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Pumpkin Archeologist

Become an archeologist and dig for fossils inside our pumpkin excavation site.
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In this activity we will pretend to be archeologists using a pumpkin and scooping/carving tools. Pumpkin Archeologist incorporates fine motor, math, and science skills, while also introducing the basics of archeology. We start by safely removing the top of a pumpkin. We will dig inside the pumpkin to find and clean as many 'fossils' as we can! Once we have fully unearthed the 'fossils', its time to cook them! While waiting for them to crisp up in the oven, we can give our pumpkin a face. After we draw the outline of the face, your Kid Expert will carve it out. Then we will place a candle in our pumpkin and enjoy our fossil pumpkin seeds!

Materials

Materials:
Pumpkin
Knife
Newspaper
Bowl
Strainer
Baking Sheet
Tin Foil
Oven
Salt
Olive Oil

Disclaimer

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Sample Activities and Instructions

We take our pumpkin onto a study surface and cover the table with newspaper. Your Kid Expert will cut off the top of the pumpkin.
Time to excavate the insides! Reach right inside the pumpkin and begin searching for as many seeds as possible. These seeds are our pumpkin fossils, and we need to collect them all! Also, we need to take out all of the goop from inside and smooth it out.
Once we have removed all of our pumpkin fossils from the excavation site, we need to make sure they are clean of pumpkin goop. We will run warm water over them and pat them dry with a paper towel.
Once fully rinsed, we will cover the fossils in olive oil and salt. We place them in a single layer on a baking sheet, and cook for 20-30 minutes.
While we are waiting for our fossils to cook, we can give our excavation site a face. Using a pen your child can draw an outline of what they want the pumpkin to look like, and then your Kid Expert will carve it out! Maybe it’s a crazy pumpkin, or a surprised pumpkin! Or even Olaf…
Once our pumpkin fossils are finished we can take them out of the oven and enjoy them with our newly carved friend!