If you’re looking for what will spark a child’s love of fall, these pumpkin facts for kids are the perfect start. Whether they noticed the seasons change or enjoyed a fall book, your child or class is probably super curious about all things autumn.
Add these pumpkin facts to a pumpkin sensory activity, a circle time, or along with a pumpkin children’s book.
Pumpkin Facts for Kids
Pumpkins are a fruit.
Pumpkins belong to the gourd family, along with cucumbers and melons.
Pumpkins are not just orange. They can also be white, blue, yellow, green, and red.
There are over 100 kinds of pumpkins.
Pumpkins grow from flowers. Before becoming the iconic orange fruit, pumpkins first bloom from vibrant yellow flowers. These blossoms play a crucial role in the pumpkin’s life cycle, eventually transforming into the beloved symbol of autumn we all know and love.
Pumpkins are nearly 90% water. Pumpkins are not just a symbol of autumn; they are also incredibly hydrating! Containing a whopping 90% water, pumpkins are a healthy and hydrating food.
Indigenous people of America have grown pumpkins for thousands of years.
Have you ever wondered how many seeds hide inside a pumpkin? On average, a single pumpkin contains around 500 seeds!
Pumpkin seeds you can buy in the grocery are usually called pepitas.
The shell of pumpkin seeds is white; the inside seed is green.
One giant pumpkin was 2,603 pounds! That’s the weight of a small car.
Pumpkins are incredibly versatile in the kitchen! They can be transformed into mouthwatering pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin dip, pumpkin cake, pumpkin cookies, and countless other culinary delights.
You can eat all parts of the pumpkin: leaves, stem, seeds, skin, pulp, and flowers.
Pumpkin spice is cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice. This mixture is “pumpkin pie spice.”
Pumpkins have a magical connection to the beloved tale of Cinderella. But did you know a real-life pumpkin variety named after her? The Cinderella pumpkin, with a flat, wide shape and vibrant orange color, brings a touch of fairytale wonder to autumn.
More Autumn Ideas
From the autumn season to spiders, fall facts instill a sense of wonder in children. I hope you found a pumpkin fact or two perfect for sharing during pumpkin carving, pumpkin pulp sensory, or a pumpkin story book.
Looking for more ideas? Discover more fall activities at Tiny Bit of Play.