Did someone say Halloween Pumpkin Kerplunk?
Who said Halloween activities need to be all carving pumpkins and Spider Webs? We enjoy that too, but Halloween Pumpkin Kerplunk is a unique idea to add a little STEM to your day.
With three kids at home, I knew this Halloween investigation activity would be right up their ally. – and it was!
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This Halloween idea started with a collection of mini pumpkins.
After a few rounds of pumpkin memory, these pumpkins were calling my name to be played differently.
As I sat sipping my tea, digging deep into fun games I played as a kid; it finally came to me. Viola, pumpkin Kerplunk was born. – look, some people are good with spreadsheets. I can find a game with mini pumpkins in a pinch. We all have our gifts.
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Learning Benefits of Halloween Kerplunk
My goal with this Halloween activity is to invite children into problem-solving and making predictions.
This is also a great activity to explore weight and balance.
When we create easy ideas that explore big topics, kids have prior knowledge to expand thinking in grade school.
Let’s offer as many hands-on activities as possible in the early years. Halloween Frozen Water Play and Eyeball Soup are two other exciting Halloween STEM ideas.
Setting Up Pumpkin Kerplunk
I knew I needed a few specific items. I also had a hunch I had everything I already needed.
Here, I used a plastic bin with holes from the dollar store.
I added uncooked spaghetti to either side and laid the pumpkins on top.
The pumpkins were heavier than expected, so the boys added extra spaghetti as they reset the game.
Remember, playing and allowing the thinking to happen is an integral part of this Halloween activity. We want our children to test new ideas.
We can leave the Amazon cart untouched for this one! You will most likely have everything you need after your mini pumpkin pick-up at the grocery store.
- dry spaghetti
- mini pumpkins
- plastic container with holes – found this at the dollar store
Play a few rounds, then head to Save the Pumpkins to play another problem-solving game using mini-erasers.