The Nature Book Club theme for October is Gourds, Squash, & Pumpkins. We are doing a week-long pumpkin unit study, going to a pumpkin patch, and making pumpkin slime this month!
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- Pumpkins are a member of the gourd family and are fruit.
- Pumpkins are usually orange but can also be white, green, yellow, and red.
- Pumpkins have thick shells which contain seeds and pulp.
Learn about the anatomy of a Pumpkin
Book Choices for Your Unit Study
There are so many great book choices for the Nature Book Club theme this month, it was hard to pick just one. We chose a book by Gail Gibbons called The Pumpkin Book as the spine of our unit study. We just love Gail Gibbons books!
Depending on how many activities you choose and how many days per week you work on the activities, you could complete this free pumpkin unit study in one week or spread it out for two or three weeks.
Science Experiments, STEM, and Sensory Play Ideas
Discover how a pumpkin changes as it grows with these Life Cycle of A Pumpkin Printables & Worksheets.
Elementary: Pumpkin Life Cycle Worksheets
Field Trip Ideas
It has been a few years since our last pumpkin farm visit, so I absolutely want to include a trip to a local pumpkin farm in our pumpkin unit study.
Or you could just take a trip to the grocery store to bring home a few pumpkins for your experiments and activities.
Arts & Crafts
Create this cute Pumpkin Bird Feeder
Don’t forget to do a little pumpkin carving, here is a great list of pumpkin stencils.
Just need a coloring page to keep little hands busy during a read-aloud time, check out these coloring pages that have been gathered by The Spruce Crafts. And here are some coloring pages for the older kids.
Pumpkin Unit Study + Pumpkin Slime Recipe from Jenny at Faith & Good Works
Online Book Club from Dachelle at Hide the Chocolate
Squash Prints from Cassidy at Freshly Painted
Pumpkins & Squashes: Creatively Fun Homeschool Lessons & Activities from Sharla at Minnesota Country Girl
Pumpkin Life Cycle from Karyn at Teach Beside Me
Check out the themes for the upcoming months with Nature Book Club