Storytime: Pumpkins

(October 2014)

Topics: Pumpkins, counting, music, art

Place: Fayetteville Free Library




Duck and Goose Find A Pumpkin by Tad Hills – This simple board book was perfect for the babies and toddlers. I could point out the places listed in the book “in a tree?” or “under water?” and ask “Where’s the pumpkin!?”

This is NOT a Pumpkin by Bob Staake – This is a cute board book with a twist at the end. Hint: Pumpkins don’t smile 🙂 It goes perfectly with “Who am I?” rhyme, below and with our featured activity.


Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli – This book is a bit on the long side, but I was pretty easily able to shorten the text and skip a few pages for my antsy groups. It’s about a tiny seed who wants to be scary.

Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage – This book counts down from ten pumpkins as they disappear in various Halloween themed ways. It was great for encouraging kids to really pay attention to the illustrations; you can guess where each missing pumpkin went!

The Plan: 

Sing: Hello Song

Flannel Board/Rhyme: Pumpkin on the Wall

Pumpkin, pumpkin sitting on a wall
Pumpkin, pumpkin tip and fall
Pumpkin, pumpkin rolling down the street
Pumpkin, pumpkin Trick-or-Treat!!!

Sing: Pumpkin, Pumpkin (tune: Twinkle, Twinkle)

Pumpkin, pumpkin, orange and round (Arms form a circle)
Sitting quietly on the ground. (Crouch down)
Once you were a seed so small, (Pretend to hold a seed)
Now you are a great orange ball, (Make a huge circle with hands)
Pumpkin, pumpkin, orange and round (Arms form a circle)
Rolling, rolling on the ground. (Make rolling motion with arms)

Read: Find a Pumpkin/ Little Boo

Sing: I’m an orange pumpkin (tune from I’m a little tea-pot)

I’m an orange pumpkin, fat and round
Sitting in the cornfield on the ground
I’ll be a jack-o-lantern with two bright eyes
Or made into a pumpkin pie

Rhyme: Five Little Pumpkins (flannel board)

Five little pumpkins sitting on the 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 and run and run.”
The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun.”
Ooooo! Went the wind, and out went the light.
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

Song: Five Little Pumpkins by Raffi 

I played this the song version of this rhyme by Raffi and we acted it out!

Read: This is NOT a Pumpkin/ Ten Orange Pumpkins

Rhyme: Who am I?

A face so round (circle arms) And eyes so bright (point to eyes)
A nose that glows (point to nose) What a sight!
A silly mouth with a jolly grin (make a smile with fingers)
No arms, no legs, just head to chin (point to head and chin)

“I’m a Jack O’ Lantern”

Art Activity: Jack O’Lantern Faces with Playdough

I had a number of real pumpkins left over from another library event. Carving and painting are too messy for storytime (plus I didn’t have enough pumpkins for all the kids in all of our storytime sessions), so instead we made Jack O’Lantern faces out of playdough! For the babies, I did a variation of this activity where we just explored the sensory aspects of the pumpkins, sans the playdough. See this great post on baby pumpkin play for additional ideas.



 Goodbye Song