DIY Pumpkin Puzzles

We have been exploring the outside and the inside of pumpkins all week long and along the way, I happened to notice that my younger preschoolers are particularly fascinated with putting the lids on and off the pumpkins that are sitting on this shelf. I have titled this post DIY  Pumpkin Puzzles because that is exactly what these are only I didn’t intend for them to be puzzles…

DIY pumpkin puzzles!

The pumpkins sitting on this shelf were prepared by my prekindergarten class yesterday. The prekindergarten children cleaned out small pumpkins as part of their exploration of the insides of a pumpkin. After the children left for the day, I finished making sure all the pumpkins were completely cleaned out and then set them on this shelf until the prekindergarten children can take them home this week…

DIY pumpkin puzzles!

But when my younger class of children came to preschool this morning, they were all about opening up each pumpkin that was on the shelf then trying to figure out how to put the lid back on…

DIY pumpkin puzzles!

I happened to also have another version of DIY Pumpkin Puzzles set up for the morning only we used this version for painting.. Perhaps next time I get in a pumpkin carving frenzy, I will intentionally add a few pumpkin puzzles for play…

DIY pumpkin puzzles!

The pumpkins I carved for painting didn’t seem to be as interesting when it comes to putting together a puzzle. Perhaps because I carved the pumpkin tops into simple basic shapes…

DIY pumpkin puzzles!

I think it was just that my students preferred trying to figure out how to put the more complex lids back on the pumpkins…

Pumpkin Puzzles

However, the children did find my DIY Pumpkin Basic Shape Paint containers interesting and everyone spent time at the table exploring the pumpkin painting process…

DIY pumpkin puzzles!

But my favorite discovery of the day was how much my students enjoyed the complexity of matching pumpkin lids to pumpkins and not the easy ones – but the hard ones that even I have trouble putting back on!

DIY pumpkin puzzles!

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By |2014-10-29T02:48:05+00:00October 29th, 2014|

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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. Laura October 29, 2014 at 10:07 am - Reply

    Oh I love that idea and I like when the children surprise you. I am really excited in two weeks I am going to start a job in a nursery with the 3-4 years old class. I am very nervous because it is my first job and it is in England ( I am from Spain and I just have experience in Spain doing internships during my degree ). I would like you to tell me some advices or something that can help me to be more confident and relaxed. Thank you very much 😉

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm - Reply

      Hi Laura,
      Once you get started, begin by getting to know the children. Focus on building a relationship with them and keep your ideas simple to begin. As you see what the children are like, what they know, what they are interested in and how the program as a whole runs, you will begin to find your way. Be patient and confidence will come your way:) My very best to you as you start your new job!!

  2. Laura October 29, 2014 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah I don’t know but I can’t read the comments in any page 🙁

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 31, 2014 at 9:13 am - Reply

      I can’t figure out how to fix the comments! I can only see them in my admin dashboard and can’t see them on the blog either!

  3. Rhythm October 29, 2014 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    haha! you underestimated your little ones!! What fun!

  4. Anne-Marie November 9, 2014 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Isn’t it funny how kids make their own learning experiences – I love that about their little minds as they crave to explore the things we as adults have just come to accept. As clever as your lessons are, I’m sure you feel like you learn as much from them as they do from you!

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