Category Archives: Thanksgiving Curriculum

Pumpkin Art

 



Pumpkin Shakers

You will need:

2 Paper plates for each child
Pumpkin seeds
Crayons and markers
Glue Dots

Dried and salted pumpkin seeds

Let the children color their 2 paper plates to create their pumpkin.
Spread some pumpkin seeds in the bottom of one plate.  You can use store bought pumpkin seeds, but I prefer using the ones that we have taken out of a real pumpkin.
Put glue dots around the rim of the bottom plate.
Put the top plate on and shake, shake, shake your pumpkin!

Here’s a little ditty to get you started!

Shake, Shake, Shake Your Pumpkin
Tune:  Shake, Shake, Shake Senora

Shake, shake, shake, your pumpkin, shake your body line
Shake, shake, shake, your pumpkin it all the time
Work, work, work, your pumpkin, work your body line
Work, work, work, your pumpkin, work it all the time

Jump in the line, rock your pumpkin in time
Okay, I believe you
Jump in the line, rock your pumpkin in time
Okay, I believe you
Jump in the line, rock your pumpkin in time
Okay, I believe you
Jump in the line, rock your pumpkin in time, oh


Painted Pumpkins

Painted Pumpkins


To make a stuffed pumpkin, we took a paper plate and cut orange crepe paper approx. 1.5″ larger than the plate.
The children then glue the crepe paper three-quarters the way around the plate (glue sticks work the best). They stuff the pumpkin with scraps of orange crepe paper and then glue the rest. With a stencil, they then trace a green stem and a leaf and cut it out. They attach the stem and leaf to the pumpkin with glue. These pumpkins are great for fall/harvest bulletin boards. Other vegetables can be made in a similar fashion (eg. eggplant, yellow squash, etc..). A bulletin board with these veggies and stalks of corn and our homemade baskets worked great for our harvest/Thanksgiving Theme. The children harvested the board the day before Thanksgiving break using the baskets to carry their harvest (like the pilgrims did)


Cheese Popcorn Pumpkins

Cut pumpkin shapes out of construction paper. Have preschoolers glue cheese popcorn to create a face or to fill pumpkin in.


Make a pumpkin book. Cut out 4 small pumpkins for each child. On the 1st page, write child’s name and Pumpkin Book. On the second page, you can attach a picture at the pumpkin patch or in their Halloween costumes. On the third page, (after making pumpkin muffins), we have the kids finish the sentence “Pumpkin muffins taste . . .”. For the last page, we have the kids draw a pumpkin face. When completed, attach the pages with a brad.


Pumpkin Wind Sock—

Fold Orange paper in half. Find a pumpkin pattern you like with a stem and place the stem on the fold. Cut the pumpkin shape out so that the pumpkin opens up like a card with the fold at the top of the stem. On the outside, let the kids help cut out shapes for eyes, mouth, and nose or they can draw the eyes, mouth and nose. Then take white or green streamer paper and glue to the inside of the pumpkin. Use a paper hole punch on the stem, thread string or yarn through and you have a beautiful Pumpkin Wind sock!


You’ll need clean, dry plastic jugs with the cap. Pour a small amount of orange paint into the jug and tighten lid. Let the children shake the jug until inside is completely covered in orange paint. Remove the lid and drain any excess paint. Give the children construction paper to cut out pumpkin face shapes to glue to the outside of the jug. Replace cap and decorate tops with raffia or construction paper stems.