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Friday, November 6, 2009

Preschool Corner: Pumpkin Time!

I know ~ technically, the whole pumpkin theme is sooo last month, but it is still fall, so that's ok too! :) One of my favorite books about pumpkins is It's Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall. I've had this book on our shelf before I had kids of my own and LOVE it. While I was pulling together ideas, I remembered that Itty Bitty Bookworm had a unit on it {Bo, Year 1 ~ October}, so I pulled that out and filled in the rest of my plans using ideas from that unit.

And I know that I'm messing around with the alphabet, but I've gone in order for 3 years now...and I needed a little change!

Alphabet Book

We made our own little pumpkin patch by painting our fingers/knuckles with orange paint and then pressing it onto the paper. Zachary added some stems onto the pumpkins and then used some green ribbon to make a vine in his little patch.


~ Paper Strip Pumpkins. Even our girls wanted to make some of these! They were so incredibly simple to make too! You can get the full direction here.

~ Paper Plate Pumpkins. We made small pumpkins by painting a small paper plate orange. We also used this activity as a lesson for mixing colors. Zachary used red and yellow paint to make the orange for the pumpkin.


~ Pumpkin Spice Playdough ~ We cooked up a big batch of this yummy smelling playdough! The house smelled great after cooking it and the kids played with it for hours! You can find the recipe here. We have it stored in our refrigerator to use again too!

~ Pumpkin Seeds ~ I'm sure it's no big surprise to know that we made our own pumpkin seeds, is it? The kids were so excited to help out cleaning them and cooking them. Not so excited in eating them. {grins}


~ What's Inside? This is an activity from Itty Bitty Bookworm where we made predictions about what we would find inside the pumpkin when we opened it up. It definitely wasn't what Zachary expected! Zachary also made a cute little pumpkin using yarn and pumpkin seeds when we were done.

~ Uppercase/lowercase Letter Sorting ~ Erica @ Confessions of a Homeschooler made some great printables for kids to sort uppercase and lowercase letter "P's".


~ A Penny for Your Pumpkin ~ You'll have to ignore the lack of excitement that this picture shows, because REALLY Zachary had so much fun playing this little money game with me. In fact, we played it four times in a row and he still wants to do it!

I pulled out five mini-pumpkins and two big pumpkins and then gave Zachary a variety of coins: 2 pennies, 2 nickels, a dime and a quarter. We talked about the different coins and their names and then recited this little rhyme I found in my songs/rhymes box from years ago:

Five orange pumpkins in a pumpkin patch.
You know, the kind that are big and round and fat!
Along came Zachary with a {penny} to pay,
He bought a pumpkin and took it away!

Zachary got to choose the pumpkin he wanted to buy and had to hand me the correct coin that we named in the rhyme. Much fun!!

~ How Many Seeds? ~ We used this game from Itty Bitty Bookworm and put the correct number of seed and number cards together to make a little book together.

~ Seeds in the Pumpkin ~ I handed Zachary number cards and he put the correct number of seeds into each of the little pumpkins we have.

~ Pumpkin Patterns ~ We used the pattern cutouts from Itty Bitty Bookworm to make patterns {pumpkin, leaf, etc....}

~ Pumpkin Size Sorting ~ We had fun using this great printable from Erica @ Confessions of a Homeschooler.


~ How a Pumpkin Grows
~ The book It's Pumpkin Time! is all about the life cycle of a pumpkin, so we talked a lot about how plants/pumpkins grow. I had some sequencing cards already on hand, but Itty Bitty Bookworm provides some in the curriculum unit also.

Songs and Rhymes

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said, "Oh my! It's getting late!"
The second one said, "We don't care."
The third one said, "There are leaves in the air."
The fourth one said, "We're ready for some fun!"
The fifth one said, "Let's run and run!"

The whoosh went the wind and out went the light,
and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

On Our Shelf

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  • Great pumpkin unit - it looks like you did everything possible with your pumpkins. A penny for your pumpkin is my favorite from your post :)

    By Blogger Natalie PlanetSmarty, At November 6, 2009 at 1:09 PM  

  • I didn't have a chance to comment this morning, but I've been thinking about your great ideas in this post!! I can't wait to make those paper strip pumpkins and play the money game you described! DD would love it - will work great with our thanksgiving unit! :)

    By Anonymous Kristi_runwatch, At November 6, 2009 at 1:35 PM  

  • LOL, I thought about doing a Pumpkin theme next week! I love your counting activities with the seeds.

    By Blogger Frugal Sara, At November 6, 2009 at 2:52 PM  

  • So glad the curriculum was helpful!

    Love the paper strip pumpkin. Too cute!

    By Blogger Tara Broman, At November 6, 2009 at 9:13 PM  

  • I like the paper strip pumpkins, they look great. After seeing a blog post (on Her Cup Overfloweth) I used the same technique with photos to celebrate the year that was. I hung the photo baubles on some festive ribbon.

    I think my little girl would really enjoy the penny for your pumpkin game.

    I really enjoyed reading all of your creative ideas you came up with for pumpkins. I find working with a theme seems to get the brain into gear and the creative juices flowing. We have been doing a horse theme all week and I have posted our activities on my blog.

    By Blogger Elise, At November 6, 2009 at 9:33 PM  

  • WOW! What a great and extensive use of pumpkins. Very cool! New to your site, but can tell I will like it very much. Just so you know, I just made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from a recipe my friend passed along. It's on my page, if you should need one more... HA!

    By Blogger Kristine, At November 6, 2009 at 10:47 PM  

  • LOL - I love that little pumpkin song. Very cute.

    By Blogger Deborah, At November 8, 2009 at 5:38 PM  

  • I love this blog! The Pumpkin playdough is a tradition at our house, lots of fun. I noticed that you use Draw Write Now as part of your curriculum. Is that for first grade? Thanks for all the ideas!

    By Blogger Amy, At November 9, 2009 at 10:01 PM  

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