This year the pumpkin patch went just a bit crazy. We’ve had fun watching them grow over the summer. In checking over the weekend I found that about half the pumpkins had unexpected rotten spots. Those got left for the wildlife and the rest I harvested. They look nice lined up on the side porch where hopefully they will cure and be ready for passing out in Oct.
However, one had a couple of worms in the stem, so I decided it would be fun to explore it today before it rotted. What’s a little more heat in the kitchen on this steamy morning.
We’ll end up with roasted chunks for eating, puree for later use in soups and baked goods, and the best……roasted, slightly salted seeds for snacking!
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Top that off with all the spontaneous learning:
- pumpkin life cycle
- size comparison
- sensory exploration
- language development – huge, smooth, bumpy, sticky, wet……
- “P” and sound – other “P” words
- fine motor
- plant needs and parts
- team work/cooperation
- developing attention span
- problem solving