Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Very Hungry Pumpkin Felt Board Story

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It's getting close to Halloween! One of my preschoolers' favorite books has always been Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. So I created this fun Halloween felt board story. It helps preschoolers practice colors and have fun through a twist of a familiar story.
 
 

The premise of this interactive felt board story is that a pumpkin goes around eating various foods, which then turn him different colors. The pumpkin gets worried. At the end, he finally eats a food that turns him into something he is comfortable with. I used this at our local library for a  Halloween storytime for 20+ children. It was a hit!

Below you can find images of how to present this activity, as well as a link to download the script and images for this activity.

The story goes like this....
"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..."
 


As the days progress, the hungry pumpkin eats a variety of food that turns him many different colors. And he isn't happy with the results....
  
 
Each day, the pumpkin is upset at the results of what he's eaten. It isn't until the last day that the pumpkin finally finds a food to eat that makes him feel right...
 
"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!"
 

This activity can be used in a one on one activity or with small or large groups. Here are some pictures from when we did the activity.
 

 
Click the link below to download 

 
 If you love this activity and want to do it again next month, check out the Thanksgiving version.






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