Fall is a festive time of the year, and pumpkins are used in tons of fall decorations. Therefore, using pumpkin-themed activities in the classroom is a great way to incorporate fall decorations and festivities. If you are looking for the perfect pumpkin-themed activities that focus on math, then these 23 activities will definitely enhance your math lessons and keep your students actively engaged.
1. Painted Pumpkin Rocks
This super cute pumpkin activity doubles as a pumpkin craft. Students will paint rocks like pumpkins and use them to learn to count or match numbers. They can also place the pumpkin rocks on odd or even numbers, numbers called out by the teachers, or solve addition or subtraction problems and place the rock on the correct answer.
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2. Pumpkin Pie Math
Students can practice number skills as well as fine motor strengthening as they make miniature pumpkin pies! Add numbers to the bottom of each pie tin and have students count out loud while adding the pumpkin pom poms to the pie tin. You can also have them roll a die to add pom poms to the tin. There are many creative ideas for using this pumpkin pie counting activity in the classroom!
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3. Roll and Mark Pumpkin Dot Art
Preschoolers will enjoy this number recognition activity! To play, they must roll a die and then use an orange dot marker to mark the correct number on the pumpkin. They must continue rolling the die until all of the numbers are covered with an orange dot!
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4. Pumpkin Seed Counting
Students will use real pumpkin seeds to complete this engaging, hands-on counting activity! Begin by giving each student in a group a small pumpkin container. Then, give the students a small cup of real pumpkin seeds for everyone in the group to use. The students will take turns rolling a die and counting out the same number of pumpkin seeds and placing them in their small pumpkin container. They will play until all of the seeds are in the small containers.
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5. Pumpkin Number Scoop
Use mini pumpkins for this pumpkin number scoop activity. It is the perfect activity to review numbers 1-10 or numbers 1-20. Add numbers to the bottom of each mini pumpkin, place the pumpkins and some water in a tub, and let the games begin!
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6. Pumpkin Math Mat
Use this free pumpkin printable, counters, and a die to practice subtraction. Roll one die for the beginning number, and roll another die to know how many counters to remove from the pumpkin. This will allow the students to solve the equation.
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7. Counting Pumpkins on a Vine
Counting Pumpkins on a Vine is a terrific activity for teaching preschoolers to count objects. All you need to create these pumpkin vines are orange beads and green pipe cleaners. The students will move the beads to one side as they count them.
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8. Pumpkin Counting
This is a favorite pumpkin math activity for little ones. You will need mini pumpkins, markers or paint, and toilet paper and paper towel rolls. The children will draw dots on each pumpkin to represent a number and then match them to a number written on the toilet paper or paper towel rolls. They will balance the pumpkin on the correctly numbered roll.
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9. Pumpkin Teeth
The pumpkin teeth printable is a super cute activity for little ones learning to count. The students will use candy corn as pumpkin teeth, roll the dice, and place the correct number of teeth in the pumpkin’s mouth. This is a terrific pumpkin addition mat to use for classroom math centers!
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10. Candy Corn and Candy Pumpkin Greater Than and Less Than
Using candy for math manipulatives makes math so much more fun! This fun activity teaches students how to compare numbers. Students will use candy corn and pumpkin candy to fill in the blanks and show which number is greater than and which number is less than the other number.
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11. Which Group Has More Pumpkins?
Using cards with pumpkins, the students will count the pumpkins pictured in each group. The students will then place a clip on the side that contains more pumpkins. This is a terrific activity for providing counting practice. It is also perfect for beginning number comparisons.
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12. Pumpkin Number Lacing
Recognizing and counting double-digit numbers can be a bit challenging for preschoolers. This educational pumpkin activity is a fun and engaging way for them to practice these numbers. It is a perfect fall activity that helps preschoolers practice counting and number recognition for numbers 1 to 20, and it is also perfect for fine motor skill development.
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13. Pumpkins: Pouring More and Less
For this fun activity, make pumpkin cards that contain the words “more” and “less.” Put a cup on each side of the pumpkin card. Draw jack-o-lantern faces on each cup, and invite a student to pour orange water into one of the pumpkin cups. Then, have another student pour water into the other cup that is on the card. Make sure the second student pours more or less based on what is indicated on the card.
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14. Pumpkin Seed Fun
Using objects for counting is fun and engaging for students. Therefore, pumpkin seeds are perfect for this activity. Use prepackaged pumpkin seeds if you don’t have access to a real pumpkin.
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15. I Spy Pumpkins
Preschool students will love this cute pumpkin activity that focuses on number recognition. Use candy corn pumpkin candy as the markers to cover the focus number. You can also use circle counters in place of the candy corn pumpkin candy.
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16. Pumpkin Number Bonds to 10 Worksheet
Make math lots of fun with pumpkin number bonds! These math worksheet pumpkin printables are free and will excite your students as they practice addition and increase their math. These worksheets are the perfect fall activity for kindergarten and first-grade students.
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17. Pumpkin Patch Math
Begin this cute activity by reading aloud Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino. This hands-on math game focuses on number recognition, and students will have a blast completing it. Grab the inexpensive materials and build your very own Pumpkin Patch Math activity today!
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18. Pumpkin Counting Book
This Pumpkin Counting Book engages students and provides a focus on numbers 0 to 10. The students can also practice sight words with this great idea for hands-on learning. Once this activity is completed, you will have a terrific review book for counting to 10.
19. Pumpkin Shape Mats
These pumpkin shape mats help students become oriented to shape knowledge, increase fine motor skills, and learn to count. Your students can outline the shapes with bags of pumpkin candy, pumpkin erasers, orange pompons, or Play-Doh.
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20. Ten Little Pumpkins Subtraction
This fun and engaging subtraction math center activity is perfect for first-grade students. They will roll the dice or die and then take away that number of pumpkins. They will conclude by writing the number sentence and marking out the appropriate number of pumpkins on the record sheet.
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21. Scarecrow Math Craft
These scarecrow math crafts are a wonderful way to practice math, listening skills, and fine motor skills. They also make great classroom decorations. The students will love seeing their scarecrows hanging around the room!
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22. Pumpkin Pasta Counting
This Pumpkin Pasta Counting activity is perfect for pre-K students. Color Fiori pasta orange, print the pumpkin mat, and ask the students to put 20 pasta pieces on each pumpkin. The students will get a terrific fine motor workout with this activity!
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23. Pumpkin Math
Students will have a blast learning about area and perimeter with this cute pumpkin math activity. Have the students use M&Ms or Skittles around the pumpkin’s outside to measure the perimeter and have them cover the entire pumpkin to determine the area.
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