Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Very Hungry Pumpkin Felt Board Story

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Here's a pumpkin felt board story that is perfect for the season. it's based on Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar book

These pieces are needed for the child(ren)'s interactive part in the felt board story.  I used this at our local library for a storytime (20+ children) and it was a hit!

You'll only need 1 orange pumpkin. But make enough of the other colors that each child(ren) gets one of all 6 colors.
You'll notice at the end, there are two endings provided. 
One is for the Halloween season.
The other is for the November/Thanksgiving season
One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and -pop!- out of the ground came a tiny and very hungry pumpkin.  He started to look for some food.

On Monday, he ate some blueberries.  After he had eaten them, he took a look at himself.  And he said, "Oh me, oh my!  What should I do?  Look at me, I've turned blue!"

On Tuesday, he ate a banana and some lemonade.  When he was done eating them, he looked at himself.  "Oh me, oh my!" the pumpkin bellowed.  "Now what do I do, I have turned yellow!"

On Wednesday, the very hungry pumpkin ate a grape, a plum, and an eggplant.  After he had eaten them, he took a look at himself.  "Oh me, oh my!  Whatever will I do?" he burpled.  This time that food has turned me purple!"

On Thursday, he ate some cotton candy, a piece of salmon, a pink grapefruit and a cupcake.  When he was done eating, he looked at himself.  And he said, "Oh me, oh my! I just can't think.  All those foods have turned me pink!"

On Friday, the very hungry pumpkin ate a cherry, a strawberry, a tomato, some spaghetti, and a big red apple.  After he had eaten them, he took a look at himself.  "Oh me, oh my!" the pumpkin said.  "How can this be?  Now I've turned red!"

On Saturday, he ate some broccoli, peas, lettuce, spinach, lime and a pear when he was done eating them, he looked at himself again.  "Oh me, oh my!" the pumpkin screamed.  "This time those foods have turned me green!"

That night, he had a stomachache.  The next day was Sunday again.  The pumpkin ate through a nice round orange, and after that he felt much better.  Now he wasn't a very hungry pumpkin anymore.  And he wasn't a little pumpkin any more either.  He was a big, round, orange pumpkin.

 Halloween Ending
But something didn't feel quite right.  So he went looking for something to help him feel a little bit better.  He nibbled on a few pieces of candy corn.  And then he said, "Oh me, oh my!  Look at me!  I'm a jack-o-lantern, happy as can be!"

Thanksgiving Ending

But something didn't feel quite right. So he went looking for something to help him feel a little bit better. He nibbled on a turkey leg. And then he said, "Oh me, oh my!" he began to sigh.  "I'm a piece of pumpkin pie!"

How I Did It:
Images are clip-art/coloring sheets (sized down, colored, and laminated)

When I presented this to Bear, iIhanded him the food pieces so he could name them.

Then I gave him the new color pumpkin and he named it as well.
I let him put all the pieces up on the board.


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crittersandcrayons said...

Wow! What a neat and creative idea!!! That's a game with love! :) Thanks so much for the link-up at the Halloween Blog-Hop! Please feel free to grab a badge in the left column of my blog for linking up here! Thanks, again! said...

Very fun and I love the 2 endings, so you can use it longer. We actually eat pumpkin pie and turkey for Christmas too, so we could use it until New Year's Eve.

Audrey said...

Love that you spend one on one time together. I did that with our three [all are adults now]...quality and quantity of time are priceless! Thank you for following me. Followed you back. Blessings, Audrey

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Cute idea. Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.


Brooke @ Let Kids Create said...

This is such a fun idea. I wonder if I'll have time to do it by Monday when I'm hosting a little group of toddlers. I imagine they'd love this.

Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness!

Ally @momstownteach said...

thank you for linking to momstown arts and crafts!

Laura @Art For Little Hands said...

I have not done anything with felt boards before. I need to get on that. I love this idea. So fun and great for them to listen to a story and be involved.

Beth ( said...

That is so cute! Love the idea & how you executed it. I would love for you to come link up at my TGIF Linky Party -
Beth =-)

Anonymous said...

Just saw this at TGIF Linky Party & love it! Since it is to late to pull this off this year, I am going to bookmark this page to do next year. Thanks for sharing!

H is for Homeschooling said...

This is adorable! I also found your site through the TGIF linky party. I am definitely going to do this with my Boogie next year. He loves felt board acitvities. I liked this idea so much, I put it on my pinterest board. Hope you had a nice Halloween!


Deborah said...

That is such a cute story and it is new to me! Thanks for linking up!

dadof2girls said...

How are the pics staying on? Velcro? Felt? Sandpaper?

linda smith said...

this is a must do with my class-love it-thank you -I know why I'm following you- such neat original ideas!

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