixture of oddly shaped fruits!
Look at all the wonderful colors and textures that nature provides!
Continue the fun with these 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 at the bottom of the blog!
At home pumpkin fun.
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!