Play With Your Food! Activity

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Updated on Oct 15, 2013

Pumpkin seeds are a nutritious treat that come from the inside of a pumpkin. In this activity, your child will use 50 pumpkin seeds to create a picture of a pumpkin! By painting the seeds and positioning them properly on a sheet of paper, he'll create a textured mosaic. Your child will also be challenged to figure out how many seeds need to be painted orange, brown, or green to create a proportional pumpkin.

What You Need:

  • 50 pumpkin seeds
  • Tempera paint (orange, brown, green)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Newspaper
  • Glue
  • White paper

What You Do:

  1. Set the sheet of paper on a table and ask your child to arrange the 50 seeds into the configuration of a pumpkin. Have them count out how many seeds it takes to make the orange part of the pumpkin, the brown part of the stem and the green part of a leaf.
  2. Cover the table with newspaper. Place the seeds on top of the newspaper.
  3. Ask your child to paint the correct amount of seeds each color. Allow the seeds to dry.
  4. Have him arrange the seeds into a pumpkin on the paper, counting out the seeds as he goes.
  5. Glue the seeds in place to finish creating an autumn mosaic.

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