Squash Dissection

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In this activity, learners will dissect a pumpkin or winter squash to learn the parts of the plant. This activity gets your learner hands on with every part of the plant and will be messy. Activity includes step-by-step instructions, vocabulary, diagrams and matching video. Safety note: Adult supervision is recommended while using sharp objects. Adults may want to cut the squash open for the learner.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • one whole squash - pumpkin, acorn, butternut or similar
  • sharp knife
  • bowl
  • paper towels or kitchen towel


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


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