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Pumpkin Crafts
 
Pumpkins evoke thoughts of Halloween, though most Australian children don't know why.
Here in Adelaide, our early autumn pumpkin harvest doesn't coincide with Halloween (which is on 31 October), but this is no reason for your children to miss out on all the fun of harvesting, eating and decorating pumpkins.
 
Play Dough Faces
 
For toddlers, give them some play dough and help them stick it onto the pumpkins to make simple faces.
Painted Pumpkins
 
Older children can use tempera paints to decorate the pumpkins.
Pumpkin Stack
 
These pumpkins are held up by a fence post!
First, pound a steel post firmly into the ground.
Carve a 4- to 5-inch-wide hole in the top and bottom of several pumpkins (as many as it takes to cover the length of the post). Leave one with its top intact. Clean out the insides (make our Pumpkin Soup), then carve faces. Carefully thread them onto the post, ending with the pumpkin that has the intact top. To light your stack, place a glow stick or battery-operated candle inside each pumpkin.
Rotting Pumpkin Experiment
 
For older children, allow a cut out pumpkin to sit in a dry spot outside and watch what happens over time.
Get your kids to observe the changes and keep a diary.
You may end up with some very interesting creatures inhabiting your pumpkin.

 
Pumpkin Lanterns
 
Not all pumpkin lanterns have to be Jack O Lanterns.
Be creative when carving out your pumpkins.
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