Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere {Book Review & Craft}

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere is a brightly coloured story book about pumpkins on their way to a big Halloween parade. There are sad pumpkins and happy pumpkins, scary pumpkins and scared pumpkins, wet pumpkins and dry pumpkins, cat pumpkins and wolf pumpkins and pretty much every other type of pumpkin out there.

The pumpkins – and the people dressed in costume who are carrying them – make it to the parade, where they light up the area and everyone is smiley and happy.

So this isn’t really a ‘story’ – it doesn’t have much of a plot, and has no moral or theme. It’s just words on pages with really nicely done picture, but it’s perfect for beginner readers.Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere {Book Review & Craft}

For 3 year olds

Aviya liked finding the right pumpkins and pointing them out – so she was able to identify the emotion or action (sad pumpkin or wet pumpkin, for example). With the emotion ones she also made the faces that matched the words, so I think it’s a good, simple and easy introduction to emotions.

For 5 year olds

The book is a bit young for being read to Ameli, but it’s a perfect early reader book because some pages have as few as two words on it, so they can read a whole book  in not too long a time, which I think is really encouraging.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere {Book Review & Craft}

Literature to crafts

Of course we can’t read a book without turning it into a craft, so we printed out pumpkins and faces and glued them on to make a pumpkin garland. You can find the printouts and instructions for the pumpkin garland here.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere {Book Review & Craft}

If you’re thinking of themed ideas for Halloween stories, have a look at these clever and fun Harry Potter themed lunch box snacks from Eats Amazing.

Zingzingtree’s fabulous bats make a great bunting too, and will complement the pumpkin bunting perfectly!

Make A Pumpkin Garland

It’s coming up for Pumpkin Time, so it’s time to decorate our learning space with something a little different for the new season. Our current house really doesn’t have the space for things like nature shelves and loads of sensory play – like last year’s autumn sensory box or the indoor fairy garden. What we do have though is a lot of wall space in our high ceilinged Victorian house, so wall decorations are always a good thing.

For this activity you will need:

  • orange cardboard
  • yellow cardboard
  • string
  • glue
  • market pens
  • a printer (optional)

You can either use our templates, or if you’re artistically inclined, you can draw your own pumpkins and faces, otherwise just print them off.

I’ve compiled these templates based on drawings from npics, lakeshore living and bkay.

If you print these pumpkins on A4 you’ll get 6 pumpkins – two of three styles – per page, so print as many as you’d like to use.

Make A Pumpkin Garland

Once printed, cut them out.

I also printed faces from craftbuds.com – printed as is they make half an A4 page, and they are the perfect size for the pumpkins. I printed three pages of pumpkins and two pages of the faces, but knowing full well the girls wouldn’t glue the faces on 18 pumpkins and I’d be left doing it after three or four each, I used a marker pen to draw some of the faces on quickly.

Once all the pumpkins have their features added, turn them round and space them out equally, then drop/squeeze glue over the backs, where you want the string to appear.Make A Pumpkin Garland

This is a lovely Lidl string that they do once a year and I can’t seem to find anywhere else. If you know where we can pick up extras, let me know!

Make a loop on both ends so that you can hang it around pins, with tac or whatever else you use on your walls.

Make A Pumpkin Garland

Be as creative as you like, and have fun with it!

Print these:

Make A Pumpkin Garland

Make A Pumpkin Garland