It’s Pumpkin Time!

It’s Pumpkin Time!

A Day’s Lesson Plan

Book How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

*You can use a magnetic tenframe on the board with this book. It introduces counting by two’s, five’s and ten’s.*

Song 5 Little Pumpkins by Super Simple Songs

One little pumpkin, smiling, smiling
One little pumpkin, smiling, smiling
One little pumpkin, smiling, smiling
One little pumpkin is happy.

Two little pumpkins, pouting, pouting
Two little pumpkins, pouting, pouting
Two little pumpkins, pouting, pouting
Two little pumpkins are grumpy

Three little pumpkins yawning, yawning
Three little pumpkins yawning, yawning
Three little pumpkins yawning, yawning
Three little pumpkins are sleepy.

Four little pumpkins crying, crying
Four little pumpkins crying, crying
Four little pumpkins crying, crying
Four little pumpkins are sad.

Five little pumpkins laughing, laughing
Five little pumpkins laughing, laughing
Five little pumpkins laughing, laughing
Five little pumpkins are playing.

Centers

Art

Pumpkin Portraits

Have pumpkins set out for students to observe and paint what they see/their own interpretation

You’ll need construction paper and pumpkin colored paints (orange, off white, brown, tan, green…)

Science

Pumpkin Discovery

Cut open a few pumpkins (and even a few other types of gourds) along with tweezers, tongs, magnifying glasses, goggles (to make your students official scientists), aprons…and let your kids dig and discover what the guts of a pumpkin look (and smell) like.

Using the tongs and tweezers is a fun way to incorporate fine motor exercise.

Math

Fall Math & Science Center

Scales (balance & platform)

Dramatic Play

Pumpkin Patch

If you have a collection of dress-up clothes, pull out pants, flannel shirts, boots, jackets…. If you are looking to build a collection, start by digging through and cleaning our what you or friends & family members might have at home. Goodwill is another great place to go. On holiday Mondays (Memorial Day, Labor Day), and maybe federal holidays in general, everything is half off.

Other items to include: real or pretend pumpkins, gourds, corn. Play wheelbarrow, carts and/or wagons. Gardening gloves and tools. Cloth sacks. Straw hats.

Sensory

Clean the Pumpkins – Pumpkin Washing Station

Place an array of pumpkins in soapy water bins with toothbrushes, dish brushes, loofahs, sponges…and let your students make those pumpkins sparkle.

Pumpkin Pounding

Place a few opened and fully gutted (use the “guts” in the science observation center) on trays. Provide goggles for safety, plastic hammers and golf tees. Let the kids hammer tees into the pumpkins. Turn your pounded pumpkins into geoboards by adding rubberbands for the students to link tees.

Pumpkin Sensory Bin

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*Feel free to substitute items. Mini decorative corn or acorns are great alternatives to the miniature carrots. Visit My It’s Fall Ya’ll Amazon Idea link below for possible bin materials.

Blocks

Pumpkin Blocks

If you have them, pull out all of the orange cylinder blocks and green cubes. If they are all natural wood/tan blocks then pull out the two shapes. Encourage students to create their own pumpkin blocks using the materials. If you want to add a bit more influence to their imaginations, throw in things like farm animals, fabric leaves, construction vehicles, or anything else you might find at a pumpkin farm.

Writing

Pumpkin Seed Names

Pre-write each child’s name on strips of cardstock. Prior to project (a few days before) clean off and bake (or purchase salt-free pumpkin seeds at the store) and dye them fall colors (red, brown, yellow, orange). Have students trace out their names with bottles of Elmer’s glue or glue pens (they come in colors and with sparkles!) then place colored seeds along the glue trail. Tweezers can be optional for additional focus on fine motor work.

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