Love fall and pumpkins? You’ll love this list of pumpkin science and pumpkin experiments that teach a variety of scientific concepts to kids.
These pumpkin activities bridge the gap between art and science and help encourage even the most dedicated science-hater into becoming a true scientific explorer!
Keep reading to learn how to do your own pumpkin science activities!
WHY DO PUMPKIN SCIENCE ACTIVITIES?
Classic science experimetns are a lot of fun, but adding a seasonal twist makes each experiment even more fun. During the fall, pumpkins are everywhere, making them the perfect subject for fall science experiments!
Even kids who are not normally interested in science will love conducing these hands-on experiments with pumpkins.
There is so much to learn with pumpkins!
After you’re finished with pumpkin science experiments, try our collection of Thanksgiving STEM activities!
WHAT CAN KIDS LEARN WITH PUMPKIN SCIENCE?
Kids can learn a lot completing these pumpkin science experiments. There is more to learn in a pumpkin than you might think!
Children learn about chemical reactions while making a pumpkin volcano.
When making a pumkin density column, kids learn about liquid density and the density of pumpkin parts.
In the salt crystal pumpkin experiment, kids learn about ionic bonds, evaporation, over-saturation, and disolving.
When making pumpkin guts slime, kids learn about polymer chains and molecular bonds.
Studying a rotting pumpkin will teach kids about mold, decomposition of matter, and the life cycle of a pumpkin.
With a pumpkin investigation, kids learn about the biology of pumpkins.
When making a pumpkin garden, kids learn about the life cycle of plants.
In the magic pumpkin experiment, kids can learn about states of matter.
Kids learn about dissolving and solutions in the dissolving candy pumpkins experiment.
And in the pumpkin growing experiment, kids learn about what helps a pumpkin grow the best.
WHAT TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR PUMPKIN SCIENCE LESSONS
Every science experiments should include all parts of the scientific method to be a true science experiment, rather than just a demonstration. Science demonstrations are a fun way to introduce a concept, but children should go through the scientific process on their own after watching the demonstration. The more variables and tests children run the better!
Your science experiments should include:
- Question or hypothesis
- Recording of results
- Re-testing if necessary
Including these science elements will make every science experiment full of learning, critical thinking, logic, and fun!
Use our science experiment worksheet to get started recording the information from your pumpkin science activities.
THE COMPLETE LIST OF PUMPKIN SCIENCE ACTIVITIES
This list of pumpkin experiments will help kids learn about chemistry, biology, physics, properties of matter, states of liquid, density, and a whole lot more!
Try the experiments one at a time, or do several in one day for a pumpkin science pallooza!
Pumpkin Guts Slime (Little Bins for Little Hands)
The Science of Rotting Pumpkin (Little Bins for Little Hands)
Pumpkin Investigations Science (Coffee Cups and Crayons)
Pumpkin Gardens (Life with Moore Babies)
Magic Pumpkin Experiment (Playdough to Plato)
Dissolving Candy Pumpkins (Lemon Lime Adventures)
Pumpkin Growing Experiment (Thriving STEM)