Have you ever bought a set of gourds to decorate your table or classroom and wondered what is inside the gourd? Well our class decided to find out first hand at our discovery table…

In advance, I had cut a few gourds of different shapes and colors and set them out on the discovery table for the children to explore. I put the gourds back together so they would look like whole gourds when the children first found them.  I will tell you, cutting a gourd is no easy task – it takes a little muscle!

Before the children headed out to our discovery table, I shared a couple of unopened gourds with the children during circletime.  I asked the children to tell me what they thought might be inside a gourd to kick off our scientific discovery…

The children used tweezers and scissors and magnifying glasses to pick apart the insides of the gourds as part of their examination…

Some of the children described the gourds as smelly as they picked out the seeds and dropped them in the magnifying cups…

A simple set up with lots of opportunity to explore and discover the answers to our question. So did you know what the insides of a gourd looks like?