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A Pounding Pumpkin Activity for Kids

by Rachel Withers
September 26, 2022
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Hammer pumpkins with wire brads or gulf tees. Kids love the opportunity to use real tools and gain life skills with this pumpkin activity.

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 happily hammering away. Over the last few years, we get a nice big pumpkin for each of them to work on.

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For toddlers, try gulf tees and a wooden mallet. For preschoolers, a kids hammer wire brads, work great. After pumpkin season is over, you can continue with styrofoam from the recycling bin or graduate to other woodworking projects with nails and wood.

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

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Pumpkin Activity for Kids



Time needed: 15 minutes.

  1. Gather supplies

    Get kids geared up in safety googles 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. pounding pumpkin activity

  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 gulf tee started.)pounding pumpkin activity for kids

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