Storytime: Pumpkins

This was overwhelmingly the LARGEST storytime I have had to date: 20 children, 35 people total. I was not expecting this many (we have sign up sheets so I have a general feel for how much supplies I need, 3 signed up for this session). It was crazy and loud, but the kids had fun.


pumpkins nelson not a pumpkin 5 little pumpkins

Pumpkins by Robin Nelson
This is NOT a Pumpkin by Bob Staake
Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino*

*This is one of the first board books I bought my oldest daughter, and a favorite among my three children. When I recited the book, multiple mothers recited it along with me – a testament to how many of us have read this book more times than we can count.

Cut and Tell Story The Little Orange House (from Skip to my Lou)
Popular with caregivers and children alike!
*Thank you Storytime Underground Facebook group for giving me this idea!

Song – “Pumpkin, Pumpkin on the Ground” (sung to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a circle)
Once you were a seed so small (pinch fingers together)
Now you are a great big ball! (make a big circle)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (make a circle)
Tune from Jbrary
Motions from Storytime Katie

1. Paint Mix Pumpkins (from Sunflower Storytime) – I drew a jack o’lantern face on quart size baggies, squirted some yellow and red paint in, closed and sealed with duct tape. The children squished the paint around to make orange.
*I did not do this with Family Storytime because it wasn’t practical. However, I did to it with my babies earlier in the morning, and will do it with my toddlers at their next storytime.)

2. Pumpkin Guts (from All Kids Network) – I had a bunch of foam pumpkin shapes, one of my friends had a bunch of dried squash seeds, and my library has more yarn than I know what to do with (yarn is pretty much the only craft supply we have a lot of).  The children glued the seeds and strings to the pumpkin shape. I did not have enough shapes for them to make an “outside”, so open-faced it was!

3. Catch That Pumpkin! – The original idea is from Vanilla Joy, but I modified it slightly because I had no sno-cone cups. I used the premise that a bunch of pumpkins fell off the back of a truck (dumping the orange balloons amongst the children), and let them have fun. I made sure to do our closing song before this activity.

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