If you want to get REAL hands-on, this is some guidance on how to make Pumpkin Oobleck (slime). I think we did this in STEAMPunks last year but I was out of town (you can decide if this was by design-ha!) and Ms. Karen led the experiment. https://www.sunhatsandwellieboots.com/2011/10/sensory-play-pumpkin-goop-oobleck.html
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds are awesome, here are instructions with variations on seasonings but don’t be afraid to invent your own: https://wholefully.com/roasted-pumpkin-seeds-six-ways/
Or add mix-ins and create a custom trail mix: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robinson/pumpkin-seed-dried-cherry-trail-mix-recipe-1949341
Create your own with stuff you like in it and please forward us the recipe! Send it to youth@Lodilibrary.net and we might just share it with all the STEAMPunks!
I’ve always wanted to do this but never have, maybe this year is the year- An Accidental Pumpkin Patch! http://krystynbelle.com/garden-therapy/accidental-pumpkin-patch/
I’m a HUGE fan of the massive pumpkins, or as the scientists call them- cucurbita maxima. This article goes into all of it; the biology of it and the competitive sport of it- truly fascinating. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/surprising-science-giant-pumpkins-180957099/
If you can find this year’s record holder for largest pumpkin, send me a link and win a prize!
Here’s an article and video from 2009 of the largest GLASS pumpkin created at the Corning Museum of Glass. Amazing and so beautiful!! https://www.cmog.org/programs/seasonal/worlds-largest-glass-pumpkin
Its fun to look through all the amazing varieties, this is a nice slideshow: https://www.marthastewart.com/2124321/pumpkin-varieties
Make sure that you also visit a local stand! Here is the one your gift certificates came from! https://thepumpkinstand.com/ Tell us about other pumpkin stands that you love!
Q: Do pumpkins float?
A: Yes they do. (Do they really?? What do you think??)
Thank you to the United Way of Greater Rochester https://www.uwrochester.org/ and the United Way of Seneca County https://uwseneca.org/ for making these STEAMPunks Bags-to-Go possible. We are VERY grateful!