Finger plays are an important part of the early childhood classroom. The flow and rhyme of the words help develop important language skills such as reading and writing. They are useful for introducing certain concepts like counting and ordinal numbers to children.
Five Little Pumpkins has been a favorite October finger play for generations. Delight preschoolers, kindergartners and first graders with teacher-made pumpkin puppets to use with Five Little Pumpkins.
They are easily made from real miniature pumpkins. Slits cut in the bottom for inserting a craft stick is the trick to turning these mini pumpkins into puppets!
Using Pumpkin Puppets
Use the pumpkin puppets at circle time as a reward for five children to hold as the group recites the rhyme. Pumpkin puppets are a great addition to the creative dramatics center during the month of October. They also make a cute table decoration at home!
Materials Needed For Pumpkin Puppets
- 5 miniature pumpkins
- 3 green chenille stems
- 5 craft sticks
- 2 sheets of 11/2 x 9 green construction paper
- green glitter
- Draw a jack-o-lantern face on each mini pumpkin with a black permanent marker
- Cut a slit in the bottom large enough to insert a craft stick. (Use the wide craft sticks.)
- Draw and cut out 5 leaves and stems.
- Cut a one-inch wide strip from a sheet of the green construction paper. Cut this in half to use for the pumpkin stem.
- Score one side of the strip to form tabs. Roll into a tube and glue ends together. (see picture below)
- Add a little green glitter to the edges of the leaves for a frosty look.
- Attach stems, leaves and vines with a hot glue gun and glue sticks.
- Coil half of a chenille stem around your finger to form a vine.
Now place these near a chart size copy of Five Little Pumpkins for lots of learning fun!
Cute Follow Up Project!