Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Fingerplays: Halloween Fingerplays (An English and Spanish Fingerplay!)

We've been doing this week's finger play all month and really enjoying it. I've included the Spanish version as well for those who are looking for bilingual fingerplays.

There is also a book based on this fingerplay that might be fun to read as well.

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a fence (Hold up all five fingers over opposite forearm to mimic sitting on a fence)

The first one says "Oh my it's getting late" (Pantomime looking at watch or point to clock in the room)

The second one says: "There are witches in the air" (Point to the sky)

The third one says: "But we don't care" (Shrug)

The fourth one says: "Let's run and run and run" (turn in a circle)

The fifth one says: "I'm ready for some fun!"

Whooooosh! Goes the wind. (Wave hands like the wind)

Out goes the light (Give a loud clap)

Five little pumpkins rolling out of sight (roll hands and hide behind back)

The Spanish finger play version is below and the actions are the same as outlined above. (Desculpa la falta de acentos.)

Cinco Calabacitas

Cinco calabacitas sentadas en un porton.

La primera dijo: Se esta haciendo tarde"

La segunda dijo: "Hay brujas en el aire"

La tercera dijo: "No le hace"

La cuarta dijo:"Corramos, corramos"

La quinta dijo: "Es una noche de espanto"

Uuuuuuuu hizo el viento.

Y se apagaron las luces.

Las cinco calabacitas, corrieron a esconderse!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Fingerplays: What Am I?

Here is a Halloween themed fingerplay for your little ones.

What Am I?

A face so round (Hands in a circle)

And eyes so bright (Point to eyes)

A nose that glows (Point to nose)

My, what a sight!

A fiery mouth (Point to mouth)

With a jolly grin (Grin)

No arms, no legs (shake legs and arms)

Just head to chin (touch forehead and chin)

What am I?

A Jack-O-Lantern!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


We have been reading Where is Baby's Pumpkin by Karen Katz on a daily basis over here. The constant exposure triggered some primordial craft genes to express themselves and, if I do say so myself, this is a decent craft/book tie-in for the younger toddler. Also, it doesn't tax my quite limited crafting skills. Another plus is you can s-t-r-e-t-c-h this one out over the course of several days.

All you need are:

1. Construction paper in a variety of autumn/halloween colors
2. Halloween stickers
3. Crayons
4. Watercolor paints or other paints
5. Scissors (for mommy)
6.Glue (for mommy)

The modus operandi here is mommy cuts out the basic shape of items featured in the book (pumpkin, ghost, witch hat, bats etc... Although just do one at a time!) and allows the toddler to color or paint them followed by liberal application of holiday stickers.

Then mommy glues whatever needs to be glued (if she hasn't done it already) and sticks the art work on the wall.

The next time you read 'Where is Baby's Pumpkin' you refer back to the craft project 'Hey, look, there's the pumpkin we made' etc...

Here are some pics of the creative process...

Monday, October 12, 2009


Chasing Cheerios has a great pumpkin decorating felt 'game' over on her blog. It is too cute and would be perfect for little and older toddlers.

It's based on a scarecrow decorating game from Let's Explore.

Way cute and super fun. I hope to try this with my little pumpkins. :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Now is the time to head out to the pumpkin patch and pick some apples. Check out for locations near you.

And a quick checklist of seasonal activities--You haven't done Fall until you done all of the below--:

1. Leaf rubbing.

2. Drinking hot cider with donuts.

3. Eating apple cobbler over ice cream.

4.Carving or otherwise decorating pumpkins.

5.Roasting pumpkin seeds.

6. Jumping in to a pile of leaves.

7.Reading books about Halloween and the Fall season.

8. Collecting pretty leaves and acorns for a collage.

9. Dance to the 'Monster Mash' or 'Thriller'.

10. Watch It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

What makes Fall for your family?