Our homegrown pumpkins are ripe and autumn is here it’s time to do some Pumpkin Themed activities with our toddlers and preschoolers. We are featuring our favourite Pumpkin Themed Book Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino and have a simple craft and learning activity you can do with your little ones inspired by this rhyme and book. So here we go our Five Little Pumpkins on the Gate Number Activity and Craft.

Pumpkin counting activity using stickers for preschoolers and toddlers
Pumpkin counting activity inspired by 5 Little Pumpkins for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Learning the Five Little Pumpkins Song

The five little pumpkins song was a new Halloween Rhyme and Song that we learnt when my kids were little. We loved it and decided it was a great one for learning to count as well as for singing this time of the year.

 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, let’s run!”

The fifth one said, “Isn’t Halloween fun?”

Then Woooooo went the wind
And OUT went the lights.

And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

Below you can find the Video we loved.

Reading Five Little Pumpkins

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This lovely board book has been a staple in our Halloween Book Selection since the kids were little. It’s simple to read and as we discovered by the time they got to preschool they could “read” it themselves as they knew the rhyme and story well enough.

The book combines rhyme and counting 2 of our favourite things that helps with maths and English Language later on.

Five Little Pumpkins Activity and Craft

We loved this simple activity. It started off by learning to count and reviewing and turned into a bookmaking craft, with our preschoolers. The same materials were used for both and this would be fun to create a set of Pumpkin Number Cards and then use the materials to make your own book of the nursery rhyme with your little ones.

Materials Needed for This Halloween Rhyme Craft

Preparation to Make your Pumpkin Activity for your Toddlers and Preschoolers

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).

Halloween or fall inspired literacy and numeracy activity based on the Children's rhyme Five Little Pumpkins
Materials for Five Little Pumpkins Counting Activity for Tot School

Counting Pumpkins Activity for Preschoolers

five little pumpkins number activity for toddlers and preschoolers
Number Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers inspired by Five Little Pumpkins

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 which meant that the activity was redoable throughout the season.

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).

Halloween or fall inspired literacy and numeracy activity based on the Children's rhyme Five Little Pumpkins
Preschooler laying out Pumpkins to match the number in a Halloween Maths Activity

Once we had 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.

Halloween or fall inspired literacy and numeracy activity based on the Children's rhyme Five Little Pumpkins
Counting, number recognition and bookmaking with this easy to set up preschool activity inspired by Five Little Pumpkins Nursery Rhyme

We worked through number 1 to 10 but in no particular order. Randomly choosing numbers from the pile.

If a 0 is picked then sometimes we made a 0 and other times the number 10.

DIY Five Little Pumpkins Book to Make with Toddlers & Preschoolers

Five Little Pumpkins Bookmaking Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Moving on we reviewed the Five Little Pumpkin Song and book again and then used our pumpkin stickers and the pages we had already created to make a book of the rhyme for home.

Halloween or fall inspired literacy and numeracy activity based on the Children's rhyme Five Little Pumpkins
Bookmaking equipment for preschool and toddler Five Little Pumpkins DIY book

This is the first time we have done any bookmaking at home and T enjoyed it so much she’s been showing her book to everyone she meets.

Halloween or fall inspired literacy and numeracy activity based on the Children's rhyme Five Little Pumpkins
tracing the numbers for part of the rhyme

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.

Halloween or fall inspired literacy and numeracy activity based on the Children's rhyme Five Little Pumpkins
Great fine motor activity peeling 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.

Halloween or fall inspired literacy and numeracy activity based on the Children's rhyme Five Little Pumpkins
Creating a number book with preschoolers a fun counting craft that you can do at home or in the classroom

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.

Halloween or fall inspired literacy and numeracy activity based on the Children's rhyme Five Little Pumpkins
DIY 5 Little Pumpkins Book created by Preschooler and Mum for Halloween

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.

Halloween or fall inspired literacy and numeracy activity based on the Children's rhyme Five Little Pumpkins
Pages of the 5 Little Pumpkins Book

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.

Halloween or fall inspired literacy and numeracy activity based on the Children's rhyme Five Little Pumpkins
Finished Book for 5 Little Pumpkins made by a Preschooler and Mum for Halloween

More Pumpkin Themed Crafts for your Preschoolers and Toddlers

These 3 simple crafts are great to do with your tots.

Pumpkin Paper Chain Faces easy Halloween Craft for Toddlers
Printable Pumpkin Paper Chains to Make
Simple Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers to create spin art pumpkins. Add on faces with black paper to create your own jack-o-lanterns.
Spin Art Pumpkins
Easy Halloween Math for toddlers and preschoolers. DIY pumpkin number lines
Printed Pumpkins to Make a Number Line

Decorate your home with our FREE printable Halloween Paper Chains. Print and make them as long as you want.

Get out the Salad Spinner from the back of the kitchen cupboard and make some Spin Art Pumpkins without the need for any specialist equipment.

Use this simple printing method to create a number line for Halloween of Pumpkins to help your little one learn their numbers. Another fun craft and activity for Halloween for your Little ones to do.

Make some Pumpkin Pie Playdough for a fun Sensory Activity with this Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe from Crystal and Co.

Pumpkin Learning Activities for your Toddlers and Preschoolers

As well as the number line above why not try these activities with your tots this Halloween.

Pumpkin themed shape game for toddlers and preschoolers. Inspired by the book Five Little Pumpkins this memory game can be Printed and Played with for FREE. #vbcforkids #totschool #preschoolathome
Pumpkin Shape Memory Game with FREE printable game cards
Create your own Pumpkin Patch Maths Game with this step by step instructions ideal for some autumn based hands-on learning.
DIY Pumpkin Patch Number Game

Work on Shapes and memory with our Pumpkin Memory Game the printable cards are free to download and great for playing together.

Create your own pumpkin patch and use it to work on number recognition with our easy tutorial on a DIY Pumpkin Patch Number Game to play together.

Looking for even more inspiration then check out this list of Pumpkin Fall Activities for Preschoolers over on 3 Boys and a Dog.

Halloween or fall inspired literacy and numeracy activity based on the Children's rhyme Five Little Pumpkins
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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