Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Living and Learning: The Pumpkin in the Jar

This week our story was a story from the Philippines: The Pumpkin in the Jar.  In the story a king meets a girl and challenges her to get a large pumpkin into a small jar.  A few months later she returns with a pumpkin inside the jar.  My kids were completely baffled as to how this could happen.  It took a lot of thinking to get to the idea of growing the pumpkin inside the jar.

To follow along with the pumpkin theme, we painted pumpkins using potato stamps, and painted faces on to make jack-o-lanterns.  This was a great exercise in recognizing emotion, and showing emotion on the faces.

As part of our seeds exploration, we explored the inside of pumpkins. There is nothing quite like the texture of the inside of a pumpkin.  We then cooked the pumpkin and made pumpkin mousse (sorry no photos).  This was a pumpkin from our children's garden, so Hadley and Finley were thrilled to use it.

The day of our first frost we collected the final pumpkins from the garden.  There is nothing like the bright orange of a pumpkin on a cold morning!

Other weekly stories and activities:
Golden Hair and the Three Bears

The City Mouse and The Country Mouse
Johnny and the Three Goats
3 Billy Goats Gruff
The Elves and the Shoemaker 
The Wasted Oak Leaf

Here are some great pumpkin links:
A Sweet Little Knit Pumpkin
This Pinterest Board has some great ideas
Felt Jack-o-lantern with changable face

I shared at Hip Homeschool Hop, Seasons of Joy
and Autumn Blog Hop


  1. Great activity! I'm really getting some good ideas for the future when we have kids :)

  2. You guys are having so much fun every week, love it!

  3. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun!!

  4. Looks like a wonderful little nature study!
    Thank you for linking up to Waldorf Wednesday. Hope to see you back this week!

  5. The kids must have loved it!!
    Here from the hop.

  6. I love the potato pumpkins. What a great idea. Please consider adding this post "Look! What We Did!" -Savannah


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