Making rainbow colored pumpkin seeds is a fun fall preschool activity that we did for the first time this past weekend! They are made basically the same way as rainbow rice (which we have and keep in a big Sterilite container for a sensory bin – thank you, BusyToddler!).
Steps to make Rainbow Pumpkin Seeds:
- Take the seeds out of the pumpkin and wash them. I got two small pie-pumpkins from Trader Joes to roast and make pumpkin bread. Eliza was in charge of scooping out the seeds/pulp and putting them in a bowl of water to wash them off!
2. Next, we spread the seeds on a cookie sheet and baked them at 350 for about 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, we prepared little containers with around 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and a squirt of food coloring! Exact measurements are not necessary.
4. We evenly distributed the seeds in each cup and let them soak for about an hour (again, exact measurements not necessary).
5. After about an hour, we used a slotted spoon to move the seeds back to a paper towel-lined cookie sheet.
6. I was going to just let them air-dry but they weren’t drying fast enough for me so I ended up putting them back in the oven at 350 for another 15 minutes and they were perfect when they came out!
That is it! Super easy, and once they are dry they won’t stain your hands/clothes. Eliza and Oliver will use these for craft projects and preschool counting activities! It was a really fun way to explore pumpkins for a preschooler!
NEAT! I have always been an advocate of hands-on developmental appropriate learning! Keep up the great work, Mom