41 Kids Activities with Real Pumpkins

This roundup of pumpkin activities includes science experiments, games, delicious foods, and much more. Enjoy these awesome activities with real pumpkins that are fun for the whole family.

Pumpkin activities to do with kids of all ages

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Pumpkins pop up everywhere during the fall season: in backyard gardens, in farmer's markets and in the produce section of the grocery store.

Kids can hardly wait to carve them into jack-o-lanterns with silly or spooky faces.

Pumpkins harvested in the fall can be made into fun things like jack-o-lanterns, creative things like sparkly pumpkins, scientific things like volcanoes, and delicious things like muffins and cookies!

Related: Harvest Theme


Pumpkin activities

The activities in this roundup show how versatile the much-loved pumpkin can be.

For your convenience, the activities are sorted into five categories:

  • science
  • games and activities
  • sensory
  • art
  • cooking with kids  

Hands-on experiences are fluid in nature so many of the activities overlap categories.

Browse the content to see what fun you can have with real pumpkins today!



 Science with pumpkins for kids


Growing pumpkins / Megan Zeni

Catapult  / Preschool Powol Packets

Density lab / Schooling a Monkey

Rolling pumpkins / Little Bins for Little Hands

Inside the pumpkin / A Dab of Glue Will Do

Geoboard / Fun-A-Day

Mini volcano / Little Bins for Little Hands

Sink or float / Preschool Powol Packets

Counting pumpkin seeds / Babies to Bookworms

Estimating number of seeds / Math Geek Mama

Sink or float seeds / There's Just One Mommy

Volcano / Natural Beach Living

Bubble science / Preschool Powol Packets

Life cycle books / Megan Zeni


Games and Activities

Pumpkin games and activities for kids


Train tunnel / Preschool Powol Packets

Seed shape mats / Fantastic Fun and Learning

Scavenger hunt / Teaching Ideas

Pumpkin activities / Schooling a Monkey

Washing pumpkins / Natural Beach Living

Railroad activity / Play Trains

Name game / Fantastic Fun and Learning

Pumpkin gospel / Everyday Graces

Hammering nails / There's Just One Mommy


Sensory Play

Sensory play with pumpkins kids activities


Slime / Little Bins for Little Hands

Goop / 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Squishy bag / Fantastic Fun and Learning

Sensory walk / Teaching Ideas


 Arts and Crafts

Pumpkin arts and crafts activities for kids


Sparkly no-carve pumpkins / Pink Stripey Socks

Batty design pumpkins / Mother Natured

Rolling art / Fantastic Fun and Learning

Stamps painting activity / Little Sprouts Learning

Hardware design pumpkins / Pink Stripey Socks

Mini pumpkin prints / What Do We Do All Day

Collage art activity / Fun Learning for Kids

Glitter no-carve pumpkins / Crafty Moms Share

Pumpkin seed art / 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Painting with pumpkin pieces / Preschool Toolkit



 Cooking with pumpkin fall activities for the family


Pumpkin and blueberry muffins / Crafty Moms Share

Pumpkin pie / Little Sprouts Learning 

Pumpkin and banana muffins / Crafty Moms Share

Cookies with pumpkin puree / Little Sprouts Learning



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