5 Little Pumpkins

I LOVE the fall…the crisp air, the Halloween decorations, the pumpkin recipes floating around pinterest, all of it!  As soon as socially appropriate, I drag my family to the pumpkin patch.  After choosing a few pumpkins to decorate the house, we head home and jump-start our fall activities. Perhaps my favorite fall activities center around the poem “Five Little Pumpkins.”  To that end, I thought it only proper that I share some of those activities with you (these activities may prove helpful with children at home or with students in the classroom).

Poem

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Classes adore this poem!  The cadence is easy to pick-up and the words are easy to remember. You’ll be surprised by how quickly you change from reciting the poem to your class to reciting the poem with your class.  The chart can be accessed here.

To extend the learning try the following activities:

  • Have students find words/letters
  • Have students find rhyming pairs
  • Have students create motions to go along with the poem
  • Use in your “read around the room” center

Song

For those children that love music (and who doesn’t?!) there are a number of versions on YouTube…here is my favorite!

Have your students:

  • Listen as a class
  • Use in your listening center

Book

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In the past, I found that using the poem and the book proved effective for my students.  They could recite the books before they could actually read them.  The pre-readers in your classroom will most likely feel successful with this book during independent reading time if you spend time learning the poem together prior.

Craft

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This little fall craft focuses on fine motor skills, literacy, and possibly math. 

Materials:

  • 1 piece of black construction paper
  • 1 piece of green construction paper
  • Safety scissors
  • Glue
  • 10 Popsicle sticks
  • Poem and pumpkin cutouts available for free here.
The assembly is fairly self-explanatory.  My daughter, Emma, first cut the grass under my supervision and then I helped her fold the green paper around the bottom of the black paper to achieve the desired length of grass.  Next, she created her gate (it’s interesting what 20 different gates look like created by 20 different children using the same materials!).  Then, she glued the poem where she wanted it and placed the pumpkins where she claimed they “belonged”.  Note: you can keep the pumpkins unattached and use them as adding and subtracting manipulatives later if you prefer. 

 

Number Matching Printable

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Regarding counting activities, here is a number matching printable that I created for this poem (yes…I know that the pumpkins only go up to five in the poem but I wanted the practice to go up to ten…trust me, I’m not crazy).  You can download the printable here.  

Activities include:

  • Matching number to quantity
  • Flip over for an advanced matching/memory game
  • Hand out and have students find their “partner”

 

FREE Five Little Pumpkin Printables:

Poem

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Craft pieces

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Matching cards

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I hope you find this post helpful and I hope these activities offer you constructive opportunities to further the learning process for your children in your classroom or your children at home.  Happy fall (I’m going to go drink some cider).

Clipart Credit: Microsoft Word

3 thoughts on “5 Little Pumpkins

  1. I have never really liked puntitg together costumes either. I’m not creative or crafty in the clothing department, and I hate dragging myself to Halloween costume shops. So really, Halloween for me is all about eating candy, watching scary movies, and hanging out with other people who hate puntitg together costumes. Maybe I’m not any fun either? Haha. I’d like to think I’m just more of a Thanksgiving/Christmas girl. Less energy into Halloween=more into those holidays? Yeah. That’s it.

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