Pumpkins here. Pumpkins there. Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! It seems like the perfect time to do a little research about pumpkins. Did you know that a pumpkin is a type of squash and is actually a fruit because it has seeds?
There are plenty of sites on the internet about pumpkins. One I really enjoyed visiting is on kidskonnect.com. There are lots of interesting pumpkin facts all presented in a kid-friendly format. There are also worksheets and coloring pages that can be downloaded.
Take a look at some of the pumpkin facts from this site.
- Pumpkins originated in Mexico. They are recorded to have been found in Mexico around 7,000-5,500 BC.
- The pumpkin capital of the world is Morton, Illinois which produces about 80% of the world’s canned pumpkin.
- All parts of the pumpkin can be eaten: the skin, flowers, seeds, pulp, leaves and stem!
- Canned pumpkin is high in fiber and can be fed to dogs and cats to aid in digestion.
- An average- sized pumpkin weighs about 13 pounds, but pumpkins can be grown to giant sizes as big as 1,000 pounds!
There are more facts and great kid’s activities on this site. Click here to check it out.
There are also some good videos about pumpkins that you and your children would enjoy watching. The first one is called Pumpkin Facts for Kids, but can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. Click here to view it.
Another video is a pumpkin growth time-lapse starting with the planting of the seed and ending with the pumpkin’s harvest. It is an amazing video! Click here to access this video.
– Becky Lynn is a writer for EllisDownHome.com. She and her husband Bob enjoy spending time with their 8 grandchildren and traveling. Becky loves cranking up the music and heading to the kitchen to try out new recipes or cook for an upcoming party. She is passionate about continuing to be a life-long learner!