National Pumpkin Day – Fun for All!
Did you know that 26th October is National Pumpkin Day?
Although this event has more prominence in the USA, we love how this day provides another reason for us to enjoy one of autumn’s most iconic features – the pumpkin! We think it also sounds a lot more tasty than National Pickle Day, which takes place in November…
As it’s half term for many children this week too, it’s the perfect opportunity to get creative in the kitchen before Halloween arrives.
We thought we’d share our favourite pumpkin-related activities on the blog, designed to be inclusive and provide sensory fun for children with additional needs.
Pumpkin decoration ideas without carving
These no-carve pumpkin decorations from Parenting Special Needs magazine are ideal for younger children, too. From Frankenstein’s monster to a scary witch, these designs are easy to follow and fun to make!
Families.com also shares a brilliant idea here: if you have any chalkboard paint, spray the pumpkin so your child can decorate safely with chalk.
For children who can help you to carve pumpkins, Pinterest is a fantastic resource for spooky inspiration, and many pins come complete with instructions. Take a look at some easy pumpkin carving ideas here.
Make pumpkins a part of sensory play
There are lots of activities that can help encourage development and exercise motor functions, while giving your child an opportunity to enjoy seasonal fun. CerebralPalsy.org has listed easy to create pumpkin activities for sensory play. You could turn your pumpkin into a volcano, or scoop out the flesh and fill it with slime or other textured items like hair gel.
Pumpkin recipes to enjoy
If you’re left with pulp after scooping out or decorating your pumpkins, why not turn it into a yummy bake with help from your child?
Peas & Crayons has shared a delicious pumpkin muffin recipe that’s simple to make and sweetened only with maple syrup. If suitable, your child can help you weigh out your ingredients and stir the batter.
The Children’s Food Trust have also shared their sweet and spicy pumpkin soup recipe, which – with adult supervision – some children could get involved with preparing. Pumpkins are high in fibre and contain vitamin A, so this is a great healthy and warming recipe to make as the weather gets colder outside!
Had enough of pumpkins? We also have plenty of half term ideas on our resources page here.
We’d love to know if you try any of these pumpkin related activities too or have any tips and activities to share! Send as an email at email@example.com