Pumpkin Facts for Kids

Are you learning all about pumpkins at your homeschool or classroom? Here are the most interesting and weird pumpkin facts for kids.

Pumpkin Facts for Kids | Modern Homestead Mama

Something I hold near and dear to my heart in our homeschool is fostering my children’s hunger for knowledge. Have you ever noticed just how much kids enjoy learning about new topics? Why do we lose that interest over time?

Well, there are several things at play. Namely, the way we expect our kids to memorize facts for tests and taking a one-size-fits-all approach to our education. Something about that squeezes the passion right out of learning.

Anyway, I’ve found that my kids love hearing fun facts about different topics we’re studying. Sometimes kids will remember the most random and silly facts, and other times they won’t show much interest. It’s okay if your child goes their entire lives not knowing that pumpkins are actually fruit. After all, how many adults even think about that?

But, if they’re pumpkin-obsessed like my son, maybe they’ll memorize every fact on this list! 

Try telling your child some of these and see if it sparks their interest during your pumpkin study!


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Fun and Interesting Pumpkin Facts for Kids

1. A pumpkin is a fruit, not a vegetable!

2. Pumpkins were native to Mexico, but can now be found on every continent except Antarctica!

3. Pumpkins are usually ready for harvest in Autumn, that’s why they’re a popular decor choice.

4. The word “pumpkin” comes from the Greek word, “pepon,” which means large melon.

5. Pumpkins are 90% water.

6. The tradition of carving jack-o-lanterns started in Ireland!

7. Over 1 billion pounds of pumpkins are grown in the U.S. every year!

8. Pumpkins are delicious, and good for you too! They contain all sorts of vitamins and fiber that fuel our body.

9. Almost all parts of the pumpkin are edible, even the leaves and flowers!

10. They contain more vitamin A than any other vegetable!

11. Dogs love pumpkin puree. It’s actually prescribed to pets with intestinal issues sometimes because of its high fiber content.

12. Pumpkins were a big part of a Native American’s diet, and were used in various remedies as well.

13. Native Americans also dried out strips of pumpkin and wove mats from them.

14. Early colonists would bake food inside of pumpkins.

15. Pumpkins come in all kinds of colors, not just orange! There are many different varieties. 

16. People eat pumpkin seeds! They’re tasty, and there are hundreds of them in most pumpkins.

17. Did you know that pigs love to eat leftover pumpkins after the holidays are over? Try to find a farm near you and ask if they would like your jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins once you’re done using them for decor.

Here is the Pumpkin Facts printable that comes with my Pumpkin Unit, if you’d like to print it to display for your kids! Enjoy!

Fun Pumpkin Facts Printable

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