Hello fall and hello pumpkin season. If you’re as big of a pumpkin fan as I am, you’ll love doing this fun pumpkin counting activity with your kids. For this activity, kids will be counting the seeds in a pumpkin. But, you don’t need a real pumpkin to try this activity! We used yellow pom poms as our pumpkin “seeds.” I designed this activity for my preschooler who is learning that written numbers also represent a physical number. We counted from 1-20, but you can choose any range of numbers for this activity depending on the needs of your children.

Practice counting with this fun pumpkin seed number matching game. Count out the seeds for each pumpkin with your preschooler.

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Materials for Pumpkin Seed Number Activity

  • Foam Pumpkins
  • Toy Numbers
  • Yellow Pom Poms

You probably already have almost everything you need for this activity! Kids will love counting the pom pom “seeds” in their pumpkins.

Draw the shape of a pumpkin onto a piece of paper and cut it out.

Get as many yellow pom pom pumpkin “seeds” as you want to use in your activity. We did 1-20.

Stack your numbers randomly.

Pick one number off the pile and have the child say the number. Then, count that many pom poms and add them to the pumpkin as seeds.

Repeat this process until you get through the entire stack of numbers.

This activity is useful because it helps young children see that the written number actually represents a physical number, which is sometimes difficult for kids to learn when they are young. If you notice that your child has difficulty with certain numbers but not others, pull out the easy numbers and just keep the ones you are working on at the time.

You can repeat this activity for numbers up to 100, or make it more complicated for older kids by having each pom pom represent several numbers in skip counting, like 2, 5, or 10.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. Hi Kim just want to thank you so much for all the educational free printable. They are very useful. Thanks again!

  2. HI Kim,

    Very much appreciate your site. I have clicked and searched but the spider matt pulls up the pumpkin count and match either through clicking your email or by clicking through search hear on the site.

    Thank you again for sharing your creativity and resources!


    1. I’m not sure what you are referring to. I have checked the spider post thoroughly and it provides the correct activity.

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