Pumpkins, Jack-O-Lanterns, Witches, Oh, My!

Here are some fun songs and fingerplays. Thanks to my fellow Kindermusik teacher, Merri Williams in GA.

Pumpkins on the Ground (To the Tune of: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground
(crouch down)
How’d you get so big and round?
(stretch arms out wide to sides and then make a circle)
Once you were a seed so small,
(pretend to hold a seed)
Now you are a great big ball!
(make huge circle with hands)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground
(crouch down)
How’d you get so big and round?
(stretch arms out wide to sides and then make a circle)

I am a pumpkin, big and round
(make huge circle with arms)
Once upon the time I grew on the ground
(point to ground)
Now I have a mouth, two eyes, and a nose.
(point to each)
What are they for, do you suppose?
(scratch head)
When I have a candle inside shining bright
(hold up right index finger)
I’ll be a Jack-O-Lantern on Halloween Night
(bragging gesture)

Halloween Witches (to the tune “Ten Little Indians”)

One Little, two little, three little witches
(fold up hand and count three)
Fly over haystacks
(fly hand up and down)
Fly over ditches
Slide down moonbeams without any hitches
(glide hand downwards)
Heigh-ho! Halloweens’ here!

One Dark and Stormy Night
Late one dark and stormy night,
(use spooky voice)
Three little witches were stirring a pot,
(pretend to stir a pot)
Two little ghosts say, How d’ye do?
(lower voice)
Go tiptoe, tiptoe, tiptoe
(say in a whisper)
(very loud) 😀

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Home Made Play Dough

I have been thinking about doing this for a long time. Actually, my oldest son’s Mother’s Morning Out teacher gave me this recipe when he was about 18 months old. He is 9.5 years old now so you can see the idea has been kicking around in the back of my head for a little while! We had lots of fun and it got out their creative energy and eventually got them out from underfoot so that I could make the promised blueberry muffins!

1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Salt
2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 tablespoon Oil
1 cup Water
Food Coloring (optional)

Mix up the dry ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Add the oil, water and food coloring. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly because the mixture will thicken up quickly. In 2-3 minutes you should have a big ball. Turn out onto waxed paper or a plastic plate or board and knead until smooth and cool. (This part is great for the kids!) Store in an air tight container or freezer bag.

Yes, someone got bored and took her dress off while she was waiting!

Bell Horses

Help your child learn about counting with this fun Mother Goose rhyme.

Bell horses, bell horses,
What’s the time of day?
One o’clock, two o’clock,
Time to go away.

Good horses, bad horses,
What’s the time of day?
Three o’clock, four o’clock,
Time to go away.

You can help your child hold up fingers at the proper times. You can get out some toy horses or even cut out some approximations of horses yourself! Maybe your drawing skills are not up to snuff but magazines and the internet are full of photos.

Can you make a clip-clop sound with your hands on different parts of your body? Can you make the sound with just your tongue? Can you move the toy horse around the room at a gallop and a trot? Can your feet move like a horse?

Up and Down the Elevator

Even the littlest babies love to play this game. My kids would still be playing if I could still lift the big ones! Lift your little one up slowly over head. Use your voice to slide up as well. Do the same on the way down. Don’t pass up the opportunity in both directions for a peck on the cheek and an “I love you!” This is also a great time to work on the signs for UP and DOWN. Your baby/ child is learning trust as well as up and down in a great multi-sensory fashion.