What do pumpkins need?

Part of our Grade 1 science curriculum is the needs of plants. I was trying to think of a way to jazz it up a bit this year and I came up with this.

I enlarged the image above (you can click it to grab) on our school photocopier to 11 by 14. Below each of the three pumpkins I asked the children print \”sun\”, \”soil\” and \”water\”.
I gave them small pieces of orange and yellow construction paper and had them rip or cut the paper into a sun shape, complete with rays.
For soil, the kids coloured a brown area with their felts, smeared on some glue stick, and we sprinkled on gold glitter (I was thinking about how sometimes compost is called \”black gold\”). And actually, I couldn\’t find gold, so it\’s multi-coloured glitter — ha ha!
For water, the kids met with me and sponge-painted blue onto their pumpkin shape.
Have a look!

I think they turned out pretty well:)

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