I received a wonderful email from one of my readers the other day. Julie emailed me to tell me about a fun book she discovered and read with her daughter. The book, Pumpkin Day by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, inspired them to have a pumpkin day of their very own. I wanted to share with you some of what she wrote.
After reading the book, they did several activities:
- Pumpkin science experiment to find out if it would sink or float in the kitchen sink (How fun is that? I am going to do this with Juliet next year.
- After the experiment, her daughter washed and dried the pumpkin (Another, why didn't I think of that? moment for me!)
- They drew on a face and then scooped out the insides and carved the pumpkin.
- She shared some of the Pumpkin Patch parable that she read about on Impress Your Kids.
- They roasted pumpkin seeds.
- And finally, made pumpkin pancakes for breakfast the next morning!
1. Mix a bowl of batter from a regular pancake recipe (a mix is just fine) enough for 10-12.
2. Add 1/4 cup canned pumpkin, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, & 1/4 tsp cinnamon; mix well.
3. Make pancakes as usual on a skillet.
We had extra to freeze! TASTY!!!!
Wondering how to make the fun faces? Here's what she said:
I used an empty squirt bottle (from agave nectar or a honey bottle would work) to make the details of the pumpkin on the griddle first, waited a bit, filled in the blanks and then waited and then flipped it, presto! a cute jack-o-lantern face!
I haven't read Pumpkin Day yet, but we just checked out Seeds! Seeds! Seeds! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and Juliet loved it. It's more of a spring-themed book, but it was a fun read anyways.
Thank you so much, Julie, for sharing your book find and ideas with me! I hope to make some pumpkin pancakes soon!
Anyone else have a good book or activity idea to share? I LOVE hearing from you!