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!

By |2011-10-14T10:13:25+00:00October 14th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Ms. Jessi October 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    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. October 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      That would be great!

  2. Vicki Blacken October 15, 2011 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    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. October 15, 2011 at 11:53 pm - Reply

      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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