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.
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.
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!