Pumpkins - Preschool & Kindergarten

Pumpkins

Halloween pumpkin black cat

Fingerplays/Songs

I Am A Pumpkin

I am a pumpkin big and round
Once upon a time I grew on the ground
But now I have mouth, two eyes and a nose
What are they for, do you suppose?
When I have a candle inside, shining bright
I'll be a jack-o-lantern on Halloween night!

I Am A Pumpkin poem worksheet

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said, "My it's getting late"
The second one said, "There are witches in the air"
The third one said, "But we don't care"
The fourth one said, "Let's run, let's run"
The fifth one said, "Oh it's only Halloween fun"
The Puff went the wind and out went the lights
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

Fingerplays/Songs

Mr. Pumpkin
Tune: Frere Jacques

Mr. Pumpkin, Mr. Pumpkin
Eyes so round, eyes so round
Halloween is coming,
Halloween is coming,
To my town, to my town.

Once There Was a Pumpkin

Once there was a pumpkin (Make small pumpkin with hands)
And it grew (Make bigger pumpkin)
And grew (Bigger)And grew (Bigger
Now it's a jack-o-lanternAnd it smiles at you (Point to smile< br>And you (Point to child)And you! (Point to next child)
I usually speed up and point to all the children.
And they point at each other and me!)

Art

Fingerpaint Pumpkins

Cut fingerpaint paper into pumkin shapes. Give each child two colors of fingerpaint (red and yellow) to discover what the new color will be made.

Pumpkin Pies

Cut round pie shapes out of orange construction paper. Set out small containers of powdered cinnamon and ginger in cups for each child. Have the children brush glue on their pie shapes. Then let them sprinkle the spices over the glue to create fragrant "pumpkin pies."

Pumpkin Patch

Have children fill paper lunch sacks with pieces of crumpled newspaper. Secure each bag with a twist tie, leaving about 1 inch of the bag gathered at the top.

Then have the children paint the bottom parts to their bags orange and the gathered parts green to create pumpkins with stems. When the pumpkins have dried, string them all together with green yarn to make a "pumpkin patch."

Group Time

Pass the Pumpkin Game

Put on a record. Use a small pumpkin. Have children sit in a circle and pass the pumpkin until the music stops. Child with the pumpkin gets a pumpkin sticker. Last child without a sticker gets to choose the next game and gets two stickers.

Paper Pumpkin Hunt

Hide paper pumpkins around the room and have children search for them.

Pumpkin, Pumpkin Round and Fat

Pumpkin, pumpkin, round and fat(Make big pumpkin with arms in front of body
Turned into a jack-o-lantern(Turn all the way around)
Just like that!(Clap hands)

Science

Personalized Pumpkins

Grow pumpkins in a garden. When the pumpkins are small and green (about the size of grapefruits) help the children scratch their names on the outsides with a nail (be sure to break the skin). As the pumpkins grow, scars will form over the scratches and the names will get bigger.

Sites to See

The Pumpkin Patch
Fill in the missing pumpkin letters

Make a pumpkin pattern (worksheet)

Crayola pumpkin pie match

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