These pumpkin activities for preschoolers are fabulous - and perfect for our Fall Tot School plans!

49 Super Fun Pumpkin Activities for Preschoolers

These pumpkin activities for preschoolers include everything from pumpkin crafts to pumpkin snacks and some fun sensory play!

These pumpkin activities for preschoolers are fabulous - and perfect for our Fall Tot School plans!

Pumpkin Activities for Preschoolers

Fall is here! Are you ready to start carving pumpkins? This week I’ve been searching high and low for the best pumpkin activities for preschoolers. As always I have plenty of crafts and fine and gross motor skill activities as well as pumpkin themed printables, books and yummy snacks so you have everything you need for a pumpkin themed Tot School for your toddler or preschooler!

Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the end so you don’t miss any of the fabulous ideas, and be sure to pin your favourites as you go so you can find them again later!

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Easy pumpkin crafts for kids to make

Crafts are a great way to develop fine motor skills and creativity and at the end of the session your tot will have created something they can show to daddy or their grandparents. These are some of my favourite pumpkin crafts for toddlers and preschoolers:

Glow in the Dark Pumpkin


This is a super fun craft because when your kids have finished decorating this pumpkin it will glow in the dark! (via Ginger Snap Crafts)

DIY Glow in the Dark Window Clings


And if your kids are excited by the idea of pumpkins that glow in the dark they should have a go at making these fun window clings too! (via Gym Craft Laundry)

Clay Pumpkins


These little clay pumpkins are a great way to decorate for Halloween or Fall. (via Joyfully Weary)

DIY: Mix-n-Match Pumpkin Faces


Oh these are super fun pumpkins! You’ll need to do a bit of advance prep but then the kids can have fun mixing and matching the faces! (via Hand Made Kids Art)

Pumpkin Apple Stamps


Fruit and veggie stamping is always a fun craft to do and I love how an apple can be used to make some Jack o Lantern pictures! (via Frugal Mom Eh!)

Paper Plate Pumpkins


Paper plate crafts always go down well with my two so we’ll definitely be trying out this pumpkin paper plate activity! (via Clare’s Little Tots)

Chalk Stenciled Pumpkins


Ooh this looks like super fun! How cool is it that the pumpkin appears to be glowing! (via One Little Project)

Paper Mosaic Pumpkin


Mosaic crafts are always a good choice if you have children of different ages because the toddlers can have as much fun as the older kids with their own creations. (via The Pinterested Parent)

Pumpkin books

Here are some pumpkin themed books for you to read together:

Five Little PumpkinsFive Little PumpkinsThe Runaway PumpkinThe Runaway PumpkinPumpkin SoupPumpkin SoupThe Biggest Pumpkin EverThe Biggest Pumpkin EverDuck & Goose, Find a PumpkinDuck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin

  1. Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino
  2. The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
  3. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
  4. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll
  5. Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

Pumpkin fine motor activities

Fine motor skills are an important part of your tot’s development, because without them they won’t be able to write, grasp small objects or fasten zips on their clothing.

Here are some wonderful pumpkin fine motor activities for them to have fun with:

Pumpkin Play Dough Invitation to Play


This is such a fun play dough invitation to play, and your child will be able to put their fine motor skills to the test as they decorate their little pumpkin! (via I Heart Crafty Things)

Where’s Waldo Pumpkin Play Dough Sensory Activities


And here’s another idea for using play dough for your pumpkin activities. I love the addition of the goggly eyes! (via The Jenny Evolution)

Felt Board Pumpkin Faces


Here’s another pumpkin face creation activity, but this time using felt boards. (via Hey There, Home)

Pumpkin Counting


And then combine fine motor skills with math with this every so simple to set up 1-1 correspondence activity. (via Simple Home Blessing)

DIY Pumpkin Pie Playdough


And just because my kids never tire of play dough activities here’s a fun way to make pumpkin pie! (via Tinkerlab)

Pumpkin Hammering


Here’s a fun way to work on hammering skills using a pumpkin and some golf tees! (via Preschool Powol Packets)

Pumpkin gross motor activities

We must not forget about helping develop the larger muscles needed for gross motor skills and encouraging climbing, running, crawling and jumping. Here are some wonderful pumpkin gross motor activities to get your little one up and moving.

  1. Planting pumpkin seeds in a pumpkin from Daniel 4s Mom
  2. Pumpkin relay from The Preschool Toolbox
  3. Ghost bottle bowling from No Time for Flashcards
  4. Pumpkin bowling from Little Bins for Little Hands
  5. Hide and go seek the pumpkins from Preschool Plan It
  6. Pumpkin hopscotch from The Pleastantest Thing

Pumpkin printables

To help develop numeracy and literacy skills you can use one of the many free printable packs that are shared by other mums. Here are some pumpkin printables:

  1. Pumpkin patch writing prompts from Frugal Homeschool Family
  2. Free pumpkin Pre K pack from This Reading Mama
  3. Pumpkin activities pack from 3 Dinosaurs
  4. Hand drawn pumpkin printables from Rock a Bye Butterfly
  5. Busy bag mix n match pumpkin faces from Mama Miss
  6. Letter P for pumpkin from Confessions of a Homemaker
  7. Preschool pumpkin pack from 1 plus 1 equals 1

Pumpkin sensory tubs and small world play

Sensory tubs are a brilliant way to encourage learning through invitation to play. Little ones can explore their senses as well as practicing pouring and measuring, counting and patterning. There is also an opportunity for small world play too as they explore and comprehend the world around them. Here are some brilliant ideas for pumpkin sensory tubs and small world play:

Pumpkin Sensory Bag


Want to know what to do with your pumpkin guts? Turn them into a sensory I-Spy bag of course! (via Teaching Mama)

Pumpkin Sensory Dough


Or use this recipe to turn the pumpkin guts into a sensory dough, right there inside the pumpkin so there’s no bowl to clean up! (via Housing a Forest)

Pumpkin Sensory Play and Science Activity for Kids


You might also want to have a go at turning your hollow pumpkin into a volcano! (via Little Bins for Little Hands)

Pumpkin Patch Mud Pie Invitation to Play


Oh how adorable is this pumpkin patch! There’s endless opportunities for play with this one. (via Nerdy Mamma)

Fall Sensory Bin


Or you can make a sensory bin using play dough, with lots of things to bury. (via Wildflower Ramblings)

Five Little Pumpkins Sensory Bin


Here’s another idea for a sensory bin where your child can practice their tweezer skills sorting the little pumpkins into the bigger ones. (via I Heart Crafty Things)

Pumpkin Scented Moon Sand


Moon sand is great for sensory play and this is a great recipe to make a pumpkin scented version. (via Parenting Chaos)

Pumpkin Bath


If your child loves water and bubbles they will have a blast with this water activity! (via Busy Toddler)

Little House in the Pumpkin – Autumn Craft & Sensory Bin


I am totally in love with this sensory bin, it’s like a little fairy garden but totally pumpkin themed! (via Adventure in a Box)

Pumpkin Boats Fall Sensory Play Idea


What a great way to learn about the concepts of what floats and what sinks! If it’s not warm enough to do this water play activity outside just do it in the bathtub instead! (via Frugal Fun 4 Boys)

Pumpkin snacks

All this learning is enough to make anyone hungry, so why not fix one of these tasty pumpkin snacks to enjoy together:

  1. Fall favourite pumpkin bread from Delightfule Made
  2. Pumpkin chocolate chip bread from Not Just Cute
  3. Pumpkin & oat morning bread from Crafting Connections
  4. Pumpkin dip from Cooking Light
  5. Easy pumpkin recipes from Parenting
  6. Pumpkin bran muffins with chocolate chips from Foodlets
  7. Pumpkin apple muffins from Weelicious

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