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Fall Pumpkin Seed Math Activities

Nicole Sanchez on

There are so many math concepts you can teach with pumpkin seeds! I like to use them to teach skills like number sense, skip counting, estimation and basic operations. You can use them just like you use a lot of your other math manipulatives on a daily basis.

Here is a list of some of the ways I like to use pumpkin seeds with my students during math time. Just make sure that kids wash their hands and have a clean surface to work on so that they can have a fun treat when they’re done.

Number Sense: Count out the correct number of seeds to match numbers on flashcards, or use them as manipulatives for ten frames.

Skip Counting: Count a large number of seeds by putting them in groups of 5s or 10s and then skip counting to find the total.

Estimation: Fill a jar with seeds. Ask students to estimate how many they think are in the jar. Then count them together as a whole class.

Basic Operations: Use the seeds as counters for simple addition or subtraction problems. Or divide up a large number of seeds to count collaboratively in small groups and then add up the total.

Happy Teaching,
Nicole Sanchez