Pumpkins!

Wow the kids are getting excited about Halloween!  We had a lof of good discussions this week about costumes, pumpkins and decorations!  We started out of course with our Opening Song. One Wiggleworm suggested we say hello to the pumpkins on the flannel board, which was a great intro to our theme this week!

BOOK: Pumpkins by Ken Robbins

Pumpkins

Beautifully photographed with very simple text, this is a non-fiction book about pumpkins from planting to making jack-o-lanterns.

GAME CUBE!- check out the link to these fun songs we pick by rolling our Game Cube dice!

The dice cnose “If You’re Happy and You Know It” – nice tie in to the Pumpkin Flannel Board!!

BOOK: Dr. Pompo’s Nose by Saxton Freymann

Dr Pompo's Nose

This is a hilarious story about a bunch of pumpkins who find a broken stem and are puzzled as to what it could be.  Very clever!

RHYME: Five Little Pumpkins –
the big kid version!

My three year old came home from preschool and announced I have been doing this rhyme all wrong, so here is the revised, bigger kid version – different from “my” version we use in Itsy Bitsy Story Time!

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 “But we don’t care!”
The fourth one said “Let’s run and run and run!!”
The fifth one said “For some Halloween fun”
Then WHOOSH went the wind and OUT went the lights!
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

FLANNEL BOARD:

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Jack-o-Lantern Faces

This flannel game has 6 jack-o-lanterns with different faces.  There is a happy face, sad face, scared face, angry face, sleepy face and a surprised face as well as a little ghost that hides behind the pumpkins.  First we identified each emotion and then we tried to find the hidden ghost.

I made this little rhyme up:

Little ghost, little ghost, can’t find you any place!
Little ghost, little ghost, are you hiding behind the ________ face?

The kids had a blast finding the ghost and then we took turns hiding it.

SHUFFLE DANCE: Check out our dance list here!

The iPod chose Hap Palmer’s Song About Slow, Song About Fast which was a great calming dance for today!

BOOK: Halloween Day by Anne Rockwell

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I am an Anne Rockwell fan for many reasons.  The books are simple and clear, perfect for pre-school aged kids and are easily edited on the fly if things are getting squirrely.  This book is set in a preschool and shows the different costumes the students have chosen for Halloween.

CRAFT:  Jack-o-Lanterns

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We took a tip-toe trip to our children’s area to make this simple craft – it isn’t messy at all, but I thought the kids would want to use a table!  So much fun to see the kid’s creations – a lot of very Picasso Pumpkins!

MATERIALS:

Pre-cut orange construction paper pumpkins
Pre-cut  black construction paper shapes – squares, triangles, circles and mouth shapes
Pre-cut green construction paper stems
Glue stick

DIRECTIONS:

This is a glue and paste project – no real directions needed!

Closing Rhyme & Song

How It Went:

Very fun theme!  My own son was a handful, but I am hoping everyone else had a good time!  Everyone else was very well behaved, thank you!

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