Friday, October 7, 2011

Perfectly Pumpkins!

I don't know about you but I love fall! And October is one of my favorite months. With cooler weather, Halloween, hayrides and autumn colors, what's not to love? Know what one of my favorite things about October is? Pumpkins! Here are some fun facts about pumpkins you might not have known...

- Pumpkins are a fruit
- Pumpkins are 90% water
- Pumpkins can weigh as little as one pound or as much as 1,000 pounds
- Roasted pumpkin seeds are a delicious snack
- The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds
- The name pumpkin comes from the Greek word "pepon," which means "large melon."

Next week I'll tell you about pumpkin carving and making jack-o-lanterns, so mosey on over here again and check it out!

Different trees grow different kind of leaves, and during this time of year, those leaves like to change colors and fall to the ground. This weekend, go outside and find five different shaped leaves. Be sure to stay away from poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac! They can make you itch and cause a rash. Look at the pictures below so you know not to touch those. After you've collected your leaves, try to figure out what kind of tree they came from. Then trace them on a piece of white paper and color them. Don't forget to sign your artwork!

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