Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Five Little Pumpkin Handprints

Although we've already been doing a lot of baking with canned pumpkins this fall our Alphabet Adventure this weekend kicked off some fun pumpkin craft activities this week.

We based our first project around the Five Little Pumpkins rhyme. We really like the Raffi version we download a while back, but you can find many versions online. Here's the version we've been using:

Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a 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!"
Ooooh went the wind . . . 
and out went the lights.
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight. 

After we'd listened to it a few times this week and added in some hand motions I thought it would be fun to do an extension project. We decided to do some handprint painting. 

Rather than paint his whole hand, which wouldn't look very pumpkin like, we just painted his palm orange and one finger green. 

We printed his hand five times and then we mixed the green and orange paint to make brown. Big Brother painted in a gate. 

We let the paint dry for about an hour. When we returned to the project we added in googly eyes and used black Sharpie marker to create noses and mouths. The last two pumpkins even got long "tongues."

At the end Big Brother used our large star punch to cut out purple and yellow stars to add to the sky. 

The best part of this project was how he really liked it and kept repeating the rhyme as he worked. 

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