Cool Pumpkin Facts for Kids

When we start to see pumpkins we know that the Fall season is on its way.  Pumpkin season is a fun season, the leaves on the trees start to change color and fall.  We think about visiting the farm to go pumpkin picking, we start to see carved jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, we get to taste the many foods made with pumpkins.  Pumpkins equal Fall fun!  Do you want to learn about pumpkins?  Check out cool pumpkin facts for kids!

What is a pumpkin?

Pumpkins are a type of squash. Pumpkin comes from the Greek word pepon which means large melon.  People associate pumpkins with the fall season and with holidays including Halloween and Thanksgiving.

What does a pumpkin look like?

When we think about what a pumpkin looks like we often picture a large circle that is orange, has deep vertical grooves and a stem.   Pumpkins actually can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.  They aren’t only orange but they can also be white yellow, green, white, or blue.

Pumpkins come in a lot of different sizes from small to very large. They are typically circular in shape but sometimes are longer like a stretched out a circle or even a lopsided circle.  

Are pumpkins a fruit or a vegetable?

Pumpkins have seeds so they are really a fruit, however, we often refer to them as a vegetable.

Did you know that pumpkins are mostly water?  They are 90% water. Pumpkins are high in fiber, contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein, and iron.  Pumpkins are good for you!

Where do pumpkins grow?

Pumpkins grow on farms. Some people buy pumpkin plants or seeds to grow them in their own backyard.  Pumpkins are very easy to grow.  If you decide to plant seeds in your backyard make sure there is a lot of space for them to spread.  Did you know that pumpkins grow on vines?  If you are growing pumpkins in your yard try growing them on a trellis.  The pumpkins will grow hanging from the trellis.  The vine will always grow strong enough to support the fruit/vegetable it is growing.  

Pumpkins are a very common crop and can be found all over the world.   Did you know that pumpkins were native to Mexico, now they are grown on every continent except for Antarctica.

Over 1 billion pounds of pumpkins are grown in the US every year.

Every Fall millions of people all over the country visit pumpkin patches or pumpkin farms to pick their own pumpkins.  

Can you eat pumpkin?

The answer is yes! We can eat pumpkin in many different ways. Pumpkin can be baked, roasted, steamed, or boiled.  Pumpkins can be used to make pies, bread, soups, pasta, and more…You can even eat pumpkin seeds and flowers!  Many people like to eat roasted pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin pie is a traditional dish that many families eat on Thanksgiving.

More Pumpkin Facts for Kids

Some people carve pumpkins and turn them into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.  Click here for more facts about Halloween

Pumpkin pie is a popular Fall and Thanksgiving dessert.

Pumpkins were a large part of  Native American’s diet.  When they harvested the pumpkin crops they were able to eat pumpkins regularly.  Native Americans used dried strips of pumpkin to make mats.

Pumpkins were once used to cure snake bites and remove freckles.

The largest pumpkin ever recorded weighed in at 2,624.6pounds on October 9, 2016, in Germany. The largest pumpkin on record in the United States weighed in at 2,363 in Moon Bay California on October 10th, 2017.

We hoped you enjoyed reading these pumpkin facts for kids. Do you like to design jack-o-lanterns?  We enjoy seeing the many funny faces, scary faces, and cute faces.  Send pictures of your carved pumpkins to kidsplayandcreate@gmail.com and we will upload them to our site!  Want to learn more Fun Facts by kidsplayandcreate?  Click out Fun Facts link