Saturday, October 30, 2010

Days of Play--Pumpkin Fun

For children nation wide tomorrow night is the night where they get to dress in character and get candy for free. How's that for a recipe of punishment for parents fun?!?!

Spend today focusing on family with a little pumpkin fun.

Photo from Frontier Kitchen

If possible, go to a pumpkin patch (or the grocery store) and find a family pumpkin. Take it home and prepare for pumpkin fun.
  • Have your children guess how many seeds are inside.
  • Discuss how you will carve the pumpkin.
  • Read a pumpkin themed story.
Now, cut off the top.  Take out all the goo and seeds.  Count the seeds.  Whoever gets the closest gets a special treat.

Don't throw the seeds away!  Wash them and rid them from the stringy goo.  Put the seeds in a bowl with 1 cup of water and a LOT of salt.  Soak overnight.  On the 31st, put the seeds in a colander to drain the salt water.  Coat the seeds in a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt.  Put seeds on a lightly oiled cookie sheet.  Bake 350 degrees for 10-20 minutes--until golden and crunchy.  Want a recipe that doesn't have to soak over night?  Try these!

Carve your family pumpkin!

Now that your pumpkin is carved, spend some time on a cute pumpkin craft.  I loved this one!
Photo from A Little Tipsy
And of course if you haven't made these paper mache pumpkins, you should!

I hope you enjoy some quality family pumpkin time with your little pumpkins!


  1. 105 seeds inside Kelsey's pumpkin! They did a pumpkin craft at school the other day and she was excited to share that her pumpkin had 105 seeds :)


  2. Cute pumpkin crafts! We are carving our pumpkins tonight.


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