Learn about a pumpkin life cycle with these fun printable activity sheets! The life cycle of a pumpkin is such a fun activity to do in the fall! Pair it with these other pumpkin activities too.
LIFE CYCLE OF A PUMPKIN
Pumpkins are so much fun to incorporate into learning each fall! They’re perfect because they work great for general fall learning, Halloween learning, and even Thanksgiving learning!
Science with pumpkins can be so hands-on and kids love it. There are all kinds of projects you can do involving pumpkins in the fall, and each year we have a hard time choosing because we want to do them all!
WHAT IS THE LIFE CYCLE OF A PUMPKIN?
- Seed. First comes the seed. Plant a pumpkin seed in the ground and watch it grow!
- Sprout. Once the seed grows and grows it will change into a small sprout that will grow into a vine!
- Vine. Instead of growing tall, a pumpkin plant grows out! The vine will grow until it produces flower buds.
- Flower. When the vine is big enough it will bud and blossom into big yellow flowers! These will fall off and create little tiny pumpkin starts.
- Green Pumpkin. Before a pumpkin becomes orange, it starts off as green! When it ripens it turns orange.
- Fruit. When a pumpkin is ripe it will be big and usually orange. Once it’s ripe it’s ready to be picked and turned into pie, jack-o-lanterns and other fall decorations and foods!
Use the worksheets from this pack (free download below) to learn, label, and apply the stages of the life cycle of a pumpkin. Students can see the life cycle of a pumpkin, and then can cut and paste (and/or color!) them to the pumpkin life cycle worksheet!
ALSO CHECK OUT: Apple Life Cycle Activities
WHAT ARE THE PARTS OF A PUMPKIN?
- Vine. A vine is what the pumpkin grows on. Large parts of vine are what grow and hold the pumpkin itself, while smaller vines help to stabilize the plant as it grows.
- Stem. The stem is the small part of vine that’s still attached to the pumpkin after it’s been cut off the vine.
- Leaves. The leaves are elso left from the pumpkin vine and stay attached to the stem occasionally.
- Skin. The skin is the outer part of the pumpkin. The skin is smooth and tough to help protect the pumpkin fruit.
- Pulp. Inside a pumpkin you will find a thick, slimy substance called pulp! The pulp holds the seeds and is what we remove when we make jack o’lanterns!
- Seeds. Inside the pulp, you find the seeds! They’re large white, flat seeds that many people will separate from the pulp to cook and eat!
Use the worksheets to label the parts of a pumpkin. Students can cut and paste the parts of a pumpkin and place them in the appropriate places.
There’s also a full sheet of pumpkin facts you can send home with students or work together in class as a group! We love to do worksheets like this together as a group and watch students work together to find the answers.
PUMPKIN SCIENCE AND ART PROJECTS
Pumpkin Investigation. We love helping our little ones learn with their hands! These hands-on science experiments will help them experience a pumpkin from the inside out. Let each student investigate their pumpkin. We tested to see if they floated, compared our pumpkin sizes, wrote about how we would describe our pumpkins, and then cut it open and counted the seeds inside!
VARIATION. You could also do this activity as a group! Test to see if your pumpkin floats, cut it open and count the seeds together, and work together to find the right words to describe your pumpkin!
Make a Pumpkin. You can also have kids make their own pumpkin however they want! They can draw funny faces, scary faces, or whatever they feel like creating!
Paper Jack O’Lantern. There’s also a sheet they can use to color, cut, and paste on a face to a pumpkin to make their own paper jack o’lantern!
PUMPKIN LIFE CYCLE WORKSHEETS
Print and use these worksheets at home or in your classroom for some fun fall learning with pumpkins!
When you’re done you can make some real pumpkin slime using the pulp and seeds – kids love it!