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It’s almost Halloween!
Today, I’m going to be sharing a favorite rhyme, Five Little Pumpkins. I usually do this rhyme with kindergarten at school, but it’s really simple and can be used with kids younger than 5. I usually change the words to make it not as scary for the younger children.
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’s *a chill in the air” (I use this instead of ‘there are witches’)
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.”
Oooooo went the wind and out went the light
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
There are motions to go along with the poem, making it easier for little ones to memorize. You start by holding up all five fingers on your hand. Then, you hold up one finger, then two, etc., as you go through the poem.
Here are the motions for each pumpkin:
- The first one- point to an imaginary watch
- The second one- motion or point to the sky for the chill in the air, or students can give themselves a hug
- The third one- you can shake your head no or put both hands out to the side
- The fourth one- run in place (you can use only arms, if you want to make it easier)
- The fifth one- give two thumbs up
You can use your hands to imitate the wind, then clap hands for the lights going out. To end the poem, roll your hands together and hide them behind your back.
I found a great free resource by Teach Prek on teacherspayteachers to help retell the poem! It is perfect for setting the scene.
If you are looking for more book ideas, check out this post I did on books for Halloween.
Hopefully you’re able to find some inspiration!