Our poor plants looked nice for a couple of weeks. Then we had ice storms, blazing heat, tornado weather with severe winds, and sudden frosts over and over again. It was like being back in Oklahoma. While they still looked nice we brought them inside and made drawings of them with wet chalk. The kids enjoyed reading about plants and making a plant journal.
Since that time we are down to two measly plants that survived. One still in it's planter, the other one a survivor from some left over seeds we planted in the dirt patch behind our basketball goal. The kids are excited to see if either of them lives. I think they are both pumpkins.