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Pumpkin Seed Count

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Math Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center:

Math/Numbers/Reasoning

Topic:

Numbers

Content:

Mathematics

Area:

Cognitive

Age:

3 through 4 Years Old

Interaction:

Large Group

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Materials:

baking sheet
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon salt
cleaned pumpkin seeds



Instructions:

1. Place the baking sheet where the children can see it easily.
2. Have one child measure 1 tablespoon of oil and another child measure 1
teaspoon of salt into a bowl.
3. Ask the other children to take turns mixing the pumpkin seeds with the oil
and salt.
4. Cook for 30 minutes or until golden in a 400 degrees oven.
5. Let cool completely.
6. Count the pumpkin seeds with the children. Ask, “How many do we have all
together?”
7. Divide the pumpkin seeds equally among the children. Place the seeds in
individual paper cups.
8. Ask the children to count the seeds in their cups.
9. Eat the pumpkin seeds!


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