Thursday, July 7, 2011

Spookley The Square Pumpkin

For our first grade Halloween Party I decided on a pumpkin theme.  Spookley gets made fun of for being different and in the book he shows it is ok to be different.  So not only was this party fun, it was a great lesson for the kids.
The first thing we did of course was read the book to the kids.  If you don't want to do this during the party, just have the teacher read it to the kids the day or week before.
Next we played bingo as a group with candy corns for markers.
Then it was time for recess.  While the kids were at recess, someone put a surprise on their desks.  It was a little bag of candy corns with the follwing poem attached.

I started to carve a pumpkin
with my carving knife and scoop
But the pumpkin got a little scared
He took a little poop!
It looked so cute and funny
Just like a candy treat
So I'm sharing it with you now
Because you are so sweet!

The kids LOVED it!

After the excitement of their special treat wore off, we made our own square pumpkins.  Each child will need 7 orange popsicle sticks, 1 green pipe cleaner, a 5x6  piece of orange construction paper and one quarter sheet of black construction paper.  I bought the large popsicle sticks at my local craft store and had the children paint them a few days before the party so they had time to dry.
First staple the green pipe cleaner to the top(5 in side) of the orange paper so the child can hang thier pumpkin.  See photo. 
The kids then glued the orange popsicle sticks onto the orange paper.  They can cut or rip out the face they would like for their pumpkin from the black paper and glue onto the sticks.
Make sure to write the kids name on the back of the orange paper before you start the craft!

Once the craft was all cleaned up, we enjoyed pumpkin themed cupcakes as we watched the movie, "Spookley The Square Pumpkin!"


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