Let’s make pumpkin seed soup!

We just got back from our fall break and we are spending our first week back exploring lots of pumpkins in all kinds of ways. Of course one of our favorite things to do is to open up our pumpkins and explore what is inside of the pumpkin…

Pumpkin Seed Soup by Teach Preschool

I don’t know about your students but many (if not most) of my students were not big fans of sticking their hands inside the pumpkins to pull out all the guts. We had to gently coax them along and encouraged them to at least give it a try so we could save up all of our seeds and clean out the pumpkins. We heard lots of “yuck!” comments along the way…

Pumpkin Seed Soup by Teach Preschool

In the end, everyone was up for the challenge and did an amazing job overcoming the yuckies to pull out lots of seeds from all that yucky goo!

Pumpkin Seed Soup by Teach Preschool

I enjoy saving the seeds and giving the children opportunities to explore pumpkin seeds in lots of ways throughout the classroom. Some of the seeds I use are from the pumpkins we have cleaned out but I also buy a few bags of pumpkin seeds so I can get the play started from day one…

Pumpkin Seed Soup by Teach Preschool

This center was our pumpkin seed water play where the children pretend they are making pumpkin seed soup…

Pumpkin Seed Soup by Teach Preschool

The water table is filled with orange water and pumpkin seeds along with ladles, cups, and strainers for play…

Pumpkin Seed Soup by Teach Preschool

Like all of our centers, the children come and go from the water table throughout their time in the outdoor classroom. They pour, strain, pretend to cook, talk, and enjoy the experience of exploring the pumpkin seeds in water…

Pumpkin Seed Soup by Teach Preschool

And the children don’t mind sticking their hands in the pumpkin seed soup!

Pumpkin Seed Soup by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-10-28T00:41:09+00:00October 28th, 2014|

About the Author:

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. Anne-Marie November 9, 2014 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Even as an adult, I tend to squirm while cleaning out a pumpkin… but I’m sure the kids had a great time once they got over the initial feeling of slime… I’m wondering if you ever roasted the seeds for the kids? My son started eating them once he had roasted seeds at school – we love experimenting with flavors like garlic salt or even cinnamon.

  2. Brie December 9, 2014 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Hi There! This looks like a blast! I have been looking for jar strainers like the green ones in these photos. Where did you get these??

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