The Best Pumpkin Math Activities for Grades K-3

What’s round and orange and helps you teach math? Pumpkins!

Pumpkin Math

Fall is the perfect time to introduce seasonal hands-on activities that support learning new math concepts. For inspiration, look no further than your local pumpkin patch. Kids will love these ten fun pumpkin math activities that explore the concepts of measurement, counting, operations, shapes, graphing and more!

1. How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

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SOURCE: Mr. Elementary Math

This engaging lesson from Mr. Elementary Math starts with a read-aloud of How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara as the perfect set up for an introduction to math concepts of estimation, skip counting, operations and graphing.

 

2. Pumpkin Jumble Game

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SOURCE: Mathwire

Using the key on the template, students toss a die to create a jack-o-lantern face from pattern blocks. The first person to complete his/her jack-o-lantern wins the game. This fun game builds cooperative play skills as well as familiarity with geometric shapes.

 

3. Measuring Pumpkins

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Source: Little Bins for Little Hands

This lesson begins, “Pumpkins really do make awesome tools for hands-on learning.” And do they ever with this lesson which tackles math skills of making predictions, circumference, measurement of height and weight, as well as data collection. 

 

4. You Sank My…Pumpkin?

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Source: Mathwire

Your students will love this Pumpkin Farm Game that, like the game Battleship, helps students practice the math concept of plot coordinates. Students place twelve pumpkins on their grid and take turns guessing the location of their partner’s pumpkins.

 

5. Pumpkin Geo-Board

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SOURCE: Fun-A-Day

Students love working with geo boards. Why not take advantage of the perfect work surface to let them explore shapes? All you need is a collection of firm pumpkins, push pins and rubber bands.

 

6. Jack-O-Lantern Symmetry

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SOURCE: Mathwire

This hands-on creative activity teaches students about the concept of symmetry.  By folding papers in half and cutting out designs for their pumpkin shape, eyes, nose, and mouth, they will create their very own original Jack-o-Lantern.

 

 7. Big Numbers

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SOURCE: Education World  

Word problems are always a tricky concept to teach and learn. This lesson uses pictures of record-setting pumpkins as the starting point for talking about how to create and solve word problems. It includes a helpful worksheet that helps students pick out key words and get organized before solving.

 

8. One to One Correspondence

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SOURCE: Alenasani

Many young children have memorized the number words in the proper order, but sometimes do not yet understand the concept of one-to-one correspondence. For example, they might say “1,2,3,4,5″ but skip an object. Or, they count an object twice. These Montessori pumpkin activity trays can help your students practice their counting skills by using tweezers to count out pumpkin seeds as they fill up the tray. 

 

9. Pumpkin Concentration

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SOURCE: Stella 123

What kid doesn’t love the game of Concentration? This version uses our favorite October fruit (yep, the pumpkin is a fruit!) to match cards with pictures of seeds and cards with the corresponding numerals.

 

10. Pumpkin Seed Math Mat

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SOURCE: Mathwire

This seasonal mat uses two different size pumpkins to model addition problems. Using dice, pumpkin seeds and the mat, students will write and solve their own number sentences.

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Do you have a favorite pumpkin math activity you like to use in your classroom? Add it to the comments below!

 

 

Elizabeth Mulvahill

Posted by Elizabeth Mulvahill

Elizabeth Mulvahill is a Writer/ Editor for WeAreTeachers and a certified Elementary Teacher.