Flannel Friday: 5 Little Pumpkins

Last week I wrote about my favourite Halloween songs and rhymes.   I recently stumbled upon the Pete the Cat book version of “5 Little Pumpkins” and decided it would be an easy enough felt story to make for a novice like myself .   It’d also be great to help my toddlers visualize the rhyme as we count on our fingers.  Lots of people have done a felt story version before – check out the Halloween board by Flannel Friday for more ideas.  Here’s what I did!

Step 1: Find clipart pictures of pumpkins and adjust them to different sizes. Print and cut out.

pumpkin-clipart

Step 2: Trace pumpkins onto felt. I used a pen. Cut out the pumpkins. I ran out of orange felt and had to add some yellow pumpkins.

pumpkin-felt-cut-out

Step 3: Cut out all sorts of different shapes for the eyes, noses, and mouths. These pieces are tiny and can be tricky, but the kids will not care one bit if they are wonky. I promise.  I used scraps of black felt for this part.

Step 4: Cut out strips of brown felt and make one end pointed. They can be different lengths and widths. Cut out two longer strips that will hold the gate together.  Make the gate as long or as short as you’d like.

Step 5: Assemble pumpkins and gate usually hot glue. Burn your fingers multiple times – don’t fight it; it’s inevitable. Don’t panic when your gate looks like it’s been through a windstorm. This gives it character (right?).

Step 6: Use in storytime!

5-little-pumpkins

Thank you to Kathryn at Fun with Friends at Storytime for hosting this week’s Flannel Friday round-up.  I love the Flannel Friday community.

Halloween Songs and Rhymes

Well hello there! Long time, no blog.  It’s been a busy fall for us here at Jbrary.  Can anyone relate?

One of the things that’s been keeping us busy is doing outreach to our local daycares and preschools. One of the most requested themes for this time of year is Halloween.  That, coupled with the fact that I just learned a new Halloween song, is the inspiration for this blog post.  Without further ado, here are my favourite Halloween songs and rhymes I’m sharing when I do outreach this month.  And check out our Halloween Pinterest board for book, craft, and flannel story ideas!

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom Witch Style

Zoom, zoom, zoom
Climb onto my broom
Zoom, zoom, zoom
Climb onto my broom
If you want to go at night
to spread around Halloween fright
Zoom, zoom, zoom
Climb onto my broom
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
BOO!

A huge shout out to Melissa McVay, a preschool teacher at Discovery Clubhouse  in Cedar City, Utah! She shared this version with us and we hope to film a video of it soon. You can never have too many versions of Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, amirite?

Pumpkin, Pumpkin On the Ground

This one works well for an autumn theme as well. I use it at the end of storytime as a calming, settling song. We include the sign for pumpkin in the video.

5 Little Pumpkins

There are multiple book versions of this song.  In storytime, we do it three times – once at the beginning, once in the middle, and once at the end. Repeating the rhyme three times helps the little ones learn it better.

Pumpkin Chant


Apparently I like to sing about pumpkins.  This is a fun chant we learned from the lovely Rebecca.

Horns and Fangs


A monster themed version of Head and Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.  A super fun action song and you get to pretend you’re monsters.

Witch’s Pot


This is a fun prop song. If I’m visiting a small group I’ll bring a bunch of random felt pieces and hand them out. Then kids take turns putting the items into the pot and we talk about what we’re brewing.  It can get real silly real fast.

The Monsters Stomp Around the House


Firstly, this is the song that nearly ended my Jbrary career.  Watch the bloopers at the end if you don’t believe me!  Secondly, a viewer left a comment with these extended Halloween verses:

  • The witch & her cat ride on her broom, And they all say trick or treat, to you, and you and you, BOOM BOOM BOOM
  • The werewolf howls at the moon, And they all say trick or treat, to you, and you and you, BOOM BOOM BOOM
  • The goblins hop around it too, And they all say trick or treat, to you, and you and you, BOOM BOOM BOOM

Lastly, if you play the ukelele, definitely check out my friend April’s blog where she shares the chords to tons of storytime songs. She has a massive Halloween round-up right now.

What Halloween songs and rhymes have you been singing? Let me know in the comments!