Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pumpkin Dissection

Pumpkin season is upon us.  The children love reading books about pumpkins and are quite interested in how you can carve them to make Jack O'Lanterns.  We have introduced washing a pumpkin this week and the children liked to wash the dirt off various pumpkins.  We decided to dissect a pumpkin and look at the insides. 
The children were very interested in the innards.  We discussed the fibrous strands, seeds and flesh.  We asked for observations.  Some children commented on the smell of the pumpkin and others commented on the sticky strands. 
We gave the children a chance to scoop out the seeds so we can bake them and have as a snack. Some children were so interested they made a "Parts of a Pumpkin" book.

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