Pumpkins, the Storytime for the Season, No. 12

Pumpkins are everywhere! Pumpkins make the season and the reason we have so much fun when they come around. How about a Pumpkin story or song? Feel the pumpkin fantastic, hear the Pumpkins Podcast!

1. Listen to the Podcast - Episode 12 - Pumpkins!  

2. Books of Pumpkins!

Pumpkin Trouble

Pete the Cat

Pug & Pig Trick-or-treat

E-Book:  Pete the Cat

3. Pumpkins of Fingerplays, songs and stories

Five Little Pumpkins 

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
(hold up fingers for pumpkins)

The first once said,
“Oh my! It’s getting late.
(wiggle thumb)

The second one said,
 “There are witches in the air.”
       (wiggle pointer)

The third one said,
“But we don’t care.”
(wiggle tall finger)

The fourth one said,
“Let’s run and run and run.”
(wiggle ring finger)

The fifth one said,
“It’s Halloween fun.”
(wiggle pinkie finger)

Ooooooh went the wind.
(hold hands to mouth)

And out when the lights.
(clap hands to the word “out”)

And the five little pumpkins
rolled out of sight! (roll arms) 


4. Early Literacy Tip    Listening and Speaking


Helping your child to put words to feelings develops vocabulary in a meaningful way.  Children can understand the words long before they can say them.  You can talk not only about your child's feelings, but about yours as well, especially at Halloween time with pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns and people in costumes that may frighten a child or make them feel uncertain or intriqued, but also unsure of them. 

This is a good time to talk about how children feel about pumpkins with a face--Jack-O-Lanterns or other images associated with Halloween.  You can talk about how you felt as a child at Halloween.  This is a good time to talk to your child.  It's a fun time, but also a challenging time with lots of things happening--all at once.

See you at Storytime!  Lauren

Hi! I'm Lauren Teixeira, Children's Librarian and Podcaster 
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