As the days grow shorter and the nights chillier, we find ourselves on the cusp of the pumpkin season, a time of warmth, vibrant colors, and of course, delightful pumpkin-themed activities for our young ones to indulge in. Pumpkins, with their rich hue and delightful shape, naturally spark curiosity and excitement in kids. The good news is that these gorgeous gourds are here to play a starring role in a myriad of fun activities that go beyond carving and decorating.
In our pumpkin activities round up, we’re ushering in the fall season with a fresh, playful perspective on how to have fun with pumpkins. From arts and crafts projects that will have little hands bustling with creativity, to sensory bins that immerse young learners in a world of textures and colors – we are spicing things up with a bit of pumpkin magic.
Imagine the delight in your child’s eyes as they embark on a pumpkin scavenger hunt or master the art of pumpkin painting with different mediums and tools. We have curated a list of activities that are designed to not just entertain, but also foster learning and skill development, all while having a hearty dose of fun. Let’s embrace the pumpkin season with a round-up of activities that promise to be the highlight of your fall festivities!
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Pumpkin Activities for Kids
This colour mixing pumpkin activity is a curiously fun and easy to set up fine motor skill activity for kids to try this Halloween.
Fizzy Pumpkin Science Experiment is a fun and easy fizzy science experiment for kids! This simple to set up STEM activity for Halloween.
Pumpkin Patch Letter Hunt Sensory Bag is a fun and easy fine motor letter recognition for toddlers and preschoolers for Fall.
Check out this super easy to make Pumpkin Guts Slime! The perfect Halloween sensory play idea for kids of all ages.
Make a spaghetti pumpkin cutting activity for your child and let them practice cutting the strands of colourful spaghetti this Halloween!
October is the perfect time to make homemade pumpkin spice playdough for your kids! It’s soft and squishy and smells just like pumpkin pie!
Pumpkin presents is an exciting fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Super simple to set up but a great activity for Halloween.
Pumpkin Pom Pom Push is a fun colour sorting and fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers. This is a fun activity to do this Halloween!
Pumpkin Pie anyone? Pumpkin Pie name recognition activity is a great way to learn and practice recognizing your name this Thanksgiving!
Pumpkin Letter Puzzles is a great way to practice letter recognition this Halloween and makes an easy DIY literacy activity for preschoolers!
Make pumpkin faces with Connetix Magnetic Tiles! This easy Halloween activity is a great way to help toddlers and preschoolers learn about emotions!
Mini pumpkin letter match is a fun letter recognition activity for toddlers and preschoolers that will keep them busy learning this Fall!
Love pumpkin activities? Set up this beautiful Fall activity for your toddler or preschooler! It’s a wonderful sensory exploration of pumpkins and flowers.
Set up this fun invitation to play using play dough and seasonal gourds and pumpkins. It’s an easy Halloween activity for toddlers or preschoolers.
Create a fun and easy early math shapes sticky wall for your toddler or preschooler this Halloween! It’s a wonderful way to practice shape recognition.
This is the easiest Fall STEM activity ever! All you need is cardboard tubes and mini pumpkins and seasonal gourds! Build, knock them down, repeat!
Pumpkin Counting is a fun and easy numeracy activity for Halloween. Let your toddler or preschooler practice counting using mini pumpkins!
Create a fun Autumn slime goop sensory bin for your little one using Gelli Baff! It’s easy to make, fun to play with and the clean up is simple!
This activity is good for toddlers aged children 3 years old and up with adult assistance.
The mess level for this activity is low.
Difficulty to Create
Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.
Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!
Play2Learn Toddler & Preschool Programs for Curious Toddlers
There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!
But as a teacher or parent that thirst for learning can be exhausting. That is why I created this toddler and preschooler program. To help you get the most out of this time with your curious toddler without having to come up with creative ways to play and interact with them.
Play2Learn for Toddlers includes 20 Units for toddlers. Each 2-week toddler unit has 20 super easy to set up and engaging activities for toddlers 18 months to 3 years.
Play2Learn Preschool which includes 20 Units for preschoolers. Each 2-week preschoolers unit has 20 unique and easy to set up and engaging activities for preschoolers 3 years to 5 years. That’s over 800 learning activities for your toddler and preschooler at your fingertips! So many ideas you and your child will never be bored again!
These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!
Click here for more information: Play2Learn
Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.
Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.
Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.
Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more.
Find out more and grab your copy here.
Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.
Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles tha. t show them how to think outside the box.
- 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
- Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
- Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.
Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!
Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.
TV Show: Curious Crafting
I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 aired in August 2023! My show was also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.
Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.
In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create.
Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.
This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up.
The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids
Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.
Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!
Shop our ready made play kits here.
Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.