Five Little Pumpkins Finger Puppets

Can you tell I may be just a little excited for pumpkin season this year?

Today I thought I would post one of my favorite pumpkin activities so far this season…reading the poem “Five Little Pumpkins,” complete with hand made finger puppets, to my kiddos.

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If you’ve never heard this poem, it’s super cute! It goes like this:

Five little pumpkins, sitting on a gate.

The first one said, “Oh my it’s getting late.”

The second one said, “There are witches in the air!”

The third one said, “But we don’t care.”

The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.”

The fifth one said, “We’re ready for some fun.”

Ooooh went the wind. And out went the light.

And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

-author unknown

Five Little Pumpkins Finger Puppets by Twodaloo

My mother gave us this book last year for Halloween, and you can tell from the picture that it has been around the block a few times.  This particular book is the classic poem illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. You can find it for sale here.  I love the bright, colorful pictures and simple shapes in this version of the book.

Five Little Pumpkins Finger Puppets by Twodaloo

While preparing for this week’s tot school activities, I decided on a whim to make some finger puppets to go along with this book.  I wanted the pumpkins to match the five pictured in the illustrations so we could make the book into a matching game.

Five Little Pumpkins Finger Puppets by Twodaloo

Tada!!  Mission accomplished.

Five Little Pumpkins Finger Puppets by Twodaloo

To create these, I used the bottom of a teacup to trace two orange circles and one black circle, all of felt, for each pumpkin.  Then I freehanded faces onto five of the orange circles and then cut the small pieces out with some fabric scissors.  After that was done, I sandwiched the black circle and the front orange circle (the one with the face) around a small green felt stem, and then sewed the two circles together using a straight stitch and orange thread.  Next, I switched to yellow thread and did some decorative top stitching to recreate the yellow lines in the book’s illustrations.  Finally, I sewed the pieces together on top of my first round of topstitching, making sure to leave a hole in the bottom for little (or big) fingers.

Five Little Pumpkins Finger Puppets by Twodaloo

And there you have it! An adorable set of little pumpkins to act out your story.  Be sure to point out the differences between the pumpkins (eyes, mouth shape, etc.) as you play.  The facial expressions on the pumpkins are also a good way to talk about emotions!

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  1. These are absolutely darling! How fun to read the story and use the finger puppets! I love it.

  2. So cute! I want some ! :)

  3. I love that poem. Such cute pumpkins!

  4. Adorable! Pinned it. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. How adorable! I love them:)

  6. These are so cute – I am going to have to make some for J and T. Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week and just letting you know that I’m featuring you this week :) over on Rainy Day Mum.

  7. Haha! So cute. I have never heard of that story before so I will have to check it out at the Library. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  8. So cute! I always made mine out of paper, but these look more durable (and again cute!)

    I too love the poem/song/rhyme and use it to review family vocabulary words. We cut out the different family members of pumpkins (mom, dad, baby, sister, baby) when we say the song we hold up the correct pumpkin. Later, like with yours, I have students volunteer to come up and be the baby, brother, daddy, etc. I have done it with finger pumpkins to represent each family member, but mine are never as cute as yours! So in the end I have just settled on a cut and paste project TONS of FUN!

    Always TONS of fun!

    • What a cute lesson plan! And I love how you adapted the poem to incorporate family vocabulary. I love it! Maybe we will try this version next year…mine will be the perfect age for it then!

  9. They look awesome, I’m sure my daughter would love these as she finds finger puppets fascinating.

  10. I am sure the 2-and 3-year old’s in my preschool classes would love these. They are big fans of felt stories and finger puppets.

  11. Another wonderful idea! I would love to use this with my library programs.

  12. Love it….my daycare kids would love playing with them. Thanks for a super cute idea.

  13. Fall is my favorite season by far, and this year my daughter is old enough to enjoy these wonderful pumpkin puppets!

  14. Those are the cutest little puppets!! And I love how you can use them to talk about emotions too! Thanks for sharing–I’m pinning it to my (CarlaINHouston) Awesome Preschool board!

  15. I love these so much! Perfect for toddlers. Can’t wait to use it with my boys this month.

  16. Your pumpkins are adorable. They look just like the pumpkins in the book. Thanks for posting this fun activity.

  17. Thank you so much for sharing this adorable post on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page.

  18. Your pumpkins are just adorable, how inspiring! I am featuring this as one of our best Halloween Literacy Activities on the Weekly Kids Co-Op this week over at Triple T Mum!

  19. Pinned! How fun – my boys would love this. Featuring at Family Fun Friday! Monica

  20. These are super adorable! What a great idea! I featured this post on my weekly round-up from the kids Co-Op

  21. Oh, I love them!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  22. Thanks again for sending the puppets – it was my first time winning a giveaway : ) my kids absolutely love the finger puppets!

  23. Do you sell the finger puppets? I’m not a cannot sew but think these little pumpkins puppets would be great for my little one’s Kindergarten class. Please let me know.

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