In our kindergarten science lessons, anchor charts are always a part of our learning routines, as creating visuals is an effective way for students to learn the information about the topic of the week. For pumpkin week, we study the life cycle. Using this anchor chart, we act out each part of the pumpkin life cycle.
-seed (Get low to the ground, and wrap your arms around your legs. Then we pretend to put water on our heads, along with making the sun's rays come down.)
-sprout (We pop up, holding our hands up, close to our bodies.)
-vine (We spread our arms out as we wiggle them.)
-flower (Pop your hands open and closed in front of you.)
-green pumpkin (Keep one hand popped open for the flower, and make a fist behind it to represent the little green pumpkin.)
-pumpkin (Put your fingertips together, making a circular shape, and make it get bigger and bigger above your head.)
-Carve it into a jack-o-lantern! (While holding your hands above your head, make a silly face!)
-Rot into the ground. (Make your body go limp.)
Start all over!
We LOVE to act out this anchor chart over and over again throughout the week! I love that the information sticks with the kids!!!
Five Little Pumpkins Sitting On a Gate is our favorite song for pumpkin week! We create this little craft to go along with the rhyme! The picture below is my example; the kids are encouraged to add their own faces to their jack-o-lanterns.
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This pumpkin science activity is my favorite! When the kids reach into the pumpkin to take out some seeds, the sensory experience is sure to provide this teacher with belly laughs! Students gather a few seeds to place in a bag and take home.
I admit, the kids only take out minimal seeds, so I scrape out the rest to provide them with a visual of what the inside of the pumpkin consists of, including some pulp.
After reviewing the pumpkin life cycle throughout the week, students complete their morning work crafting project. Starting a craft first thing is a simple strategy for getting students busy upon arrival while also saving so much time for learning once the day begins! The routine is that they cut out the pieces, but they do not glue them together. They place each of the pieces under their boxes as they cut them out. For this activity, I provided pieces for steps 1-3 in their table caddies for morning work. By the time our day started, everyone had completed the process, and we could start right in with coloring step 4 together. We glued the projects all at the same time, step-by-step. This is such a smooth process, and it's a fun way to begin our day together!
Below is a picture of our completed pumpkin life cycle craft, along with some must-reads for pumpkin week, including Pumpkin Circle, The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, Pumpkin Pumpkin, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, The Runaway Pumpkin, and Pumpkin Jack.
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I might have a slight obsession with pumpkin everything, so here's another option for a little pumpkin life cycle craft:
To celebrate pumpkin week with our kindergarten math activities, we practice number identification and counting with this candy corn craft! Students are given a number and a candy corn sheet, and they cut out that many pieces of candy to glue inside of their candy dishes. This activity works well at a math center, too.
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Another math activity we enjoy is this super simple partner math game. Students practice dice number recognition and counting. Each student gets a witch's pot, clothespin, die, and a bag of 20 spiders. They take turns rolling their die and placing that many spiders in their pot. They use the clothespin to pick up the spiders for extra fine motor practice. The student who runs out of spiders first wins.
Our kindergarten arts and crafts activity for pumpkin week includes creating a class pumpkin patch. To get started, students are given the following materials:
-small white paper (eyes)
-small brown paper (stem
-small green rectangle (leaf)
-green strip (vine)
-large orange paper (pumpkin)
Since we read about Spookley and friends earlier in the week, we make a connection to drawing different shapes for our pumpkin features. I love that we can tie in math activities with our art lessons! Here is the visual I create step-by-step for the students, while encouraging them to draw shapes of their own choice. I project the papers on the board and draw the variety of shapes on top with a dry erase marker to give them clear visual directions. Then I cut my own pieces, and we glue together as we go. Students are instructed to use crayons to draw eyeballs, and I draw a variety of faces on the board for them to choose from, too.
We read We're Going on a Pumpkin Hunt and students create their own pumpkin patch!
They really are the SWEETEST little pumpkins in the patch! (Side note: This Land of Make Believe banner was given to me by a teacher friend who knows of our rainbow-themed classroom, and the statement is just SO fitting for us! We pretend every single day throughout our learning! LOVE!!! LOVE!! LOVE!!)
This little pumpkin stack makes an adorable locker decoration for adding a festive Fall flair to our classroom, and it's available exclusively in our TpT store. Just click the photo below to access it.
I can't write a pumpkin blog post without including a few of our at-home pumpkin activities. We paint pumpkins every year, and below is a photo from a few years back. I just love it because we had a baby in the house who participated with a painted foot!
I just really love painted feet, so I wanted to capture this moment with a fall keepsake, too!
Now, back to the classroom! We end our pumpkin week with a celebration by having a pumpkin pie taste test!
The pumpkin fairy visits while the students are at specials to prepare the big event. (Students' families provide the items, and I'm just so incredibly grateful for their generosity with our learning activities!)
The kids are encouraged to try new things in the cafeteria every day, so this challenge is accepted with exceptionally wonderful manners! Students take a little nibble and give a thumbs up or down opinion. Then they fill out their survey so we can complete our class graph.
While the kids are at lunch and specials, I carve a pumpkin! This year, I carved a spider for letter Ss week! The kiddos get so excited to watch the progression throughout the day!
Happy pumpkin week, friends! If you're feeling inspired, explore all of our pumpkin activities, including multiple DISCOUNTED craft bundles, by clicking the picture below:
More to come soon, friends! For now, here are a few visuals to get you started with some ideas for kindergarten lessons on staying healthy! Check out those germ paintings!
When we learn about fire safety during fire prevention week in October, our kindergarten class reads several fire safety picture books. Miss Mingo is my absolute favorite book for teaching about how to do a fire drill safely. Going to the Firehouse, The Berenstain Bears Visit the Firehouse, and The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck gives us a peek into the life of a firefighter and a fire station. We read Clifford the Firehouse Dog and Pete the Cat Firefighter Pete, too, because they are simply our favorite classroom characters!
Prior to any talk of fire safety, though, our families have an assignment to develop their fire escape plan at home. This REALLY helps to calm any fears students might have about a fire happening in their homes. I feel it's most appropriate for the grownups who live with my students to talk with their children first. We send home a family note and fire escape plan homework. When students return the homework sheet, they tell the class their escape plan. I hang onto the homework until we create the correlating firetruck craft. Then students cut the fire escape plan out of the homework sheet. In the picture above, the escape plan is glued to the back of the truck. In the photo below, our friend, Mrs. Verhoff, popped escape plans onto the corner of the trucks for display. (She also added glitter to the siren, which I love! Glitter makes everything even better, right?!)
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We typically have the firefighters from our local fire department stop by for a visit. They do a fantastic job showing students each part of their clothing, demonstrating how there's a person under all of that gear. They remind us that firefighters show up at a fire to help, so we should not be afraid, even thought they look and sound a little strange. They also take us out to their truck to show us the tools they use, which ties right into our community helpers unit. Throughout fire safety week, we create these firefighter crafts for the hallway to say THANK YOU!
If you would like your class to show their appreciation for their local firefighters, the download is available here:
All week, we focus on this anchor chart. As you can see, the first item listed includes having a meeting place. We tie this in with our fire escape plan homework. Other fire safety tips listed include the following:
-Stay low and go. Smoke is dangerous.
-Be safe around campfires. Ask for a grownup to help.
-Get out and stay out. Do not go back into the house for anything, even pets!
-I show students how to call 911 using a cell phone, reminding them ONLY to call in the case of an emergency.
-Do not hide from a fire.
-Do not touch the stove or candles.
-If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll.
For our fire safety art project of the week, we start with a campfire projected on our board. We turn off all of the lights and put on our coats. We pretend to put blankets on our legs, and we make s'mores. We review campfire safety rules together. Then we study the colors of the flames. This is our inspiration for our water color painting.
Students use red, orange, yellow, and brown paint on white paper. Once the paintings are dry, I draw flames on the backs of all of their paintings. Students cut on the lines, and glue their flames to black paper. Then they visit me at the "glitter factory," where we add liquid glue and glitter to their projects. They also glue popsicle stick logs onto their projects.
I just REALLY love seeing kids' art projects come to life!
Below you will find our discounted Fire Safety Craft Pack that is available in our store. Along with the fire safety arts and crafts listed above, we also complete a fire safety booklet together during fire prevention week. In our math center, students create fire truck shape crafts, where they practice identifying shapes and counting shapes. Students also create firefighter hats and badges to show they are fire safety experts by the end of the week!
In the Fire Safety Craft Pack below, kindergarten lesson ideas and differentiated activities are included among the topics covering the following: Name Practice, Fire Safety and Writing, Pattern and Addition to Ten, and Number Order from 1-10.
The October packet below includes kindergarten lesson ideas and activities among the topics covering the following themes: Football, Fire, Farm, Spiders, and Pumpkins!
Happy fire prevention week, friends! We hope our ideas help your students become fire safety experts!
Let's get down on the farm with some farm activities for kindergarten! To begin our week, we sing and explore with farm songs, including The Farmer in the Dell and Old MacDonald Had a Farm. As we view the songs on youtube, we make lists of farm animals, and we also discuss the elements that are a part of a farm's setting. We create a barn craft, and we write and draw about a farm animal inside.
Some of our favorite titles for exploring farms include Pete the Cat Old MacDonald Had a Farm, Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type, Otis, and cock-a-doodle-hoo!
Mrs. Wishy-Washy and Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm are among our favorite farm picture books, too! We use little cutouts to retell Mrs. Wishy-Washy, and the kids have a ball when they realize it is a circle story that just keeps going on and on!!
I spy more of our favorite farm titles in the pile of farm books for kindergarten above, including There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Cow! Sing along with the book for the first read aloud. Then read it again, and have the kids act it out with you! Afterwards, have some fun exploring shapes with our kindergarten math activity! To begin, create the cow craft, and project it on the board. As a class, trace and count the shapes you find. Record on the counting worksheet. Thens students create their own farm arts and crafts! This activity gets them talking about the shapes they identify!
Create one of the farm animal crafts as a class, or have groups of students create a variety of farm animals for an extension activity!
I'm fortunate enough to work with an amazing team of kindergarten teachers who go above and beyond to make our students' learning experiences count! One of my teammates has a farm with over 150 chickens. She brought a couple of her chicken friends to school so our littles could have a hands-on experience with a real-life farm animal! Before I told the class, though, we took some guesses about who our special guest from the farm could be! Five-year-olds have THE best ideas!! I get excited about tossing in extra lessons on the fly! Nothing cute, nothing fancy, but so much learning! In this quick activity, students were exposed to opinions, voting, counting, numerals, tallies, and the concepts of more and less! Wahoo!
Tada! Five friends were thrilled to find out they guessed correctly! Say hello to Mrs. Verhoff's chicken, along with our kindergarten team!
We couldn't possibly have a chicken come to school and not make a craft to go with it, right?! We grabbed some wiggle eyes and coffee filters to create some sweet little chicken pets!
We discussed animals' roles on a farm, too. Some of the looks on the kids' faces were of complete shock when they realized where those hamburgers and nuggets come from!
Enjoy your kindergarten farm study! Explore our store for a whole lot of farm arts and crafts for across the curriculum!
Hi, and welcome to Krazy for Kindyland, Kindergarten Arts and Crafts! I'm a mom of three and a primary teacher since 2006. We are on a mission to reach all little learners, providing them with engaging, hands-on learning opportunities to practice spatial awareness skills while learning across the curriculum. Here on the blog, we share differentiated lesson ideas that allow for teacher choice while incorporating crafting and writing into math activities, letter learning, science lessons, social studies topics, character education, and reading comprehension. Our crafts include consistent layouts and are easy for students to understand and follow directions. They are low prep, saving the precious time you need with your students! Fun fact: our customers often note that our products are GREAT for subs! They focus directly on learning content and are easy arts and crafts for kindergarten!
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