We found a nice medium-sized pumpkin that was “just right” for our little Goldilocks, Nora, at the grocery store pumpkin patch. I would have gladly visited a real pumpkin patch, but there doesn’t seem to be one here in Pasadena. My good friend MollyK, who taught kindergarten for many years encouraged us to use the pumpkin patch excursion as an exercise in using descriptive words and making comparisons. Pumpkins and gourds come in lots of sizes, shapes, colors, and textures. Nora liked feeling the knots and twists on the different gourds, but I think her baby sister liked it more.
Later, I made a drawing of the life cycle of a pumpkin for her to color and we had a chat about where pumpkins really come from (not the grocery store). As Nora colored hers she insisted that the pumpkins in her patch were PINK. Here is my humble rendering of the life cycle of a pumpkin.