Inside: Looking for some pumpkin fun during circle time? Download the free printable to make your own 5 Little Pumpkins prop set!
If your toddlers and preschoolers love the song 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, they are going to have fun with this pumpkin activity I put together!
One of our themes during October is pumpkins, so while I was searching for songs, I found one that mimics the 5 Little Monkeys song, except it’s with pumpkins instead.
As I jotted it down in my planner, I knew a prop would make this song that much better.
So I created a printable that includes a bed and 5 pumpkins, and I shared it during our circle time.
You all know how much I love using props, such as when we sang Itsy Bitsy Spider.
The children love having visuals during circle time, whether it be in-person or virtually!
5 Little Pumpkins Activity
This activity is quite easy to set up for your classroom circle time or music and movement.
(If you are teaching virtually, scroll down where I share how I added this 5 Little Pumpkins activity to my online class.)
You will need:
- A copy of the 5 Little Pumpkins Jumping on the Bed printable (scroll down this page to find the link to the download)
- Velcro Dots
- The song 5 Little Pumpkins Jumping on the Bed (scroll down to locate)
- Flannel board
Note: We suggest using heavy (card stock) paper or a laminator.
Preparing this activity:
After downloading the printable, cut around each piece. Laminate if desired.
Place 5 velcro dots on the bed, spaced apart so that there is enough room for each pumpkin.
Then, place a velcro dot on the back of each pumpkin.
Note: Remember to use the hook side for the bed and the loop side on the backs of each pumpkin, or the other way around. You do not want to use the same type of velcro for both the bed and the pumpkins or they will not stick together.
The 5 Little Pumpkins Activity
Stick the bed to your flannel board.
Invite the children to help you count each pumpkin as it’s placed on the bed, sticking to one of the velcro dots.
Ask the children if they’ve ever seen a bed filled with pumpkins!
Find one of the songs (resources below) to play, removing each pumpkin as the song directs, until there are no more pumpkins on the bed.
Then, most of the versions will have you place the pumpkins back on the bed.
When the song ends, have the children help you once again count the pumpkins.
Virtual Teaching Using the Five Little Pumpkins Activity
Place your flannel board near your computer so it can be visible during the activity.
When I did this activity online, I first sent home a pumpkin stick for each of my students.
They were able to hold their pumpkin stick while we sang the song.
This activity is also a fun way to work on counting skills online.
As the children held their pumpkin sticks, I asked them to help me count the pumpkins.
Five Little Pumpkins Resources
Five Little Pumpkins (Spotify)
Video on YouTube:
Books to Go with this Activity