Autumn is in the air and we’re seeing pumpkins galore! Illinois (where Woo! Jr. is headquartered) ranks as one of the top pumpkin producers in the nation. So naturally, there is a pumpkin farm in nearly every village in the state. A family day at the pumpkin patch not only includes picking your favorite pumpkins to carve and decorate. Here, the day’s activities also include sampling pumpkin donuts while drinking a hot cup of freshly pressed cider. More adventures include mazes, hayrides, giant boxes filled with kernels of corn for the kids to play in, petting zoos, pig races, pumpkin launches…basically outreaching the scope of pumpkins for a day FILLED with fun! (Oh! Don’t forget to have someone take your picture among one of the sweet seasonal photo ops on the farm!) We’ve created some fun pumpkin picking activity sheets to go along with your fun-filled day!
These activities are great to print and have on hand for keeping your kids entertained at restaurants, waiting rooms and during road trips. Included are several activities for a wide range of ages. Tracing and coloring work well for helping the smallest children with their fine motor skills. Connect the dots and mazes are super popular picks with kids too! There’s also a printable matching game, word search, and a slightly more challenging crossword puzzle for older children. (TIP: Print the pumpkin Memory Game on cardstock paper to make it more durable and longer lasting.)
The best part about pumpkin picking is that it’s perfect for absolutely every age. Not many activities capture the essence of fall like a visit to the pumpkin patch!