Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Very Hungry Pumpkin Thanksgiving Felt Board Activity

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It's Thanksgiving time! One book that I've always found to engage preschoolers' favorite books is Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. So I wrote this fun Thanksgiving felt board story that invokes the same storyline with a Thanksgiving theme. It's a great way to help preschoolers practice colors and have fun through a new rendition of a familiar story. 

The idea behind this interactive felt board story is that a hungry 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 happy and comfortable with. A few years ago, I presented this at our local library for a storytime for 20+ children. It was a hit!

Below you can find images of how to present this activity individually, or in small or large groups, 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...
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!"

Click the link below to download 

 If you love this activity and want to do it next Halloween, check out the jack-o-lantern version.

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