Pumpkin - preschool lesson plans
Balloon Jack o Lanterns
Blow up an orange balloon and let the child use a black marker, stickers, or finger paint to create facial features. Ask the child how does the jack o lantern feel?
Pumpkin Punch Collage
Create many different pumpkins from a paper punch like the one to the left. Have the children glue these to a sheet of paper.
Pumpkin Punch Patterning
Create many different pumpkins from a paper punch like the one to the left. Have the children glue the pumpkins to a piece of paper and made a pattern, orange, yellow, orange, yellow.
Paper Plate Pumpkins
Have your child paint a paper plate orange. When dry, have the child glue on a brown or green piece of construction paper for the stem.
Paper Plate Pumpkins 2
Have your child tear bits of orange paper and glue them onto a paper plate, then have your child tear a piece of green or brown construction paper for the stem.
Each child should cut out a pumpkin shape from orange construction paper. Then either cut out facial features, or color them on with a black crayon. Paste to the bottom of a paper lunch bag. Then add a green construction paper stem.
Pumpkin Seed Art
Collect pumpkin seeds from inside a pumpkin. Let them air dry and have the children use the pumpkin seeds to make a collage.
Pumpkin Seed Shakers
You need: dried pumpkin seeds from inside your pumpkin, two paper plates (for each child) and a stapler. Have the children put some seeds on one of the paper plates (bottom side down). Next, have them place the other plate on top of the first plate (bottom side up). Help the children staple their plates together with the seeds inside. Let the children paint, use markers or crayons to decorate their shakers.
Have the children press the eraser of a pencil into a non-toxic orange ink pad, then press onto a sheet of paper. Repeat several times. After the ink dries, use a green pen to draw stems on the paper and draw vines to connect some of the pumpkins. (You can do this for younger children or have older children draw the vines and stems themselves.)
Have the children make orange fingerprints on a piece of paper. Use a non-toxic orange ink pad. Show the children how to use one finger at a time. Use a green pen to draw stems on the paper and draw vines to connect some of the pumpkins. (You can do this for younger children or have older children draw the vines and stems themselves.)
Paint a Pumpkin
Children can paint their own pumpkin with tempera paint.
Cut out different pumpkin shapes from tag board, lace or sandpaper. Tape a shape to the table. Have the child place a piece of paper over the shape and rub over the shape with the side of a crayon. Repeat with other shapes.
Pumpkin Stamp Patterns
Use the stamps to create a pattern, say orange, yellow, orange, yellow. Have the children create the same pattern on their own paper.
Pumpkin Stamp Patterns 2
Have the children create their own stamp patterns on strips of paper. Ask the child to tell you about the pattern.
Pumpkin Stamp Patterns 3
Create a pattern using stamps, have the child extend the pattern on the paper.
Pumpkin Stamp Sort
Use the pumpkin stamps with different colors of ink on index cards. Use one stamp per card. When the ink has dried, have the children sort the cards based on the color of the ink or the image.
Pumpkin Stamp Sort 2
Use the pumpkin stamps to make two images on each card. On some cards make the image the same, and on some make the images different. Have the children sort the cards into two piles, images that match and images that don't match.
Use the pumpkin stamps to create a set of memory cards. For a simple version, use a different color for each different shape. For a intermediate level, use the same colors for all the shapes. For an advanced level, use different colors and different shapes.
Obtain sponges that are pumpkin shaped. Have the children dip the sponges in a shallow container of paint, then press onto a piece of paper to make prints.
What is inside a pumpkin? Let the children explore the insides of a pumpkin. It's a great sensory experience.
Make pumpkin shaped sugar cookies. Have the children decorate with colored frosting after baking.
Cookie Cutter Prints
Obtain cookie cutters that are pumpkin shaped. Have the children dip the cookie cutter in a shallow container of paint, then press onto a piece of paper to make prints.
Pumpkin Cookie Cutter Patterns
Use the cookie cutters to create a printed pattern.
Have the children create the same pattern on their own paper.
Write the numbers 1 through 6 on small post-its and place them in the muffin tin holes. I used a giant muffin tin for this picture. Have the children place one candy pumpkin in the one space and two in the two and so on. You can do this same activity with pumpkin seeds.
Save the pumpkin seeds from a pumpkin. Boil 2 cups seeds in 1 quart water with 2 tbls salt for 10 minutes. Drain the seeds and toss them in 1 tblsp of butter. Spread the seeds on a baking pan, and bake for 30 minutes. Stir frequently.
5 little pumpkins finger play
Five little Pumpkins sitting on a gate
The First one said "Oh, my it's getting late!"
The Second one said "There are witches in the air!"
The Third one said "Well, we don't care!"
The Forth one said "We will run and run and run!"
The Fifth one said "We are ready for some fun!"
Whoooo oooo went the wind
And out went the light
and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!
Variation of song above
Five little witches stirring a Halloween brew
The First one said "There is nothing to do!"
The Second one said "Let's go out and have some fun!"
The Third one said "Halloween has begun!"
The Forth one said "Let's go out and "trick or treat"!"
The Fifth one said "We will get a lot of candy to eat!"
Whoooo oooo went the wind
And out went the light
and the five little witches flew out of sight!
sung to Have you ever seen a lassie?
If I could be a pumpkin,
a pumpkin, a pumpkin,
If I could be a pumpkin,
Which face would I have?
Sad or Happy
frightened or scary
If I could be a pumpkin,
I would scare you now.
sung to 10 little indians
1 little, 2 little, 3 little pumpkins,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little pumpkins,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little pumpkins,
10 little pumpkins for Halloween!
Where is pumpkin?
Where is Pumpkin? Where is Pumpkin?
Here it is! Here it is!
This one has a happy face, This one has a scary face!
Roll away, Roll away!
You can provide the children with pumpkin puppets (see art project) or let them use their own that they made. Have each child say what kind of face their pumpkin has.
(sung to Yes I am the muffin man)
Yes I am the Pumpkin man,
the pumpkin man, the pumpkin man,
Yes I am the pumpkin man,
Who has a silly face.
My little pumpkin
is round not flat
And if you step on it
It will go ker-splat. (clap hands)
Pumpkin Pie Test
Make and taste pumpkin pie with the children.
Have the children vote on whether they liked it or not. Create a graph of the results.
Use pumpkin shaped cupcake molds to create pumpkin cupcakes. Allow the children to use orange frosting to decorate.
Pumpkin Play Dough
Use playdough with pumpkin shaped cupcake molds or cookie cutters.
Mix 2 cups water with a little orange food coloring, add 6 cups of cornflour/cornstarch to make pumpkin ooze.
Have each child fold a piece of orange paper in half so that the two longest sides are together. Have the children cut slits in the paper starting at the fold and going almost to the edges. Have the children make four or five slits. Then roll up the paper connecting the two shorter sides with tape or glue. Then the children may glue a strip of green paper to the top of the lantern for the handle. Finally, the children can draw a pumpkin face or glue on shapes cut from black or yellow paper to create a Jack O' Lantern.
Pumpkin Balloon Prints
In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of orange tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Inflate a small balloon to a size which will easily fit in the palm of your child's hand. Show your child how to "dip" the balloon in the paint and press firmly onto a piece of paper. This is messy, but the results are wonderful. After the paint has dried, the children can add faces with black paint and green ribbon can be used for the stem.
You can use these numbers for your calendar. Children can place the cards in order. You can make your own calendar cards but cutting out pumpkin shapes and gluing them on square cards. Then place black sticker numbers on each card.
Other ideas for these pumpkin cutouts:
-Write the numbers one through five, one on each pumpkin. Have the children place the pumpkins in order.
-Write the numbers one through five, one on each pumpkin. On a second set, draw dots to represent the numbers one through five. Have the children pair up the numbered pumpkins with the dotted pumpkins.
-Draw circles on each pumpkin front, one through five. Have the children place candy pumpkins in the circles and count how many pumpkins they placed on the pumpkin.
Children can sort the pumpkins by size or by their facial features. You can make your own pumpkin sort game as well but creating different sized pumpkin shapes from orange card stock and drawing on the face with black markers.
- Buy two sets of these cards and have the children find the matches.
- Buy two sets of these cards and have the children play memory.
- Buy two sets of these cards. Pass out the matches (if you have 12 children, use 6 matches, if you have an odd number of children, then you should include yourself) and have the children try to find the other person with their match.
Add a couple of drops of orange food coloring to milk to create "pumpkin juice".
Pumpkin Bean Bag Fun
Have the children toss the bean bags into a laundry basket.
Add the bean bags to the block area.
Use the bean bags with a parachute. Place the bean bags on the parachute and have the children try to shake the bean bags off or have them try to keep them on.
Have the children toss the bean bags into a pumpkin shaped piece of cardboard.
Cut out a Jack O Lantern shape from cardboard. Cut out large eyes and mouth shapes. Paint it orange. After dry, have the children toss bean bags into the eyes and mouth.
Have the children balance bean bags on their head on the back of their hand or on their elbow.
Play hot potato with the bean bag.
Glowing Jack O' Lanterns - Check out this awesome idea from "Not So Idle Hands"