Guess what’s in the pumpkin

Autumn is now definitely with us and supermarkets here have filled their shelves with lots of lovely varieties of squash, which we used to make a fun ‘Guess what’s in the pumpkin’ game, which made for a lovely bit of Halloween Science.

I hollowed each one out saving the middle to make soup, drew on a pumpkin face with a black Staedtler pen, this drew smoothly and easily on the surface of the squash, but you could use a sharpie or other black pen instead.

I then filled them with something icky, and added a few bugs for effect.

I didn’t tell my children what was inside, but covered their eyes and asked them to guess from what they could feel. There were many squeals when they felt inside.

pumpkin sensory play

Coloured Rice

Just place uncooked rice into a bag, add some food colouring, mix it all up and leave to dry.

Coloured Spaghetti

Cook the spaghetti as normal, but add a fair amount of food colouring to the water, drain and cool, then add some vegetable oil and give it a good mix.



Can you think of other things we could put inside, I’m going to try jelly next.

You could even use the leftovers to make a spooky Halloween sensory tray.

Halloween Science

More Halloween Science

Eerie sounds device

Spooky Lava Lamps

This activity is great for Early Years (EYFS ) Science

Halloween Science

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