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Measure a Pumpkin:
How Big Is It?

Pumpkin Measurement. Organize a collection of pumpkins of different sizes. Then working in teams, children can wrap string around the widest part of each pumpkin and cut it to the length of the pumpkin's circumference.

  • Arrange the strings in order of length.
  • Measure the strings with a ruler, yardstick, or measuring tape.
  • Set children on a classroom quest to find one object shorter than their string and one object longer than their string.

Get creative: Invite students to "just imagine." How would they make...

  • a pumpkin chair?
  • a pumpkin bed?
  • a pumpkin house?
  • a pumpkin desk?
  • a pumpkin car or SUV?
  • a pumpkin _____?



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Sue LaBella, Education World's former early childhood editor, is a former teacher who loves writing activities and poems for young children. She lives in Connecticut with her family and her bulldog named Daisy.

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