As pumpkins appear in the shops we’re starting some Halloween themed activities at home. I like introducing activities that go with books and rhymes and The Five Little Pumpkin song is really cute and inspired a creative filled morning of learning with Numeracy and Literacy based activities.
We started off by listening and watching the Five Little Pumpkins song on YouTube – to make it easier I’ve added it below but search as there are different versions of the rhyme. This was T’s favourite one. Then we started off our activities counting and making our own book.
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Black Card Stock
Silver or White Pen
Cut out from the green paper grass to go at the bottom of the black card and stick it on – you will need 5 pieces with the green on and then a Front and Back Cover (although I didn’t add grass to the front and back cover you could if you wish to).
Set up a tray or table with the sheets, magnetic numbers and a selection of small pumpkin stickers – the Pumpkin Stickers that I purchased had large and small stickers and for the counting we used the smaller stickers and didn’t remove the backing.
Placing a magnetic number on the “page” of the book we traced the number with our finger as well as saying what the number is (working on number recognition and helping to start developing the knowledge of number formation, make sure you trace the number the way that you would write it by guiding your child’s finger to trace it).
Once we had the right number – with T it took a few times to get the right number, we then counted out the pumpkins onto the grass – at this point we didn’t use the pumpkin stickers as stickers instead as counters.
We worked through number 1 to 10 but in no particular order. Randomly choosing numbers from the pile – when T pulled out the 0 we made that into the number 10.
Five Little Pumpkins Book
Moving on we reviewed the Five Little Pumpkin Song again and then used our pumpkin stickers and the pages we had already created to make a book of the rhyme for home. This is the first time we have done any book making at home and T enjoyed it so much she’s been showing her book to everyone she meets.
I started off by in the top corner writing the number, on the first page I wrote 1 through to on the fifth page I wrote 5. We then proceeded to repeat the trace number and place the right number of pumpkins on the page. This time using the larger pumpkins from the Pumpkin Stickers.
With all 5 pages complete we attached a Front Cover – T stuck on 5 little pumpkins from the stickers on the front cover and then urged me to write the rhyme in the book.
On the back page we added 5 of the little pumpkins to the inside page and then on the last page she added 5 more little pumpkins all different ways up – I asked why and I was explained that it was because they were rolling away like in the rhyme.
We dug around in our Halloween Stickers and found a witch and added her to the Second page.
I then added in the parts of the rhyme onto each page. As we have been working on Ordinal Numbers recently after the First line “The First little pumpkin said ….” instead of writing the ordinal number I wrote “2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th”.
We attached the book together with sticky tape, but you could bind, hole punch or lace the book so that it can be used and read by you and your child.