On Friday, October 7, we went to the Denver Botanic Gardens- Chatfield Farms Pumpkin Patch!
Earlier that week, we started thinking about what we already knew about pumpkins:
- Most of them are orange, but some can be white or bluish-green.
- Pumpkins can grow in many different sizes!
- Pumpkins grow on the ground, but we weren’t sure how.
- We know that pumpkins have a LOT of seeds inside their “guts.”
We still had some questions – “How do they grow on the ground?” “After you plant a seed, what happens?” So, we watched some videos and did a little research. We discovered that there are 6 stages to a pumpkin:
- Green pumpkin
- Orange pumpkin (or “adult” pumpkin)
We like to draw what we learn, so we drew each stage to help us figure this out. Here are some of our drawings:
Finally, it was time to go to the Pumpkin Patch! We got to pick our own pumpkins… and since we learned they grow on a vine, we knew we had to use some force to actually pick our pumpkins. Mrs. B showed us how to twist the pumpkin on the vine and then step on the vine to separate the pumpkin. Some of our pumpkins ended up with long stems, and some were short.
We saw a lot of small pumpkins, medium-sized pumpkins, and some really, REALLY big pumpkins! Some were smooth, some were round, some were oddly shaped, and some even had some cool bumps on them. It was fun seeing all the different types of pumpkins.
Later, we read a book called How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow by Wendell Minor. This book helped us to learn different words for “really, really big:” giant, enormous, gigantic, immense, and colossal. These are fun words to say, and now we don’t have to use “very” or “really” when we want to describe something “humongous!” (This was a fun word that CM shared with us when we read this book. We like it, too!)
After we read this book, JF asked what the biggest pumpkin in the world would be. We all liked that question! We did a little research and found that the 2016 world record for biggest pumpkin in the world is 2,623 pounds. The man who grew that pumpkin is Mathias Willemijns from Belgium. That pumpkin weighs almost as much as Mrs. B’s car!
We learned a lot about pumpkins, and we’re still reading more pumpkin books and singing pumpkin songs. It seems to be the right time of year for that!