The Real Pumpkin Patch

[22 Jan 15] I am so very excited to share this!!

Saw this outside the kids’ art class. Its planted by a landed residence owner in the neighbourhood.

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The real pumpkin patch

Three years ago, I did a unit study on Pumpkins with my kids.  That was when K was 5.5yo and R was 3.5yo.  We also attempted to plant pumpkin at my MIL’s house.  However, our previous 2 attempts at growing our own pumpkin failed badly. After all these years, I still can’t develop green fingers.  I simply can’t, even though I love gardening.  😦  My gardening friends would always tell me that I have over-watered.  I never give up!  Planning to plant my own veg some day soon.  I still love gardening and all things nature (except creepy crawlies & mosquitoes).   >.<

Wk 0-2
I baked some of these fresh seeds for the kids to try too. In fact, the seeds tasted good without needing to be baked as well.

Wk 4-4

Wk 4-6

Anyway, fast forward > 2yrs later, the kids couldn’t recognize the plant or any part of it without the fruit in full growth earlier.  😦  Now that we stumbled upon this, the kids can finally get to touch and feel THE REAL PUMPKIN PATCH over the next few weeks.  And we can do that every Thursday.  It’s going to be a good chance for them to catch up.  Nothing is better than being able to TOUCH!

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Feeling the tendrils

I have tested them on site, and showed them the different parts of the plant. Even hinted to them that its orange and the seeds can be eaten if baked.

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Pumpkin blooms only last for ONE day. It was late afternoon. We have missed the full bloom. Next week, we would go inspect the plant BEFORE art class. Hope to catch a full bloom at 3pm.
Female flower - that's the ovary at the bottom.  It's gonna become a pumpkin!
Female flower – that’s the ovary at the bottom. It’s gonna become a pumpkin!
On another female flower that has wilted.  The pumpkin is ready to grow.
On another female flower that has wilted. The pumpkin is ready to grow.

But then they were still unable to connect, I refused to tell them that its pumpkin. Refused to feed them info!  😦  When we got home, I fished out the All About Pumpkin book we did and purposely, casually left it lying around.  The kids discovered it before bedtime and K straightaway linked to this afternoon’s “excursion” at the roadside *hehe*

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This is the video I captured using the front camera of my HP and I filmed it halfway while drying her hair.  She was very happy to share today’s findings with daddy who has just gotten home.  It’s so hilarious I am glad I have captured it.

Below are the photos of the book which I mentioned we did 2+ years ago.  I wish I have done more for them!

book 1

Book 2

book 3

book 4book 5book 6

book 7
Bottom Right shows K’s drawing of her pumpkin at 5.5YO
book 8
Top left shows R’s drawing of pumpking at 3Y1M ❤

 My book project aborted after 2 weeks of planting. 😦  I laminated the leaves of my plants!  They didn’t seem to look much different from the day they were laminated.  Not sure how long these leaves can last for and I wonder if the kids will find joy in reading this book again 20 yrs later.

I totally enjoyed doing this book with the kids.  Of all the home-learning topics we did, I would say this is one of the very few that I have lasting memories of.  Below are some happy moments of K while doing up her book.  She has enjoyed doing this more than R.  R was just happy to be playing then.

K1

K2

K3

[Completed] Her own artwork of painted pumpkin.
[Completed] Her own artwork of painted pumpkin.
Last, but not least, recapping what she has learnt by 'teaching' daddy what she knows *haha*
Last, but not least, recapping what she has learnt by ‘teaching’ daddy what she knows *haha*

I dont have the softcopy of the printables anymore as my comp crashed long time ago.  Mummies keen to take this chance to follow up with your kid(s) can google for PUMPKIN PRINTABLES and science info easily.

If you are keen in extending the home-learning to the uses of Pumpkin, do check out our earlier post on Pumpkin Rice (recipe included).

 

Back to what’s happening on site, the pumpkin patch grows pretty fast. It was just 2 small patches of pumpkin leaves last week when I spotted them.  We WILL come back next week to check on these little babies!  Will update this post until we conclude this unit.  ❤

In the meantime, its the last 3 days to enter the draw at our current giveaway! Do join if you have not. Prizes worth S$180 up for grabs!

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We are a Singapore Mum Blog hosted by BFFs Shirley & Audrey. We blog about our children, parenting and family lifestyle. Most often than not, we find ourselves immersed in family and kids entertainment and can't escape from the lure of great food!

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