Erica Silverman's Big Pumpkin! This fantastic story time prop was created by Ms. Sandra at my local library - brilliant!
This felt set would be amazing to me under any circumstances, but it's especially so since Big Pumpkin is one of my favorite Halloween books - and has been a hit with my students for about 20 years. (It was published in 1992, and I believe I got the book and tape for it in about 1994.) The very best part of it, to me, is the tape recording of the story. While you may not ever find (or want!) a cassette recording of the story, you and your students can still enjoy the music by checking out the book on YouTube.
So how might you extend the story, and have some hands on fun with your children? How about letting the children mix some red and yellow paint to make a big orange pumpkin?
You could paint their knuckles orange, and help them make a fist print pumpkin....
Of course, the very BEST thing to do with a big pumpkin, is just what the witch did in the story - make it into pumpkin pie!
I wrote a short poem and book about pumpkins for young readers, you can see it in my TeachersPayTeachers store.
Want even more pumpkin ideas? I've blogged about our pumpkin adventures before, check those posts out here.
Wishing you a lovely fall, full of pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin scents, and great big pumpkins!