In the Pumpkin Patch


Five Little Pumpkins

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, "I don't care."  The fourth one said,
"Let's run and run and run!" 
The fifth one said,
"It's Halloween fun!" 
Then "Oooooo" went the wind and out went the lights, and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

The Pumpkins Are Here

Tune:  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, "Goodbye!"
10 Little Pumpkins
Tune:  Ten Little Indians
One little,
two little,
three little pumpkins,
Four little,
five little,
six little pumpkins,
Seven little,
eight little,
nine little pumpkins,
Ten little pumpkins in the pumpkin patch!
Mr. Pumpkin
Tune:  Where is Thumbkin? 
Mr. Pumpkin,
Mr. Pumpkin,
Round and fat. 
Round and fat. 
Harvest time is coming. 
Harvest time is coming. 
Yum, yum, yum. 
That is that!


Pumpkin Song
Tune:  Have You Ever Seen a Lassie? 

Have you ever seen
a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin, Have you ever seen
a pumpkin, that grows on a vine?
A round one, a tall one, a bumpy one, a squashed one. 
Have you ever seen
a pumpkin that grows on a vine?

Extension Ideas
I have changed the words of this song to go like this:

Have you ever seen
a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin,  Have you ever seen
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!
Use flannelboard pieces to make jack-o-lantern faces.

The Pumpkin Vine (song)

I looked out of my window
and what did I find?
Green leaves a-growing
on my pumpkin vine.

Green leaves, green leaves
a-growing (2X)
Green leaves a-growing on my pumpkin vine.

Replace the words "green leaves" with the following:
 . . . yellow flowers growing
 . . . black bugs crawling
. . . pumpkins growing

I'm a Little Pumpkin
Tune:  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!
Where is Pumpkin? 
Tune:  Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Pumpkin?
Where is Pumpkin?
Here it is!
Here it is!
This one has a happy face,
This one has a scary face!
Roll away!
 Roll away!
We are Pumpkins
Tune:  Mary Had a Little Lamb

We are pumpkins, big and round, big and round, big and round
We are pumpkins, big and round
Seated on the ground.
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.



Language Activities

Predictable Charts
Brainstorm pumpkin patch words with your class on a predictable interactive vocabulary chart:

I see a __________.

(Some words your class might come up with)

After the whole group activity, hang the predictable chart in the classroom for the children to read with a seasonal pointer.

I also write each thematic word on a word card and draw a picture (or find a sticker) of the word and place in a pocket chart with the sentence starter.  The children move the cards to make their own sentences and write it if they want.
Pumpkin Letter Match
Use two seasonal pumpkin notepads - one large and one small - (I love the Carson Dellosa ones!!)  Write the uppercase letters on the large ones and the lowercase on the small ones.  Have the children match upper to lower or put the letters in alphabetical order.

More Letter Matching

I found a cute pumpkin border and make a letter matching game.  Write uppercase letters on each pumpkin.  Laminate.  Velcro to the chalkboard ledge.  Write the lowercase letters on clothespins.  The children clip clothespins to the matching letter.
Extension Ideas for Five Little Pumpkins Poem

  Make five pumpkin stick puppets.  Have the children say the poem with you using their stick puppets.

Write the words on sentence strips and place on the Pocket Chart.  Write a second set and cut apart and have the children match the words.
Cut large pieces of black construction paper in half the long way.  Give the children popsicle sticks to make the gate and orange paper for the pumpkins.  (I have the kids make their own pumpkins because they all come out so different and cute!)  Then have the children use white chalk to make the moon and stars.

Make a Big Book of this poem on large black construction paper and add the gate, pumpkins, and the moon.  Type the words on the computer and then paste at the bottom of each page.  Have the children illustrate each page.

Make small books for your students to illustrate with one line of the poem on each page.

ABC Order

Photocopy a small picture of a pumpkin onto orange construction paper (I found this one in The Mailbox Magazine).  Write letters A-Z.  Laminate.  Have the children line them up in ABC order.

Math & Science Activities

Use a real pumpkin to do the following activities:

Have the students estimate the circumference of the pumpkin by cutting a piece of yarn that they think will fit "just right" around the pumpkin. To test their estimates they measure with their cut string. Have a poster with 3 pumpkin pictures labeled "Too Short", "Just Right", and "Too Long". The students tape their string onto the matching phrase.

Measure the height of the pumpkin with unifix cubes or other math manipulatives.

Count with pumpkin seeds matching pumpkin seed sets to numerals

Sort pumpkins by their characteristics: color, size, weight, stem etc.

Have students guess if they think the pumpkin will sink or float. Test it out in a large tub of water.

Use die-cut pumpkins to make patterns with: small, big, small, big or orange, green, orange, green, or stem, no stem, stem, no stem,

Sequence cards with the life cycle of a pumpkin on it.

Estimate and then weigh a pumpkin using a balance scale.

Compare pumpkins to gourds and squash.

Make a graph with different jack-o-lantern faces (happy face, silly face, cat face etc). Have children vote on which is their favorite. Carve that face on your class pumpkin.

When carving your pumpkin, use your five senses to describe it. How does it feel, smell, look etc.

Cut a pumpkin shape out of felt and also cut out black triangles, circles, squares, and rectangles. Review shapes by having the children make a jack-o-lantern with all triangles etc.

After reading Pumpkin, Pumpkin talk about the life cycle of a pumpkin. I made pumpkin shaped sequencing cards that the children put in order.

Art Activities


5 1/2 cups flour
2 cups salt
8 teaspoons cream of tartar
3/4 cup oil
1 (1 1/12 ounces) container pumpkin pie spice
Orange food coloring (2 parts yellow, 1 part red)
4 cups water Mix all of the ingredients together.

Cook and stir over medium heat until all lumps disappear. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth. Store in an airtight container.

Paper Plate Jack-o-Lanterns

Have children paint a paper plate orange. When dry, have the children glue on pieces of black construction paper for the facial features. ( Use pre-cut or have children cut their own (or rip), depending upon the child's ability.

Also make vines by making spirals on green paper and cutting along the lines. Take each child's picture and also hang on the bulletin board!

Hang on your bulletin board with the words,
"Welcome to the Pumpkin Patch"

One year I had the children draw their own pumpkins on large white paper, cut them out, and then paint them orange. It was wonderful - we had all different shapes and sizes of pumpkins as you can see in the picture below!

Paper Bag Pumpkins

Give each child a lunch-size paper bag. Have them crumble newspaper and stuff their bags about 3/4 full. Twist the tops of the bags to form a stem for the pumpkin. Have the children paint their pumpkins orange and the twisted stem stays brwon. When the paint is dry have the children glue on jack-o-lantern facial features.

Pumpkin Recipes

Jack-O'-lantern Cookie Pops

Place A "Little Debbie" oatmeal creme pie on a plate. Spread orange icing all over it. Insert a pretzel stick into the creme part of the pie to create the stem. Place one end of a craft stick into the creme at the bottom for a handle. Add raisins (or chocolate chips) for jack-o'-lantern features.

Jack-o'-Lantern Cookies

1 slice of refrigerated sugar-cookie dough per child
orange decorator sugar
7 chocolate chips per child
1/2 green gumdrop per child

Give each child a slice of dough. Add sprinkled sugar to make orange. Make a face with the chocolate chips. Bake according to package directions. When cool, place the gumdrop at the top as the stem. YUM!!

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

If you carve a pumpkin in your classroom, save the seeds! Wash them and dry them overnight on waxed paper. Bake on a cookie sheet until golden. Sprinkle with salt. Let cool and eat!

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