- Pumpkins are usually orange but can sometimes be yellow, white, green or red.
- The name pumpkin comes from the Greek word ‘pepon’, meaning ‘large melon’.
- Pumpkins are usually shaped like a sphere (ball).
- They vary in weight but an average sized pumpkin might weigh around 13 pounds.
- Giant pumpkins can be grown for competitions, with some weighing over 1000 pounds! In 2010, the world record was 1810 pounds! That’s huge!!
- Pumpkin plants feature both male and female flowers, with bees typically being involved in pollination (the transfer of pollen).
- Over 1 billion pounds of pumpkin are produced in the United States every year.
- As a food, pumpkin can be baked, roasted, steamed or boiled.
- Pumpkin soup is popular, as are roasted pumpkin seeds.
- Pumpkin pie is a sweet dessert that originates in North America and is traditionally eaten during harvest time and holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
To help celebrate fall's favorite fruit, check out this list of pumpkin themed lessons and activities for all age groups.
Pumpkin Themed Unit
Pumpkin Themed Week of Lesson Plans
Pumpkin Investigation Tray
Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Craft
Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Pack
Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Booklet
Pumpkin Decomposition Experiment
How-To Carve a Pumpkin Writing Activity
Pumpkin Writing and Math Activities
The Chemistry of Pumpkins Chart
The Cost of a Pumpkin Algebra Lesson