A neat idea for your pumpkin theme would be a pumpkin patch. Put medium and small pumpkins on top of small amounts of straw. Have two mini wagons for children to pull. Put price tags on the pumpkins, have a cash register for the children to purchase the pumpkins to take home. Supply small paper bags big enough for the pumpkins to fit inside.
I work in a pre-school nursery in the north east of Scotland. during October we let the children hammer golf tees into pumpkins they love it.
Using real pumpkins, after the children have explored the inside and outside of the pumpkins, removing seeds, pulp, etc. I cut various shapes out of our pumpkins all around the sides and used them as “puzzles”. The children had to place the correct fitting pumpkin piece into the corresponding hole. Kids Loved it!
This is a cute story to tell. You will need a piece of orange construction paper and a pair of scissors).
Start the story by saying, Once there was a little mouse who lived in a field on a pumpkin farm. It was beginning to get colder out as autumn was coming so he decided to start looking for a home. (Fold the paper in half the short way while you are saying this much). He spotted a pumpkin laying on its side in the field and thought that it would make a good, warm place to live. (Cut out a half a pumpkin shape so that when you open the paper up it will look like a whole pumpkin. Don’t forget the stem. Don’t open the half of a pumpkin up. Hold it for the children to see so that the fold is down and looks like it is laying on its side.) The little mouse nibbled a hole in the pumpkin to get inside where it was warm. ( Tear a small hole out of the paper right in the middle of the fold) Once he got inside the little mouse saw that the door he used to get in would be too small for some of his friends to visit so ho nibbled a larger door for them. (tear another hole out on the side of the 1st hole that is away from the stem. Make it about halfway between the first hole and what will be the bottom of the pumpkin. Tear this hole taller to make it look like a bigger door. Remember you are making holes in the fold of the paper). Then the little mouse noticed that it was very dark in his new house so he decided to make a window. He nibbled and nibbled and soon he had a nice window to let in light. ( this hole is not made on the fold. It should be on the side that is closest to the stem and a few inches up from the fold. Make it about equal distance from the first small whole and the stem.) He was very proud of his house when it was done and he invited all of his friends over to wish them a Happy Halloween. (Open your pumpkin and the children will see that you have made a jack-o-lantern.) They will ask you to do it again so have another piece of paper ready!!!!