Pumpkin patch scavenger hunt in preschool

Pumpkin patch scavenger hunt in preschool

I would have loved to take my class out to the pumpkin patch but since this wasn’t something I was able to do, I decided to bring the pumpkin patch to the children instead…

I keep this large sheet of cardboard for making different scenes. I just paint over it when I want to create something new. Last time I used it for our Outdoor Cafe. To go with the pumpkin patch, I added a few pumpkins and gourds and a small bale of hay….

The children went on a pumpkin scavenger hunt, much like the leaf scavenger hunt we took the other day….

The children also “picked” a pumpkin from the patch to take home.  Our take-home pumpkins were really foam pumpkin shapes on a stick (I bought packages of foam pumpkin shapes from the Dollar Store)….

Some of our students thought it would be fun to have a pumpkin puppet show with their foam pumpkins…

It happened to rain on our pumpkin patch today as well – so we didn’t get to explore our pumpkin patch for very long but with the rain, it seemed almost like a day at a real pumpkin patch!


  • Ms. Jessi Posted October 14, 2011 1:19 pm

    How sweet, Deborah! I’m in the middle of doing a post on our pumpkin patch field trip, I’ll add your link for those who want to bring the patch to school (or home)! 🙂

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 14, 2011 1:21 pm

    That would be great!

  • Vicki Blacken Posted October 15, 2011 6:26 pm

    What a great idea! We’ve built a cardboard castle for our school, and the children are having a ball playing in it. When we’re finished with it, we could just paint over it to change it into something new, like your pumpkin backdrop. I was going to toss it into the recycling bin, but you’ve inspired me to try my hand at painting a pumpkin patch! Thanks so much.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 15, 2011 11:53 pm

    I use my cardboard wall for as many different backgrounds as I can then toss it for a new one. This time, I left it out in the rain so I think I have to break down and go find me a new wall:)

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