When we did an experiment using the inside of a pumpkin and placing it in different petri dishes and then in different locations, the kids were really curious about our outcome. (See experiment here). I decided to extend our learning even more by putting our pumpkin from our exploding pumpkin experiment, inside of a plastic container. We then sealed up the container and we made some guesses as to what would happen over time. I will bring the pumpkin out from time to time whenever there is a change and show everyone. This is just the beginning of our pumpkin science experiment and will last for several months!
This pumpkin science experiment serves as a great reminder that often science takes time. Scientists often have to wait a long time for results. I am looking forward to seeing what happens to our pumpkin come the spring. Since this pumpkin was already carved and cleaned out, I have added some seeds from another pumpkin in the hopes that a sprout will grow.
The book “Pumpkin Jack” by Will Hubbell is the perfect literacy connection for this activity. I am looking forward to watching our pumpkin rot and change and hopefully become something beautiful. Stay tuned!