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Pumpkin Polishing and Fall Theme Link-Up

This week, I’m sharing a lesson I put together during my Montessori Training.  It’s been an old favorite in my home and in my classroom for years.  When it gets chilly and it’s time to go choose pumpkins, I always look forward to putting this work together.  The materials used for this activity can be used for all types of washing/polishing work.

Newly picked pumpkins are dirty, this Practical Life activity is very practical!

pumpkin polishing


  •   Water-safe tray
  •   Pumpkin (any size)
  •   Tiny bowl
  •   Towel
  •   Sponge
  •   Scrub Brush
  •   Soap
  •   Soap dish


  •   Get water from the sink, directly into the small bowl
  •   Wet brush, and shake the drops out
  •   Dip on soap lightly
  •   Scrub in circles, clockwise and counterclockwise
  •   Rinse brush and shake out the drops
  •   Use sponge to wipe off pumpkin in lines going towards you
  •   Use the towel to dry off the pumpkin tray and the pumpkin
  •   Pour tiny bowl into the sink away from you
  •   Dry out bowl with towel
  •   If towel is to wet for the next friend, get new towel for work and hang up wet towel
  •   Tidy up


Pumpkin washing is our family’s favorite way to greet Autumn.
NOW it’s your turn to share!  

Jessie is a Primary Montessori Teacher and Mom to twin three year olds and a five year old. Jessie has a Montessori blog at The Education of Ours, and can be found on Twitter. 

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Love this idea - will borrow this when we do pumpkins next week Thanks :)

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Tuesday 11th of October 2011

One of my FAVORITE autumn activities for preschoolers! Thanks so much the wonderful photos and directions, Jessie ... they make it so easy for anyone to prepare and present the activity! And great autumn link-up, too! I featured your pumpkin polishing photo and post in my Montessori-Inspired Pumpkin Unit at

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