Friday, October 5, 2012


Once I Had a Pumpkin
(Tune:  “Lassie and Laddie” – Happy Everything CD)
Oh, once I had a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin.    (Circle hands over head.), 
Once I had a pumpkin with no face at all.                 
With no eyes and no nose          (Point to facial features and shake head.)
And no mouth and no teeth.        
Oh, once I had a pumpkin with no face at all.
So I made a jack-o-lantern, jack-o-lantern, jack-o-lantern.
         (Draw a jack-o-lantern in the air.)
So I made a jack-o-lantern, jack-o-lantern, jack-o-lantern.        
With big eyes and a big nose and big mouth and big teeth.        
         (Draw facial features in the air.)
So I made a jack-o-lantern with a big funny face.                 

Sing and Draw
Draw a jack-o-lantern on the board or a chart as you sing the song.

Pumpkin Paint
Mix equal parts of flour and salt.  Stir in orange tempera paint.  (Obviously, if it’s powdered, you will need to add some water, too.)  Add a spoonful of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to the paint and stir.  Children can paint a pumpkin, pumpkin pie, or whatever they want.  Their painting will be textured and smell good, too!
Pumpkin Seeds
Before carving your pumpkin, have the children estimate how many seeds they think it will contain and write down their estimations.  Have the children separate the seeds and count them.  Who guessed more?  Who Guessed less?  Who guessed the closest amount?  Cook some of the seeds by rinsing them and frying them in a little butter and salt.  Save some of the seeds to plant in the spring.