This activity combines the joys of sensory play with an engaging STEM learning opportunity. You will need a large tub of water, several small pumpkins, a knife for slicing, and small toys to float in the pumpkin boats. Cut off the tops of each pumpkin and scoop out the insides. Then, place them into a large container of water and encourage children to put different items inside each boat.
If you’re working with toddlers or younger children, you will likely want to prepare this activity beforehand, while older children might be interested in helping to scoop out all of the insides to create the boats! As a bonus, if you’re looking for a way to use the leftover pumpkins tops, save them to be used as stamps in a future art project!