Preschool Pumpkin Theme
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Songs, Poems & Fingerplays (cont.)

Use Halloween head bands purchased from U.S. Dollar Store with different halloween characters, There was a bat, skull, devil, spider, and pumpkin.

Five Little Spooks

Five little spooks jumping on the bed
the (bat) fell off and bumped his head
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said "No more spooks jumping on the bed."

Continue until there is only one child standing with a head band on.

One little spook jumping on the bed
He fell off and bumped his head
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said "Put those spooks straight to bed."

~Submitted by Pat from Windsor

Pumpkin - sung to "The More We get Together"

Oh once I had a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin
Oh once I had a pumpkin with no face at all.
With no eyes and no nose and no mouth and no teeth
Oh once I had a pumpkin with no face at all.

So I made a Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern, Jack-O-Lantern,
So I made a Jack O Lantern with a big funny face.
With 2 eyes and one nose and one mouth and a few teeth
So I made a Jack O Lantern with a big funny face.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

The Pumpkins Are Here - sung to "The 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!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Halloween Game - sung to "The Farmer in the Dell"

The pumpkin in the patch,
The pumpkin in the patch,
Hi-Ho on Halloween
The pumpkin's in the patch!

The pumpkin takes a bat,
The pumpkin takes a bat
Hi-Ho on Halloween
The pumpkin takes a bat.

The bat takes a witch
The bat takes a witch
Hi-ho on Halloween
The bat takes a witch

The witch takes a ghost
The witch takes a ghost
Hi-Ho on Halloween
The witch takes a ghost.

The ghost says "Boo!"
The ghost says "Boo!"
Hi-Ho on Halloween
The ghost says "Boo!"

(We sometimes play this during our Halloween party, when the children are in costume. We call them by character--princess, queen, ninja, etc.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Harvest Poem

When all the cows were sleeping
And the sun had gone to bed,
Up jumped the pumpkin,
And this is what he said:

I'm a dingle dangle pumpkin
With a flippy floppy hat.
I can shake my stem like this,
And shake my vine like that.

When all the hens were roosting
And the moon behind a cloud,
Up jumped the pumpkin
And shouted very loud:

I'm a dingle dangle pumpkin........

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin BrightBRIGHT

Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin bright,
When the goblins ride tonight,
Guide me with your kindly light,
Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin bright.

Pumpkin. pumpkin, pumpkin grin,
Cheshire cat and tiger kin,
Night without and light within,
Dancing, dancing, pumpkin grin.

Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin head,
When my "Tricks or Treats" are said,
Will you light me to my bed,
Kind old father pumpkin head?

Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin pie,
I'm so sad that I could cry;
Why dear papa lantern, why
Must you end as pumpkin pie?

Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin bright,
Autumn lantern in the night;
You'll be back next year all right?
Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin bright

N. M. Bodecker

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

We Are Pumpkins Big and Round - sung to "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

We are pumpkins big and round, big and round, big and round;
We are pumpkins big and round, sitting on the ground.
See our great big shiny eyes, shiny eyes, shiny eyes;
See our great big shiny eyes, looking right at you.
See our great big laughing mouth, laughing mouth, laughing mouth,
See our great big laughing mouth, smiling right at you.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pumpkin song - sung to "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 cut up,
Don't you shout!
Just open me up
And scoop me out!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Mr. Pumpkin - sung to "Where is Thumbkin?"

Mr. Pumpkin,
Mr. Pumpkin,
Round and fat.
Round and fat.
Harvesttime is coming.
Harvesttime is coming.
Yum, yum, yum.
That is that!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Once I Had A Pumpkin - sung to "Did You Ever See a Lassie?"

Once I had a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin,
Once I had a pumpkin, with no face at all.
With no eyes and no nose, and no mouth and no teeth.
Once I had a pumpkin with no face at all.
So I made a jack-o-lantern, a jack-o-lantern, a 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 with big teeth.
So I made a jack-o-lantern with a big funny face.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

I Saw A Pumpkin Face So Glad - sung to "This Is the Way"

I saw a pumpkin face so glad, face so glad, face so glad.
I saw a pumpkin face so glad.
It's Halloween in October.

Variations:
1. Repeat verse 1, inserting "face so mad" or "face so sad."
2. Repeat same sequence (three verses) including the above variation of emotion, but substitute ghost or "cat" for word pumpkin.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

I Am A Jolly Jack-O-Lantern

Ho! Ho! little folks (Stand or sit with hands on hips)
Don't be afraid.
I am a jolly jack-o-lantern
Out of a pumpkin made.
When I was a pumpkin fat,
(Clasp hands before stomach in large pumpkin formation)
Out in the fields I lay
(Swing pumpkin out to left)
Until a little laddie came And carried me away
(Move pumpkin slowly to right)
He cut a slit for each eye
(Point to eyes)
And another for a nose
(Point to nose)
Then carved a great big grinning mouth
(Hold right forefinger before mouth)
With teeth in funny rows
He put a candle in my head
(Place candle on top of head)
And let the light stream through,
And said, "Oh, Jack-o-lantern
(Hold hands on hips)
Won't I have fun with you!"

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

The Pumpkin On The Vine - sung to "The Farmer in the Dell"

The pumpkin on the vine,
The pumpkin on the vine,
I picked the one that weighed a ton,
And that't 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.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

In a Pumpkin Patch - poem

Three little pumpkins laying very still
In a pumpkin patch on a great big hill.
The first pumpkin said, "Oh, my I'm very, very green
But I'll be orange by Halloween."
The second one said, "Oh, me! Oh, my!
Today I'll be a pumpkin pie."
The third one said, "Oh, I am on my way
To be a jack-o-lantern gay."

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

October Time

October time is pumpkin time,
The nicest time of the year.
When all the pumpkins light their eyes
(encircle eyes)
And grin from ear to ear.
(big grin)
Because they know at Halloween
They'll have lots of fun,
Peeking through the windowpanes
(put hands over eyes and look)
Watching children run!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pumpkin Man - sung to "The Muffin Man"

Have you seen the pumpkin man,
The pumpkin man, the pumpkin man,
Have you seen the pumpkin man,
Who lives in pumpkin patch?

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Cut Into A Pumpkin - Fingerplay

Cut into a pumpkin (Make motion as if cutting)
Scoop it with a spoon (Make scooping motion)
Carve a little mouth that turns endwise like a moon (Pretend to cut a moon)
Cut two eyes to twinkle
And a big three-cornered nose.
Use for teeth, 10 shiny seeds
Place them in grinning rows (Hold up ten fingers)
Light a little candle
And when the shadows fall
Set the jolly fellow in the darkest hall. (Pretend to set the pumpkin down)
Listen for the laughter as folks spy him (Put a hand behind your ear)
Grinning down at us all!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Flannelboards

Five Orange Pumpkins

(Make 5 orange pumpkins for the flannelboard: GIANT, large, medium, small and tiny and a ghost.)

Once there were 5 orange pumpkins growing in a pumpkin patch. There was a GIANT pumpkin, a large pumpkin, a medium pumpkin, a small pumpkin and a tiny pumpkin. (Put them on the flannelboard one by one.) A man came by and looked at the five pumpkins. He picked up the giant pumpkin. "This will be a fine pumpkin to put in my store window." he said. (Remove the GIANT pumpkin.) Soon a woman came by and looked at the four pumpkins still growing in the pumpkin patch. She picked up the large pumpkin. "This will be a fine pumpkin to set on my doorstep" she said. (Remove large) Next a teacher came by and looked at the three pumpkins still growing in the pumpkin patch. She chose the medium pumpkin. "This will be a fine pumpkin for my classroom!" she said. (Remove medium) Then a baker came by and looked at the two pumpkins still growing in the pumpkin patch. He found the small pumpkin. "This will be just fine for a pumpkin pie!" he said. (Remove small). Finally a little boy dressed in a ghost costume stopped by the pumpkin patch. He saw the tiny pumpkin that was left. "This is just right to take to my Halloween party!" he said. So he took the pumpkin, painted a face on it and said "This is my best Jack-o-lantern ever!"

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


This flannelboard I have used for years with 2's, 3's and 4 year olds. They love it, it is simple and easy.

supplies:

Large round pumpkin of felt with the top cut so that it comes off
tiny tan pieces of felt for the pumpkin seeds
2 black felt triangles for the eyes
1 black square for the nose
1 large black grin for the mouth.

"This is my pumpkin I picked for Halloween (have large pumpkin on flannelboard). He'll make the finest Jack-o-lantern you have ever seen. First I'll cut off his top,(lift off top piece of the pumpkin). And scoop out his seeds,(have the tan seeds under the top and take away). I'll add two eyes, (place black triangles on pumpkin) and a nose my pumpkin needs, (add black nose). Then I'll cut a mouth so wide, (add black mouth). And add a candle bright, To stay inside my pumpkin, to make him shine all night!"

I like to read the story, The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything. I read this story often until the children are very familar with it. Then I use the flannelboard pieces to correspond to the story. They love it! The children make the noises that go along with the book and ask to repeat it over and over again.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



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