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EHS Pumpkins

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

Changes to Environment

Orange Playdough, Paper, Crayons, Felt, Markers, Paint, etc Pumpkin Cookie Cutters Pictures of Pumpkins Books about pumpkins Recipe cards Plastic Pumpkins Pie Pan Pumpkin File Folder Game Pumpkin Stamps Pumpkin Print Material Scale Ruler Empty food containers that had pumpkin in it Empty pumpkin spice bottle Plush pumpkin Water Table: orange water, plastic pumpkins, orange spoons, orange bowls, ruler, etc Sensory Table: orange moon sand, small pie pans, pumpkin shapes ice cube tray, pumpkin cookie cutters, orange spoons, orange bowls, leaves, shovels, large orange pom poms

Teaching Concepts for Indoor Experiences

1. Look at pictures of pumpkins, using magnifying glasses look at the shape, texture and color of the pumpkin

2. Look at pictures of the life cycle of the pumpkin, put in order 3. Pumpkin file folder game


4. Look at all the different things you can do with a pumpkin. 5. Draw/paint a picture of a pumpkin 6. Glue orange tissue/construction paper on pumpkin shape 7. Stamp with pumpkin stamps 8. Use pumpkin cutters to cut playdough 9. Point and name the parts of the pumpkin. 10. Pumpkin Nutrition Activity (for 12mths and up, list under Special Activities on Lesson Plan)

11. Pumpkin Investigation Tray

Let kids explore the inner workings of a pumpkin. A preschool pumpkin activity that makes great science and sensory play!



12. Pour Paint Pumpkins

A painted pumpkin tutorial for preschoolers that is quick and easy but with an incredible outcome. ​Pour painting pumpkins is a great way for preschoolers to decorate their own pumpkins using vibrant colors and it's a ton of fun! AA painted pumpkin tutorial for preschoolers that is quick and easy but with an incredible outcome. ​Pour painting pumpkins is a great way for preschoolers to decorate their own pumpkins using vibrant colors and it's a ton of fun!



13. Label Parts of the Pumpkin



14. Pumpkin Wash

Grab a large pumpkin or a few varied smaller pumpkins and place on top of a large towel or sheet. Fill a bucket/ bowl with warm soapy water and allow your little ones loose with a clean cloth. Supervise children appropriately during activity.



Teaching Concepts for Outdoor Experiences

1. Pumpkin Toss 2. Fishing for pumpkins 3. Pumpkin hunt 4. Pumpkin roll (roll plastic pumpkins to see who’s can go the farthest)5. Pumpkin crawl6. Hot pumpkin (played like “hot potato”) 5. Ring Around the Pumpkin (put a pumpkin in middle of circle and children sing: Ring around the pumpkin, pocket full of seeds, pumpkin, pumpkin, we all fall down) Teaching Concepts for Music Movement Wellness IMIL

1. Did You Ever See A Pumpkin? (tune: Did You Ever See A Lassie) Did you ever see a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin? Did you ever see a pumpkin with no face at all? With no eyes and no nose and no mouth and no teeth? Did you ever see a pumpkin, with no face at all? So I made a Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lanter, Jack-O-Lantern So I made a Jack-O-Lantern with a big funny face. With big eyes and a big nose and a big mouth and big teeth. So I made a Jack-O-Lantern with a big funny face. 2. The Pumpkins Are Here (tune: Farmer In The Dell) The pumpkins are here, the pumpkins are there. The pumpkins, the pumpkins are everywhere. The pumpkins are up; the pumpkins are down. The pumpkins, the pumpkins are all around. The pumpkins are in; the pumpkins are out. The pumpkins, the pumpkins are all about. The pumpkins are low; the pumpkins are high. The pumpkins, the pumpkins all say, “Good-bye.” 3. The Pumpkin Vine I looked out my window and what did I find? Gree-een leaves a-growing on my pumpkin vine. Gree-een leaves a-growing on my pumpkin vine. I looked out my window and what did I find? Yeell-llow flowers a-growing on my pumpkin vine Yeell-llow flowers a-growing on my pumpkin vine. I looked out my window and what did I find? Blaa-aack bugs a-crawling on my pumpkin vine Blaa-aack bugs a-crawling on my pumpkin vine. I looked out my window and what did I find? Puu-uumpkins growing on my pumpkin vine Puu-uumpkins growing on my pumpkin vine. 4. Pumpkin (tune: I’m A Little Teapot) I’m a little pumpkin Orange and round Here is my stem, There is the ground. When I get all grown up. Scream and shout It is time To scoop me out! 5. Where is My Pumpkin? (tune: Where is Thumbkin?) Where is my pumpkin? Where is my pumpkin? Here it is! Here it is! Happy Jack-O-Lantern Happy Jack-O-Lantern Looks like this. Looks like this. (make happy face) Where is my pumpkin? Where is my pumpkin? Sad Jack-O-Lantern Sad Jack-O-Lantern Looks like this. Looks like this. (make sad face) (repeat song using different emotions) 6. The Pumpkin On The Vine (tune: Farmer In The Dell) The pumpkin on the vine, The pumpkin on the vine. I picked the one that weighed a ton, And that’s the one that’s mine. I made two funny eyes, A mouth that’s oversize The other gook my mother took For baking pumpkin pies. The pumpkin on the vine, The pumpkin on the vine, I picked the one that weighed a ton, And that’s the one that’s mine. 7. Pumpkin Trees It’s harvest time & what do I see? Pumpkins, pumpkins in a tree! In a tree? That can’t be! Where, oh where, should pumpkins be? On the ground? Yes, on the ground! That’s where pumpkins should be found ! Teaching Concepts for Fingerplays

1. Five Little Pumpkins Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate (hold five fingers up) The first one said “Oh my it’s getting Late” (hands on cheeks) The second one said “There’s a chill in the air” (arms around self) The third one said “But we don’t care” (swing pointer finger) The fourth one said “We’re ready for some fun!” (hands in the air) The fifth one said “Let’s run, run, run!” (running motion) So woooo went the wind, and out went the lights, (hug self) And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight! (rolling motion with hands) 2. Pick A Pumpkin Pick a pumpkin from the vine (pretend to pick a pumpkin) Pumpkin round, pumpkin fine. (gesture to indicate “big and round”) Pick a pumpkin from the vine (pretend to pick pumpkin) Let’s pick pumpkins all the time! (gesture, “come with me!”) (repeat) 3. Once There Was a Pumpkin Once there was a pumpkin (make fist with hands) And it grew (make fists wider) And grew (bigger) And grew (bigger) Now it’s a jack-o-lantern And it smiles at you (point to smile) And you (point to friend) And you (point to friend) 4. Cut Into a Pumpkin Cut into a pumpkin (make motion as if cutting) Scoop it with a spoon (make scooping motions) Carve a little mouth that looks like a moon (pretend to cut moon) Cut two little eyes to twinkle (pretend to cut eyes) And a big three-cornered once (pretend to cut nose) Use 10 shiny seeds for teeth Place them in grinning rows (hold 10 fingers up) Light a little candle (pretend to light candle) And when the shadows fall Set the jolly fellow in the darkest hall (pretend to set pumpkin down) Listen for the laughter as folds spy him (put hand behind ear) Grinning down at us all! (point at smile)

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