Enjoying learning about the life cycle of different kinds of living things? Well, I’ve got a fun printable activity set that is all about the life cycle of a pumpkin!
Playdough Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Printables
I think it’s super fascinating to see the process a living through goes through from beginning to end. A lot of living things go through similar processes but some have completely different phases or processes that just don’t seem familiar to us.
When it comes to plants that produce edible fruits and vegetables, I love seeing the process! It helps so much if I ever decide to try to plant one of them.
And I think the effect would be great for kids, too. In fact, I try to look up life cycle resources for any plants we put into our garden. They’ll be much more invested as they see it happen in front of their eyes.
Not to mention, they’re actually be able to help identify when the fruit of vegetable is growing.
But sometimes it’s not enough to just read about the life cycle or see pictures of the life cycle. And that’s where a more hands-on activity can come in handy.
This playdough set is great for getting kids involved in the activity without actually going outside and digging in the dirt (and waiting for many weeks). Not that there isn’t value in digging in the dirt – there absolutely is! But it’s not always the right time of year to plant pumpkins.
Whenever I want a great non-fiction book for my kids, I look to see if Gail Gibbons has something available first. Her books are so informative without being dry or boring.
The illustrations are always on point without being too cutesy or cartoony.
And she has a book for almost everything!
I love The Pumpkin Book and it’s perfect for learning more about pumpkins.
Using Playdough for Fine Motor Skills
I love playdough for fine motor skill work. First of all, many kids tend to just enjoy playing with playdough. And I always think there is value in letting kids play with something they naturally enjoy that also has a benefit like improving fine motor skills.
Second, it’s easy to make playdough more or less firm to match your child’s needs.
For kids with fine motor deficits, start with a really soft and smooth playdough. As they get stronger, you can make it more and more firm.
And third, you don’t have to direct kids to use playdough in a way that will help their fine motor skills. Almost any way they use it will help!
How to Use the Playdough Pages
There is no one right way to use playdough pages. They’re meant to be fun and a bit interactive.
For instance, on the page with the pumpkin seed the directions say to ‘Make sure to water it!’. You might choose to use playdough to simulate water. Or use your hands to pretend to sprinkle water over it. Or, as we did, use a crayon to draw little water droplets.
I’m sure there are many other ways to do this, too!
All of the illustrations of these pages are hollow so they’re great for rolling out playdough and placing down strips.
And for extra fine motor practice, have your kids use their fingertips to push down the playdough.
Get More Pumpkin Life Cycle Printables
If you want to learn more about pumpkins and their life cycle, check out the full set. It includes a booklet and some printable activities to match