It’s the season for pumpkin books, pumpkin STEM activities, and pumpkin science experiments! One of the things I love the most about fall besides the cider and pumpkin muffins is bringing out all our fun pumpkin science and STEM books! Favorite pumpkin books pair perfectly with fun fall activities. Check out these early elementary and preschool pumpkin books and science activities that young kids will have so much fun trying!


Pumpkin Science and STEM book activities for kids fall STEM ideas

Below you will find some fun ideas for STEM activities to pair with your favorite pumpkin book.  We have listed simple pumpkin activities that you can easily do at home or with a group of kids.

There are lots of ways to incorporate STEM projects or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills with a preschool literacy activity. These simple pumpkin STEM challenges below will get kids thinking and doing STEM this fall!


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1. Five Little Pumpkins

Book: Roll along with the pumpkins and their spooky friends as they get into some spirited Halloween fun.  Has fun rhyming verses!

Project: Can you make a fence for your 5 little pumpkins? Check out our Five Little Pumpkins STEM Challenge!

Five Little Pumpkins STEM Challenge and Book Play

2. The Legend of Spookley The Square Pumpkin

Book: One day in the pumpkin patch the strangest little pumpkin hatched… Spookley the Pumpkin was different. All the other pumpkins teased him until Spookley proved that being different can save the day!

Project: How can you design and build a square pumpkin-like Spookley? Check out our LEGO Spookley and Friends activity.

LEGO Spookley Pumpkin STEM Activity

3.  How Many Seeds In A Pumpkin?

Book: Mr. Tiffin and his students explore skip counting and estimation in a fun pumpkin-themed classroom experiment!

Project: Clean out a pumpkin and dry the pumpkin seeds. Put the pumpkin seeds in a jar and practice your estimation skills or count them all.

Clean out two different size pumpkins and see if they have more or fewer seeds. Do different pumpkin varieties have different amounts of seeds?

Make a batch of pumpkin playdough and combine sensory play with simple counting activities.

4.  How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? 

Book: Every year, giant pumpkin contests take place at fairs across the country. But what’s next? Why not think really big? Award-winning artist Wendell Minor does just that as he imagines larger-than-life pumpkins decorating some of America’s favorite places—as immense as the Capitol dome, Mount Rushmore, the Brooklyn Bridge, even the Grand Canyon!

Project: Measure pumpkins at the pumpkin patch. Bring a soft tape measure or a piece of string and a regular tape measure to measure the diameter of different size pumpkins. Learn a little bit about diameter and radius too!

Try these simple pumpkin activities for preschoolers to learn more about how a pumpkin grows.

Try these Pumpkin Math Activities with free pumpkin worksheets.

Set up a Pumpkin Investigation Tray to explore parts of a pumpkin.

Create a Pumpkin Squish Bag for some non-messy pumpkin investigation.

Pumpkin Activities For Preschool sink float measure sensory weighing

5.  The Roll Away Pumpkin

Book: On a windy autumn day, Marla Little comes running down the hill, yelling, “Help! My giant pumpkin is rolling away! Onward it goes, rolling and turning, with no sign of stopping!

Project: Try rolling pumpkins and set up your own pumpkin races using ramps to explore physics.

Check out our apple version too!

Rolling Pumpkins Science Ramps Activity for Fall Physics

6. Pumpkin Jack

Book: The first pumpkin Tim ever carved was fierce and funny, and he named it Jack. When Halloween was over and the pumpkin was beginning to rot, Tim set it out in the garden and throughout the weeks he watched it change.

Project: Make your own Pumpkin Jack! Carve a pumpkin and let it rot. Investigate what happens!

Pumpkin Jack Life Cycle Science Fall Book Activity

7. 10 Orange Pumpkins

Book: From a sneaky spider to a ghostly chef to a sly mummy and crafty witch, join your favorite spooky creatures as ten orange pumpkins disappear in a countdown to a Halloween surprise.

Project: Stack pumpkins 10 tall! What can you use for pumpkins? Mini pumpkins, cut up pool noodles, bottle caps? Make your own pumpkins and practice counting skills.  Check out our apple stacking activity!

Use a classic pumpkin candy or chunks of pumpkin with toothpicks to build structures.


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Pumpkin Science Experiments and Activities for Fall STEM

Looking for easy to print activities, and inexpensive problem-based challenges? 

We have you covered…

—>>> FREE Pumpkin STEM Activities