We had a great field trip with our Homeschool Co-op today! I jotted down some activities before we left to makes sure I incorporated some math in our trip since we’d all be tired once we got home. Here are some of my ideas. Hopefully you can use them too!
1. Measure the Circumference of a Pumpkin. Although this is a bit beyond the math level my oldest is on, it’s never too early to learn something new!
2. Measure Pumpkin Height/Width. This is easy and can be perfect for preschoolers and school aged kiddos!
3. How Many Pumpkins Tall Are You? Teach non-linear measurement by having your child lie down and measure how many pumpkins tall they each are. If you have several kiddos (and Mom too) do everyone! Then, create a chart with tallest to shortest!
4. Label the parts of the pumpkin. Well, this isn’t math, but it’s fun and educational! You can use toothpicks and labels to actually label a real pumpkin, or just draw a model and write down the parts. Either way, the kids will ‘get it’ and retain it!
5. Bake the Pumpkin Seeds! Preheating the oven, counting how many seeds there are, estimating how many seeds, how many minutes should they bake? All of these simple activities are an easy way to incorporate math into your pumpkin patch trip. These hands on moments will have a greater impact than any worksheet!
6. Estimate how fast the hayride is going. How many MPH do you think the tractor is going? After you estimate, ask the driver and see who was closest!
7. Take a compass into the Corn Field Maze to incorporate Geography! My boys love using a compass. Directions are not my forte! However, they got a kick out of it! If you have more than one school aged boy, I’d recommend bringing more than one compass. Don’t ask me how I know
8. Find the heaviest and lightest pumpkins. Unless you bring along a scale (which, hey why not!), you couldn’t be certain, but for a preschooler, you could use obvious pumpkins to teach this lesson.
Taking a few minute to think of ways you can extend the learning while on field trips is a great way to make your day more successful! Have a great fall y’all!