Oh my, yes. Dissecting. What a great way to talk with kids about the importance of seed development, discuss the process of plant maturation, harvest, and use.
Interested in doing something similar? Here's what the process looked like at our house:
First we gathered supplies. They inclued (clockwise, from the top left corner of the below photo): pans for seeds and pulp (these are burner covers, are the same ones I use for sand letters, and are about 99 cents each at home supply stores), a food scale, clipboards, a large household scale, some small cups for investigation, child tweezers, brushes (or any other instrument you have on hand) for pulp manipulation, tape measure, pumpkins and gourds of various sizes. [For this project, we choose one large and one medium pumpkin, plus one small gourd.]
After I took this picture I remembered that I should also include knives- children's and adult's versions, and metal spoons for scooping. We also made small folded paper "books" to record our findings at each step of the process.
Then we weighed our pumpkins. Our large one measured up just fine, but our medium and smaller pumpkins registered "zero" on the scale. We discussed whether or not they really weighed nothing... or maybe just weighed less than this particular scale could measure. We questioned whether or not we just needed a more sensitive scale.
Big one does just fine on the large scale...
Mommy did the cutting with a large knife, top off only so the children would have a chance to draw what they saw when just the top was removed from the pumpkin.
...aaaaaand then we got carried away and just piled everything that we could onto the scale.