Pumpkin Guts Exploration


The other morning as part of our Halloween themed week, I cut open a pumpkin

and let Caden explore the guts!

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I gave him a couple of spoons and let him help scoop out the guts and seeds.

Then Caden decided to dump the rest out.

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He spent a good portion of the time banging on the hollow pumpkin with the spoons.

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Caden played with the pumpkin top. Taking it off and fitting it just right to get it back on.

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Caden wasn’t too fond of the sticky, slimy guts so I put them into a resealable sandwich bag.

I wasn’t too worried about the bag opening,

but if you are you can tape over the resealable edge with clear packing tape.

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He really enjoyed squishing the seeds and pulp around in the bag. He kept repeating “squishy”.

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Then he decided to put the guts back in the pumpkin and take them back out.

He repeated this action a few times.

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Caden enjoyed the squishy bag of pumpkin guts so much, I am sure if I let him he would have played with it all day! Right before clean up time, Caden took the bag of guts to show his canine friend, Tyson.

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Overall, we had a good time exploring the pumpkin guts! Caden and I spent a good half hour playing with the pumpkin, which if you know Caden he doesn’t spend much time doing anything!

And my favorite part, we surprisingly didn’t make too much of a mess! I taped down an opened up paper grocery bag first, and used a tray to contain the guts. And please remember to keep the knife out of reach.

Happy Halloween!

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16 thoughts on “Pumpkin Guts Exploration”

  1. Laura M. says:

    This is great…I’m pretty sure my 3 year old shares my aversion to “icky stuff” and that both of us would much prefer to play with this stuff in a baggie! Even the baby would be able to play along! Saw this posted on Discover and Explore and had to see it! Looks great!

  2. I love the idea of adding the sticky, slimey guts to a bag for sensory play! Thanks for sharing on the Discover & Explore linky!

  3. Putting the ‘guts’ in a bag is such a great idea! Controls the mess and gently eases wee ones into different sensory experiences. Fantastic! This would be great for my babe – who still puts everything in his mouth – he will love being a part of pumpkin carving!

  4. Alyssa says:

    What a fun idea! I just wanted to let you know that I am showcasing this with a link back on my Fall Activity Roundup at Simply Creative Kids if you don’t mind.

  5. Ashley Moore says:

    Uggg….I hate pumpkin guts! I would have to leave them in the bag too; I’m sure my kids would be happy stringing them all over the place though!

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