It’s October, the month of the pumpkin! That being said, this month’s free Ways to Play Every Day October Preschool Pumpkins Activity Calendar is focused on one thing: pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins.  Young learners can practice counting, have sensory experiences, be creative, and learn using these fun pumpkin patch activities in the classroom or at home.

Preschool Pumpkins Activity Calendar

Ways to Play Every Day in October: Preschool Pumpkins Activity Calendar

This preschool, Ways to Play Every Day in October, daily activity calendar offers ideas and prompts for daily learning, exploration, and creativity with PUMPKINS. This free October activity printable is suited for preschool teachers for their classrooms, childcare providers or teachers, and for parents to use in the home with their own preschoolers. Follow the October calendar each day for pumpkin-themed activities that correspond with the book list or choose activities at random to inspire play. Below you’ll find each activity from the calendar, as well as links to printables, activity instructions, and book lists that you can use to supplement each daily activity.

Play Every Day in October – Pumpkins WEEK ONE:

  • Make a playdough scarecrow.
  • Play a bowling game with a pumpkin instead of a ball.
  • Create a pumpkin town with blocks and mini pumpkins.
  • Make pumpkin pie playdough.
  • Make a pumpkin patch discovery bottle.
  • Play in a pumpkin patch sensory bin with plastic piggies.
  • Practice counting with orange pony bead “pumpkins” and this counting sheet.

Pumpkin Books to Accompany WEEK ONE Preschool Activities:

Otis and the Scarecrow

Runaway Pumpkin

Pumpkin Town!

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie

It’s Pumpkin Time!

Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch

Ten Orange Pumpkins

Play Every Day in October – Pumpkins WEEK TWO:

  • Visit a real pumpkin patch.
  • See how many mini pumpkins you can stack like this.
  • Make a round pumpkin suncatcher with tissue paper squares.
  • Grow a pumpkin seed in your window.
  • Practice counting backwards from 10 (or 20) using miniature pumpkins.
  • Play hide and seek with a small scarecrow.
Pumpkin Books for Preschool to Accompany the Ways to Play Every Day Free October Activity Calendar

Pumpkin Books to Accompany WEEK TWO Preschool Activities:

This Is Not a Pumpkin

Too Many Pumpkins

Pick a Circle, Gather Squares

Pumpkin Harvest (multi-lingual edition is here)

From Seed to Pumpkin

Pumpkin Countdown

Little Scarecrow Boy

Play Every Day in October: Pumpkins WEEK THREE:

  • Explore reactions with a baking soda and vinegar fizzy pumpkin.
  • Mix up the color orange with a squishy splat pumpkin bag.
  • Practice counting with pumpkin seeds and cards.
  • Make scarecrow snack mix.
  • Play I-spy with a squishy pumpkin sensory bag.
  • Paint with a roll-away pumpkin technique.
Pumpkin Books for Preschoolers to Accompany WEEK THREE of the Free October Ways to Play Every Day Activity Calendar

Pumpkin Books to Accompany WEEK THREE Preschool Activities:

Pumpkin Trouble

Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?


The Biggest Pumpkin Ever

Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin

The Roll-Away Pumpkin

Play Every Day in October: Pumpkins WEEK FOUR

  • Cook your own pumpkin soup.
  • Make your name out of pumpkin seeds.
  • Explore weight with mini pumpkins and a postal scale.
  • Paint your very best pumpkin (real or paper).
  • Play a build-a-scarecrow game.
  • Make pumpkin slime.
  • Practice writing letters in a tray of pumpkin orange sand.
Pumpkin Books to Accompany the Ways to Play Every Day in Preschool October Activity Calendar

Pumpkin Books to Accompany WEEK FOUR Preschool Activities:

Pumpkin Soup

Henry’s Big Pumpkin

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow?

The Very Best Pumpkin

The Scarecrow

Penguin and Pumpkin

It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! Note: for an entire Author Study with Laura Numeroff, see here.

Let this FREE Printable Preschool Calendar inspire you to play every day with these fun, easy preschool activities for October! Download to print and play below!

Ways to Play Every Day in October Free Printable Pumpkins Activity Calendar for Preschoolers


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