Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Pumpkins Storytime 10/13/15 and 10/14/15

Books read:
Pumpkin Heads by Wendell Minor
The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

On our way to the pumpkin patch (from Storytimes and More, to the tune of "Here we go round the Mulberry Bush")
Here we go marching down the road, down the road,
Here we go marching down the road, on our way to the pumpkin patch!
Additional verses can include: running, tiptoeing, stomping, flying, etc.

I'm a Little Pumpkin (from Kid Activities, to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot")
I'm a little pumpkin, orange and round (hold arms in a circle)
Here is my stem, (place fist on your head)
There is the ground. (touch the ground)
When I get all cut up, don't you shout!
Just open me up and scoop me out! (pretend to scoop the pumpkin out)

Where is Pumpkin? (to the tune of "Frere Jacques", from Step by Step Childcare)
Where is pumpkin, where is pumpkin? (crouch low)
Here I am! Here I am! (jump up)
I am round and orange,
See my funny face? (make funny face)
Now you don't. (hide face)
Now you don't. 

Once there was a Pumpkin (from Step by Step Childcare)
Once there was a pumpkin
And it grew (join fingers of each hand to make one pumpkin)
And grew (separate the hands keeping the pumpkin formation)
And grew (join hands before you, making a large pumpkin with your arms)
Now it's a Jack-O-Lantern and it smiles at you
And you, and you! (Move pumpkin shape around to greet each child) 

If you're a pumpkin and you know it
If you're a happy pumpkin and you know it jump for joy!
If you're a happy and pumpkin and you know it jump for joy!
If you're a happy pumpkin and you know it then your face will surely show it.
If you're a happy pumpkin and you know it joy for joy!
Other verses can include different emotions and actions, such as: scared/run away, mad/stomp around, silly/make a face, etc

Pumpkin Count Jumping
Pumpkin cut outs are laid on the floor and labeled with 1-5. The children must jump from pumpkin to pumpkin in correct counting sequence. (Great for number recognition and especially good for kids who learn best through movement)

Pumpkin, pumpkin (from Storytime Themes)
Pumpkin, pumpkin siting on a wall,
Pumpkin, pumpkin tip and fall,
Pumpkin, pumpkin, rolling down the street,
Pumpkin, pumpkin, trick or treat!

Literacy tip of the week: Relating stories to you child's life helps build their understanding and keep them engaged with the story. When reading books about pumpkins talk about a trip you took to the pumpkin patch!

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