Pumpkin Foods with Pumpkin Pie In A Shell Recipe

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Find the 46 manually placed words hidden within this pumpkin foods themed word search with a bonus pumpkin pie in a shell recipe.

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1 – Full page word search with words related to pumpkins and pumpkin foods. This page has a picture behind the puzzle and can be framed and left out as a decorative item. All the words in this puzzle have been manually placed – this puzzle has not been generated with a puzzle program.

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1 – Full page Pumpkin Pie In A Shell Recipe with a decorative background. This is a delicious recipe.

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Wikipedia: Cornucopia – Information about the meaning, symbolism, mythology and the modern depictions of the cornucopia.

Wonderopolis: What is a cornucopia?
This site has an option that allows visitors to listen to the information given, and answers the questions: What is a cornucopia? Where did the cornucopia come from? and How do you make a cornucopia?

Crafts, Coloring Pages & Jigsaw Puzzles

All Recipes Cornucopia – Recipe for a bread cornucopia centerpiece.

DLTK: Cornucopia Craft – Free printable activity.

Artists Helping Children: Cornucopia Crafts for Kids – Ideas for Arts & Crafts, Instructions for Fall and Autumn Cornucopia Activities, and Projects for Children, Teens, and Preschoolers

Free Kids Crafts: Printable Cornucopia – Print in color or black and white.

Raising Our Kids: Cornucopia Coloring Pages 

Crayola: Cornucopia Coloring Page

Hello Kids: Thanksgiving Cornucopia – Color online or print.

epuzzles.info: Traditional Thanksgiving Cornucopia – Select the puzzle, type a nickname, and start working the puzzle.

PuzzleMobi.com: Cornucopia Jigsaw Puzzle – Select how many pieces you want to play with and begin when you are ready.

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Popcorn Project

Popcorn is a fun food with a long history!

Here are some of the things we’ve done and resources we’ve used to learn about popcorn. If you like creating your own learning adventures as much as we do, you may find the following information helpful.


  • Find out how and where popcorn is grown and what type of corn used to make it.
  • *Watch a video about the history of popcorn.
  • Germinate popcorn seeds on a moist paper towel, inside a zip top bag. Grow your own popcorn plant.
  • *Watch a video of how popcorn is made.
  • Compare the volume of unpopped to popped popcorn.
  • Use your senses to learn more about popcorn and enjoy it a few different ways.
  • Tell popcorn related jokes and riddles.

*Note: Check the video section at the end of this post for a resource.

The following activities will require: 1 lb of popping corn, an ounce scale, 1 or more methods of popping corn kernels, a stopwatch, a way to record results (optional), measuring cups and spoons, bowls, cinnamon, milk, sugar or honey, spoon, nutritional yeast, olive oil, sea salt, an oil that can withstand high heat, extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil, herbs and spices of choice, and melted butter

Measurements & Volume

Measure out a tablespoon of unpopped popcorn and weigh it. Pop the kernels in a hot air popper, microwave, or in a covered pot with 1 tablespoon of a high temperature oil until the kernels stop popping.
Time the results with a stopwatch. We used two cooking methods and decided to find out which method popped first and fastest.
Weigh the popcorn to see if anything changed and talk about the results. Measure the fluffy kernels in a measuring cup to find out how much a small amount of unpopped kernels make.
Record your findings: In writing, as a drawing or on an audio/video device.
NoteWe used: A hot air popper and the stove top method. We compared the results of both methods and talked about them. We had two clear containers and added one type of popped corn to each one to do a side by side comparison of the volume difference. 
We used both methods for the following activities as well.

Sensory Learning
Popcorn is a very interactive food because it starts out so small and puffs up into something so much larger. Being aware of the the popping process by watching, listening and smelling gave us a lot of great information. 

Our methods of cooking gave us different information too.
 The hot air popper is quick and easy and delivers virtually flawless popcorn, but the unit gets really hot so caution is advised when using this method.
The stove-top method requires a lot more responsibility because you don’t want to burn yourself or the popcorn. Although, burnt popcorn comes with it’s own messy lesson too!
Watching, hearing and smelling the popcorn allowed us to hone our senses and the end results made a tasty treat. We compared how they both tasted and talked about that as well.

Once our popcorn was finished, we ate the fluffy kernels a few different ways.

As A Cereal
Did you know that people once ate stale popcorn for breakfast? 
We put some popcorn into a bowl with a little sugar or honey, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a little milk and gave it try.

Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional yeast is high in B vitamins and can be used as a topping for popcorn. It reminds me of Parmesan cheese. We spray our popcorn with extra virgin olive oil, add a little salt and nutritional yeast and mix to cover the kernels. This can be done in a covered container.

Cinnamon and Sugar
Cook popcorn in extra virgin coconut oil, and while it is hot, sprinkle it with a little cinnamon and powdered sugar and toss. A little melted butter can be drizzled on as well.

Herbs and Spices

Spray popcorn with a little olive oil, or a drizzle of melted butter, and add some of your favorite herbs and spices. Here are some of the things we use: Parmesan cheese, nutritional yeast, oregano, thyme, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cumin, salt, etc..

We ended our project with a movie, but if you would like to do more, the following resources have been provided.


The history of popcorn, educational resources, 
the science of popcorn, recipes and more.


ipe for a popcorn cake.

Martha Stewart: Crunchy Caramel Corn

Joy of Baking: Caramel Corn Recipe with Video 

Lesson Plans & Unit Studies

eThemes: Popcorn
Info for grades 4-10 

Grades 1-4 Unit study

October is national Popcorn month. Try out some of these activities.

This site offers activity suggestions and many other links to other popcorn related information and activities. Recipes, coloring pages, lesson plans, and more.

Homeschool Share: Popcorn At The Palace
Popcorn information and activities that reach across the curriculum.

Popcorn Science

How Stuff Works: Popcorn Plants
Grow a plant from popcorn kernels.

Free Kid Crafts: Indian Popcorn
Learn how you can make popcorn on the cob!
Scroll down to the second to last activity.

Crafts & Activities

Enchanted Learning: 

DLTK: Pop-Corn
A poem by Evaleen Stein


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Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving Activities by Fran W.

Thanksgiving – Connect to all the activities under this label to see a picture and begin reading the activity.

Three Sister Mat

An Introduction to the Three Sisters – Learn about the Three Sisters, companion planting and make a craft that features the sisters that can be used as a placemat or centerpiece.

Three Sisters: Corn – The first sister – Learn the Native American word for corn, link to corn related activities and instructions for a delicious homemade cornbread.

Colonial Pumpkin Pie

Three Sisters: Beans – The second sister – Bean experiments, recipe: Mixed Bean Soup, links to other bean related resources.

Three Sisters: Pumpkin – The third sister – Learn how colonists made pumpkin pie right in the shell, ideas for adding a modern twist topping, and pumpkin related resources.

Apple Research Project – Where are apples grown around the world and how? The resources on this page will answer these questions and others. Plus you will find experiments and a recipe for apple cider that tastes like warm apple pie in a glass!

Popcorn Project – How much fluffy popcorn can you get from a tablespoon of kernels or a 1/4 c? This project has learning suggestions, volume experiments, some fun ways to enjoy the final product and learning resources.

Turkey Cut-out

Fall Cut-Outs – Decorate your windows or walls with a Thanksgiving or Harvest theme.

Harvest/Thanksgiving Lantern 

A Brand New World – What would it be like to travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving? This activity offers guided questions to help you on your journey.

Harvest/Thanksgiving Lantern – Instructions for making a lantern with a Harvest or Thanksgiving theme. Makes a great centerpiece too!

Turkey Games and Activities

Turkey Game and Activities – Make a turkey container and play Thanksgiving related games with it. Template, instructions and suggestions include.

History of Thanksgiving – Make a Thanksgiving centerpiece of thanks, learn the history of the holiday and find links to Thanksgiving related resources.

Family Turkey Keepsake

The Mayflower – Learn about the Mayflower’s journey, find Mayflower related resources and learn how to draw the Mayflower as a cartoon.

Wild Turkeys – Learn about wild turkeys, link to turkey resources and make a family turkey craft.

Balloon twist turkey – Learn how to make a turkey or a pumpkin with twist balloons. Scroll down to get to the activity.

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Harvest/Thanksgiving Lantern

Harvest/Thanksgiving Lantern by Fran W

Make a lantern for harvest time, fall, and/or Thanksgiving!

You will need…

A clean milk carton, construction paper, craft knife, scissor, tissue paper, construction paper, glue, chenille stem, hole punch, pencil, ruler, glow stick

Optional: Serrated knife, craft foam, any kind of stickers, push pin, craft supplies, battery-powered candle

What to do…

Cut the carton down to desired size, glue construction paper to it, plot and cut out 1 circle or square on two sides of the carton, then pop two holes on either side and add the chenille stem handle.
For the middle of each opening, make a silhouette out of construction paper and glue it to the tissue paper. Glue the tissue paper to the inside of the carton so that your silhouette comes through when a glow stick or battery-powered candle is placed inside. Decorate the lantern with stickers, foam or construction paper cut outs and other craft supplies.

Tips and suggestions…

  • Cutting the milk carton down to size with a serrated knife can help to make a cleaner and more even cut. (Adult supervision suggested.)
  • To make a round opening in the side of the carton, trace around a lid or cup that fits in the middle. We used a frozen juice can lid.
  • Measure the circle or square from the bottom to make sure the openings are the same height, and measure around the sides to make sure they’re equal.
  • Avoid cutting the edges when making your opening.
  • After tracing out your opening for the silhouette, a push pin can be used to make tiny, close holes around the trace mark for easier cutting with a craft knife. 
  • To neaten up cut marks, consider making a border, as shown in the picture above.
  • This lantern can be made for any holiday or occasion or just because!
Examples: 4th of July

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Fall Cut-Outs

Fall Cut-Out by Fran W.

Fall cut-outs are a fun and creative way to accent a window or a wall.

To make a cut-out, you will need: 

Construction paper, a craft knife, pencil, tissue paper, glue and tape

What to do… 

Draw a picture on one side of your construction paper and use a craft knife to cut it out. Glue tissue paper on the same side. When the glue dries, hang it up! If you want, you can create a stained glass effect by layering other colors behind one color tissue paper, or use multiple colors to get a different look. 

Note of Warning: Child supervision may be needed when using a craft knife.

Use this activity for any season or holiday! Here are a couple of other suggestions for use:

Turkey Cut-out by Fran W.
Halloween Cut-out by Fran W.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Games and Activities

Thanksgiving Turkey Game Container by Fran W.

Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, asked me if I could come up with a Thanksgiving game for her and her family to enjoy. Not only did I come up with a turkey game container, I thought of a few other uses for it too!

To make this game container, you will need…

Clean, dry recycled milk/juice carton – 1/2 gallon size
Construction paper
Recycled cardboard box (cereal or cracker box)
Templates (locate on the bottom of this post)
Wiggly eyes
Depending on Activity: Ping pong ball, aluminum foil ball, extra feathers, battery powered candle or glow stick, plastic ware, napkins, nuts, candy, artificial flowers

What to do…

  • Cut out each of the template pieces and glue them to recycled cardboard to make patterns. Cut the patterns out when the glue dries.
  • Trace all the patterns onto construction paper and cut them out.
  • After cutting your carton down to fit the body of the turkey, cover all 4 sides with construction paper, then glue the rest of the parts together. The picture can be used as a guide.

Suggestions for gluing your parts together…

Tail: Lay all the feathers on the tail as evenly as possible, when you like what you see, glue them down. Center your carton and glue that down. The brown part of tail should be seen from the back. 

Front: After gluing all the pieces of the front together, and adding any extra details you want to add, glue the front to the carton.

Gluing Tip: When you are ready to add the carton to the back and front pieces of the turkey, you may find it helpful to run your hand inside the carton a few times and then place something heavy inside the carton until the glue sets up.

Thanksgiving Turkey Activities by Fran W.

Thanksgiving Turkey Games

Turkey Toss Game

Put the turkey in the middle of the table and bounce a ping pong ball into the container. Find challenging ways to get the ball in.
Alternately, you can toss aluminum foil rolled up into balls into the container.

Thanksgiving Trivia Game

If you make lots of extra feathers, you can make a trivia game with some of them. Use the turkey as a centerpiece and ask each family member to come up with 5 Thanksgiving facts that they find the most interesting about the holiday, and how it came to be, then turn them into questions. Write the questions and answers on the inside of the feather, fold the feather in half to close and place it in the container. Store the feathers with the trivia questions and answers in the container, and test each other’s Thanksgiving knowledge by pulling out a feather and reading the question. Give everyone a chance to guess the answer before the answer is read. Play it a few times to see how many facts everyone can remember. Point values can be added to keep score if desired.

Variation: Research Race

Object of the game…

In this version of Thanksgiving Trivia, a parent or a player is going to write questions that may not be known to the other players, on each feather, along with an answer, and assign a value to each question based on the number of players.
Example: If there are 5 players, the highest point value would be 5, 10, 15, 2
0, or 25 points, if there are 3 players then 3, 6, or 9 points would be given out and so on. 

Players should be able to find answers on their own or buddy up with another player who can help them out. Players will need to have access to information such as the Internet, books, or printouts with the correct answers. The first player/team to find the answer gets the full point value, the second to get the answer will get 1 point system less (depending on if you are playing by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, etc), the third will get 2 less and so forth. 

Choose a reader – The reader will read the question to everyone, collect everyone’s answers, give out points, and keep score. The most likely choice for the reader is the person who researched and wrote the questions on the feathers, but that is up to each family.

Players – Once the question is read, go into separate areas to find the answer. Once the answer is found, quietly write the answer down and return it to the reader as quickly as possible to collect your points. The player can whisper the answer in the readers ear or draw the answer when possible. Players should wait by the reader until all the others have finished. A reasonable time limit may be set if needed.

Once everyone brings the answer to the reader, the reader can ask another question and the play will begin again where all the player leave the room to find the answer, bring it to the reader to collect their points, and hang out to wait for the next question. What happens when a player doesn’t have the right answer? That is up to you to decide. Will they have to do it again or not gain any points?

Winner – Decide what the winning player/team gets…a night without chores, a special treat, an activity with mom or dad, etc. 

Feel free to change the rules to fit your needs.

I’ll start you off with 5 questions for Thanksgiving Trivia…

Q. When did the Pilgrims begin their journey?
A. July 1620

Q. When did the Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock?
A. December 1620

Q. Who helped the Pilgrims survive in the New World?
A.  Squanto and Samoset

Q. What US president made Thanksgiving an official national holiday?
A. Lincoln

Q. What is a baby turkey called?
A. A poult

Thanksgiving Charades

What do you think about when you think of Thanksgiving? Have family members come up with 5 words each or a total of 25 or more Thanksgiving words, write them down on feathers, fold them in half and place them in the container. Players can pull out a feather and act out the word so everyone can guess it. The person acting out the holiday icon can not speak, but they can act and give hints to words that sound like their word. 
Tip: Glue pictures from magazines or flyers onto the feathers so non-readers can play too! Stamps or stickers can also be used.

Here are a few words to help get you started…

Turkey, Pilgrim, Native American, bow and arrow, apple pie, family, Mayflower, parade, corn, musket, pumpkin, feather, thankful, stuffed, nuts…

Feathers of Thanks

Before adding the front of the turkey, ask family members to write down what they are thankful for on each feather. When all the feathers have something on it, glue the front of the turkey on. Store a bunch of feathers inside the container along with a marker and glue stick, when friends and family come by, ask them what they are thankful for, have them write it on a feather, and add it to the turkey as a second or third row of feathers.

Other uses…

Luminary: Put a glow stick or a battery powered candle in it and place it in the middle of the table.

Storage: Store napkins, plastic ware, nuts, candies or something else and place it on a table.

Floral Centerpiece: Place floral foam in the bottom of the container and use the container for artificial or real flowers.

Please leave a comment if you find another use for this container!

Turkey Decoration…

If you do not have a container to make this craft, follow the directions for making the templates, glue the turkey together, and hang it on a wall, or think of a way to prop it up on a table.

Betty Jo, I hope you and your family find this versatile turkey activity fun and useful for Thanksgiving! Thank you very much for reading Fran’s World of Discovery and for the request!

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you have a request or a topic you would like me to cover, please let me know! You can email your request to me, Fran at: fewzworld@gmail.com and I will get on it as soon as possible!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Game Templates
Click on the picture, then right click and save the file to your computer, open file and print.

Thanksgiving Turkey Game Pg 1
Thanksgiving Turkey Game Pg 2

Pumpkin Luminary

Pumpkin Luminary by Fran W

A pumpkin luminary is a great way to repurpose a water or milk jug for Halloween!

You will need…

Recycled milk or water jug, scissor, pencil, acrylic paint, paint brush, glue, and black construction paper

What to do…
Cut the handle off the back of a recycled water or milk jug with a scissor. See picture below.

Put down newspaper, paint the jug, and allow it to dry.

Illuminated Pumpkin by Fran W

Design a face for your pumpkin out of construction paper and glue it on the milk jug.

Illuminate with a battery powered candle or a glow stick.

Tip: If you want to use a real candle to light the pumpkin up, put sand or rice in the bottom before adding the candle. For a more festive feel, use a pumpkin pie scented tealight candle.

Alternate activity…

Turn your jug into a ghost, skull, cat, scarecrow, Frankenstein or something else. Add extra items such as tissue paper, yarn, straw, hat, scarf and other accessories to your design.

Cut Jug

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Fall Holidays and Events

Fall Activities that can be found on 
Funschooling & Recreational Learning



 1  Day of the Dead
 1  All Saints Day 
 2  All Souls Day
6 Election Day
Learn about Voting, Victoria Woodhull, Women’s Suffrage Movement
22 Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving activities

7 Pearl Harbor Day
Fall activities on Funschooling & Recreational Learning

Leaf activities

Fall activities on other sites…

Still Learning Something New
This site has an excellent list of “special” days every month, check out the September, OctoberNovember & December Special Days Calendars

This site offers learning calendars that feature DVD suggests for September, October,  November & December

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