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Story Time: The Littlest Pumpkin

Story Time: The Littlest Pumpkin - Crafts and activities from Lit Mama Homeschool

Yesterday was our first really fall-feeling day.  It put me in the mood for a delicious stew with homemade yeast rolls, some apple cider, and a sweater.

And yeah, it was awesome.  Because I totally did all those things.

It also put me in the mood for some pumpkins and a little preview of Halloween.  The Littlest Pumpkin was a Halloween favorite around here for many years.  It was as much a Halloween tradition as The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.  Everybody loves to root for the underdog, and this book provides your littles the opportunity to do just that.    It’s such a cute story, and the illustrations rock, and it lends itself well to all manner of activities.

My boys insisted I Story Time it.  Lucky you.

Activities for the Littlest Pumpkin

English

There are lots of other pumpkins in the story, but we only know about that day at Bartlett’s Farm Stand from the point of view of the Littlest Pumpkin.  Have your little write the story from the point of view of the Bruised Pumpkin, which was the very last pumpkin to be picked by a human.  There’s a printable for it, too.

On the same printable, you’ll find a page where your littles can make up a Halloween song.  The Littlest Pumpkin dreams of being surrounded by witches, monsters, ghosts, and fairies who are singing a Halloween song.  Don’t even tell them they’re learning to write poetry.  Sometimes it’s funnier to just trick them.

Free English Printable for Story Time: The Littlest Pumpkin from Lit Mama Homeschool

Science

You should know by now that vinegar and baking soda experiments are my favorite.  This one is, perhaps, my very favorite-ist.

Pumpkin Bomb

Supplies for Exploding Pumpkin Bomb -Lit Mama Homeschool

What you need:

  • Sealable sandwich bag
  • Black marker
  • 1 sheet toilet paper
  • 1-2 cups vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda

What you do:

First steps to making an exploding pumpkin bomb

  • Draw a jack-o-lantern face on the sandwich bag with the black marker
  • Pour the vinegar into the sandwich bag

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  • Drop in a few drops of orange food coloring
  • Place the baking soda in the center of the toilet paper sheet

Fold Toilet Paper around Baking Soda for Exploding Pumpkin Bomb

  • Carefully fold the toilet paper around the baking soda, making it as small as possible
  • Push the paper into the open part of the sandwich bag, being careful not to let it touch the vinegar yet

Hold bakiing soda away from vinegar while setting up an Exploding Pumpkin Bomb

  • Hold the toilet paper above the vinegar while you seal the bag the rest of the way
  • When you’re ready, give the bag a good shake to combine the vinegar and baking soda
  • Run away
  • I’m not kidding, run.

Story Time: The Littlest Pumpkin - Exploding Pumpkin Bomb

The chemical reaction will fill the bag with air until it pops like an exploding bomb.  I can never seem to capture the explosion on camera (I get too excited; it’s true) but you can see in this pic how the bag filled before it popped.

It is very cool.

Math

The cool thing about this book (like math-cool, because there are other things) is that you are provided a total number of pumpkins at the stand and then a kind of countdown of where they all go.  I made up this next printable so your littles can color the pumpkins and cut them out then subtract them as the pumpkins leave the stand.  It’s great math practice to keep track of how many pumpkins have gone and how many remain.  Fun!

Counting Pumpkins Free Printable for Story Time: The Littlest Pumpkin

Crafts

Yeah, there’s an s on the end of that header.  Because I could not choose between these three.  They’re all relatively easy peasy, so you can do them all or just pick one or two, but they’re freaking cute, so I recommend doing them all.

Mason Jar Lid Jack-o-lantern

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What you need:

  • 1 metal mason jar lid
  • Orange Craft Paint
  • Black Craft Paint
  • Twig (or if you’re lucky enough to have access to grapevine, a small piece of that)

What you do:

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  • Paint the metal side of the lid orange (it may take 2-3 coats, especially if there are any words on the lid)
  • Use the black craft paint to draw a jack-o-lantern face
  • Hot glue or tape the twig to the back
  • If you want, tape raffia or twine to the back so you can hang your pumpkin like an ornament

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Mason Jar Jack-o-lantern

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What you need:

  • Mason jar (not a Ball, but a plain one that doesn’t have words etched in the glass)
  • Orange, black, and green craft paint
  • Raffia
  • LED tealight (optional)

What you do:

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  • Paint all but the rim of the jar orange
  • Allow to dry
  • Paint the rim of the jar green
  • Use the black paint to draw a jack-o-lantern face on one side of the jar
  • Stuff the jar with raffia
  • Place an LED tealight in the jar if you want your jack-o-lantern to light up

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Craft Stick Halloween Goodies Holder

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What you need:

  • 2 ½ inch diameter plastic jar lid (we used the lid off a bouillon cube jar)
  • 22 standard craft sticks
  • Orange and black craft paint
  • Hot glue gun (for parents to use)

What you do:

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  • Paint the craft sticks orange

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  • Have mama or dada glue them in a ring around the lid
  • Use the black craft paint to paint a jack-o-lantern face on one side
  • Fill your Goody Holder with treats (if you’re making it for me, Milk Duds and Sugar Babies will do. Or peanut M&Ms.  Or strawberry Twizzlers.  Just sayin’.)

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Food

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Bites

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cooke Bites for Story Time: The Littlest Pumpkin - Lit Mama Homeschool

Oh. Yeah.

What you need:

  • 8 oz Neufchatel (or cream) cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs, divided
  • 1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Grease 2 cookie sheets
  • Cream together Neufchatel, butter and pumpkin till smooth
  • Stir in sugar and vanilla until well combined
  • Add flour, ½ cup graham cracker crumbs, and spices
  • Stir until smooth and well-mixed
  • Place 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs in a medium-sized bowl
  • Use a teaspoon to scoop small balls of dough
  • One at a time, roll dough balls in graham cracker crumbs, then place on greased cookie sheets
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • Allow to cool
  • Store these babies in the fridge; they’re made of cream cheese. Plus, they’re even better cold!

 

I don’t know about you, but I want to do this Story Time over and over again.  I mean, just the crafts have got me pumped.  Add in pumpkin cheesecake Anything?  I’m in.

Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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8 Comments

  1. It’s definitely not feeling fallish in the desert, yet! In the 90s today. 🙁
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  2. Aw we love this book! Perfect for this time of year:) Great ideas-thanks for sharing!

  3. I’m not familiar with this book, but I especially like the math activity you came up with. My little guys would really enjoy that! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
    Tina
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  4. gosh so much fun and activities to follow up this amazing book. I believe we will be doing this soon. Thanks for sharing
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