A pumpkin math craft for fall. Great for working on multiplication facts and revising the concept of multiples.
I don’t know about you, but we are well and truly in the middle of pumpkin season. Porches all over our neighbourhood are decked out with pumpkins. So many so, in fact, that any time we go on a car journey these days, my kids start counting how many pumpkins they can see out the car window (fall themed math – what’s not to love?!).
Given that we have pumpkins on the brain, it seemed logical for my next math craft to be pumpkin-themed.
So, today, I bring you a ‘Pumpkin Multiples’ math craft, (available now in the Math, Kids and Chaos online store).
This one’s fun to make, it practises multiplication facts and helps with understanding the concept of multiples. Plus, it looks great on display.
Want to find out more? Read on for lots more details.
Tell me about this pumpkin math craft!
This activity makes for a fun way or practising multiplication facts and times tables. It also introduces the term ‘multiples’.
When it comes to multiplication facts, most children need to work on them regularly in order to keep them fresh in their mind. Because of this, revising multiplication tables can get old quite quickly, and it can sometimes feel hard to find lots of different and fun ways to practise them.
This pumpkin math craft not only practises multiplication facts, but also involves cutting, gluing and colouring. Children enjoy making things, and this activity combines a bit of creativity with some math too.
Once finished, these pumpkins looks lovely on display on your wall at home or, if you’re a teacher, on your math bulletin board at school.
What is included in this download
This digital PDF download has pumpkin templates for all multiplication tables from 2s up to 10s. This means you can fit this activity to suit whatever multiplication table your child (or students) needs to work on.
If you’re using this with a class of children, differentiation is easy: children can be working on different multiplication tables whilst all making the same craft.
This download also included colour versions of the pumpkin templates. Answer keys are included as well.
How to complete this pumpkin math craft
To start with you’ll need to print out the pumpkin template you want to use. You can choose to practise multiples of 2s, 5s, 10s, 3s, 4s, 6s, 7s, 8s or 9s.
Each pumpkin template consists of two pages: one with the pumpkin picture and another with the pumpkin seeds.
First, colour the pumpkin and the seeds. (It’s much easier to colour the pumpkin and seeds before all the gluing).
Now comes the math!
For each multiplication table, there are 14 seeds. Only 10 of these numbers are multiples of the given number. There are 4 numbers that are red herrings and do not belong on the pumpkin.
Find the 10 seeds with numbers that are multiples and cut these out. In our example, the 10x table, we will cut out the ten multiples of 10 like so:
Next, glue the ten seeds onto the correct spots on the pumpkin. So for example, you would glue the seed with the number 70 onto the spot that says 7 x 10.
Once you’ve glued all the seeds down, you’ll have a pumpkin that shows all the multiples of a particular number, in our case, multiples of 10:
To finish, you can cut out your pumpkin and your math craft is complete.
These finished pumpkins look really bright, colourful and look great stuck on the wall at home.
If you’re a teacher using these with a class of children, you can make your own math pumpkin patch display in your classroom.
Ready to get started with this pumpkin multiples math craft?
Not the right time of year for pumpkins? Then check out these other math crafts in case one of these fits the bill: