5 Little Pumpkins


One of our Halloween favorites is Five Little Pumpkins.  This is the classic chant that everybody knows.  It's short and sweet and easy for a preschooler to memorize.  "Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate, the first one says 'Oh my, it's getting late'..." All five pumpkins say something and then they roll out of sight.
We made our own five little pumpkins out of paper lunch bags.  We painted them and drew on faces, stuffed newspaper in and tied it with a pipe cleaner. 
Then we lined up the pumpkins on our "gate" and knocked them over one by one with a ball.  This was a huge hit.  They played for a long time, eventually throwing the pumpkins at each other, but they were having fun.
Lainey is like her mama.  She didn't think it was logical to stand so far back so she just got right up there and used the ball to knock over the pumpkins.

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17 comments:

  1. What a cute project for little ones - 2 projects in 1. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. What a fun idea!!
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  3. Love the 5 Little Pumpkins story. I do it every year with my students. It's such an easy, simple story like you siad. This activity just makes it 10 times better. I absolutely love this activity. I will be taking this one back to school with me. Fabulous. I'm all for a DIY craft activities at home and in school. So much fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. What a fun craft and activity! I love love love it!! Clever you. Bet the kids adored it!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  5. I teach storytime at our library so your book/craft ideas are awesome! Thanks for visiting me so I could find you! :)

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  6. They are super adorable.. :)) What a lovely post. LOVE that book :))

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  7. What a fun idea!! I love activities & crafts based on books! I would love for you to link up http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties

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  8. Oh I know a little 4-year who would LOVE this! Thanks for a great idea. And thanks for stopping by my blog as well.

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  9. My little one would love knocking these over with the ball! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

    Melanie
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  10. Great idea for getting them outside to play this time of year! Would love for you to come share this at the Outdoor Play Party! http://mamapeapod.blogspot.com/2011/10/outdoor-play-linky-party-is-back.html

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  11. Thanks! Hope to see you back this Friday!

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  12. These are really cute! Great idea :) Thanks for linking up - hope to see you again this week to link up your kids' Halloween costumes!

    www.onetoughmom.blogspot.com

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  13. Such a perfect craft & activity for the little ones! Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday @ Mom On Timeout! Hope to see you again tomorrow :)
    - Trish @ Mom On Timeout

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  14. Don't get shocked... I've never heard this rhyme before! I'm an Aussie, and we don't get into our pumpkins as much as you guys do in the US :) It's a cute song though, I might have to use it sometime. I love the paper bag pumpkins, I can see that idea being used for lots of other similar rhymes.

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  15. What kind of paint was used on the bags?

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    1. We used Crayola washable paint in the little plastic jars. I think they come in 12 packs.

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