Pumpkin Fun

Today we carved our pumpkin! Like all homeschoolers, we believe every moment is a learning opportunity, so you know we didn’t just carve a jack o’lantern and leave it at that. We turned it into it a full on investigation!

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We put on our costumes, measured & weighed our pumpkin (before and after carving!), discovered whether pumpkins float or sink (and why), explored the parts of a pumpkin, designed and carved a spooky face (okay, Dad carved it), baked a yummy snack from the seeds, and even learned about the life cycle of pumpkins. It was a ton of fun and super easy for Mom to set up! Would you believe that Bean was only a pound off from her estimate of the weight and Jack was very close on his guess of the circumference?

Do you roast pumpkin seeds when you carve your jack o’lanterns? You should! It’s easy and delicious! You can make them sweet, salty, or spicy! Below we’re sharing a basic salty recipe, but have fun! Garlic parmesan, cinnamon and sugar, chili lime- the possibilities are endless. Mmmm, crispy goodness.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

While carving your pumpkin save the innards! You’ll need to separate the seeds from the strings (fun in an ooey gooey kind of way!) and rinse them with cold water. Pat dry with a paper towel or flour sack kitchen towel.

  • Pumpkin Seeds, cleaned
  • 2 Tbsp Butter, melted (or olive oil)
  •  1 tsp Sea Salt  (or seasoning of choice)
  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees
  2. Toss seeds with butter & seasoning
  3. Spread in single layer on cookie sheet
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes
  5. Let cool completely and ENJOY!

 

We’d love to hear from you! Tell us your favorite fall learning activities in the comments below!

 

Tomorrow we visit the spooky House of Mystery, located in the Oregon Vortex. We’ll also stop by the neighboring cemetery, said to be haunted! Stay tuned to see  what mysteries we uncover and whether we encounter any ghosts! 

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