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A Pounding Pumpkin Activity for Kids

by Rachel Withers
October 4, 2023
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Hammer pumpkins with wire brads or golf tees. Kids love the opportunity to use real tools and gain life skills with this fun pumpkin activity.

Updated September 2023

Pounding pumpkins is a great way to introduce younger kids to hammering. There is lower risk of injury and in my experience, lots of enthusiasm on the kid end!

Kids love using real tools and there’s nothing that makes my kids happier than when they are hammering away. Over the last few years, we get a nice big pumpkin for each of them to work on.

For toddlers, try golf tees and a wooden mallet. For preschoolers, a kids’ hammer and wire brads work great. After pumpkin season is over, you can continue hammering with Styrofoam from the recycling bin or graduate to more advanced projects with nails and wood.

Be sure to introduce tools and lay out the rules for how to use them safely. And don’t forget a pair of googles or safety glasses!

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Photo by Rachel Withers

Pounding Pumpkin Activity for Kids


Time needed: 15 minutes


  1. Gather supplies

    Get kids geared up in safety goggles and set out the appropriate “nails” and hammer. As mentioned above, decide on what tools are the best fit for your child’s age and skill level.

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  2. Pound away!

    Now here is the fun part – hammer away! Kids can pound nails all over the pumpkin. (Depending on your child’s age, he/she might require some adult assistance getting the golf tee started.)

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Our kids had a blast trying this pumpkin activity! If you’re looking for something different to do this Fall, give pumpkin pounding a shot!

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