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Pumpkins
Submitted by: Rachel, Tomball
Audience
• Toddler
Books
Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by:Mary Serfozo
Peter finds the perfect pumpkin so that he and his Dad can make a jack-o-lantern.
Pumpkin Fever by:Charnan Simon
In simple text that teaches about shapes, Erin and her parents buy two wonderful, round pumpkins and while she and her father carve one into a jack-o-lantern, Mom prepares hers a different way.
Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins by:Dianne Ochiltree
Rhyming text and illustrations demonstrate how many pumpkins it takes to fill a wagon and how quickly they add up each time the number is doubled.
Songs
Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate (five fingers up)
The first one said "Oh my it's getting Late" (Hands on Cheeks)
The second one said "There's a chill in the air" (arms around self)
The third one said "But we don't care" (swing pointer finger)
The fourth one said "We're ready for some fun!" (hand in air)
The fifth one said "Let's run, run, run!" (running motion)
So woooo went the wind, and out went the lights,
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!
Ring Around the Pumpkin (Tune of
Ring around the pumpkin
Orange, big and round.
Pumpkin seeds, Pumpkin seeds
We all fall down!
PETER, PETER, PUMPKIN EATER
Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.
Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkins, pumpkins, I think I’ll make a pie. (Point to head as if thinking)
Pumpkins, pumpkins, My, oh my! (Arms out shaking to my, oh my)

Bake it, scrape it, Dump it in a pot. (throw the pumpkin in a pot)
Mash it, mash it, Up a lot. (pretend to mash the pumpkin)

Pour in the sugar, And spices, too. (pretend to pour in the pot)
Pour in the cream, And eggs, one and two. (count with fingers one, then two)

Stir it, stir it, Then take a cup. (pretend to stir)
Scoop it in a shell, And bake it up. (pretend to scoop)

Bake it, bake it, For an hour or so. (hold up one finger)
Serve it for dinner, And eat it slow. (pretend to eat)
Pumpkins are Growing (tune of “Are You Sleeping”)
Pumpkins are growing
Pumpkins are growing
In the patch In the patch
Look at all the pumpkins
Look at all the pumpkins
Orange and Round
Orange and Round
Pumpkin Song (tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I'm a little pumpkin
Orange and round. (with hands make a round shape for body)
Here is my stem, (point to head)
There is the ground. (point to floor)
When I get all cut up,
Don't you shout! (pointer finger shaking back and forth)
Just open me up
And scoop me out! (pretend to scoop insides out)
Craft
After having explored the inside of the pumpkin, I had purchased dried pumpkin seeds that the toddlers glued onto an orange paper plate and then they glued a brown construction paper stem to the top of their plate.
Other
I brought a pumpkin that I had already cut the top of, but placed the lid back on. Before the craft, I put the pumpkin on a dropcloth on the floor and had the toddlers come up and feel the inside of the pumpkin and pull out seeds, etc to explore the inside of the pumpkin.
Notes
Since I had a real pumpkin at the storytime for the hands on experience, when we sang the song "Ring Around the Pumpkin", I put the pumpkin on the floor and we actually sang just like "Ring Around the Rosie" around the pumpkin.