“Pumpkin, Pumpkin” — A Great Halloween Song to Teach Your Children!

Pumpkin Photo

Pumpkin by hin255

(First image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.  Second image courtesy of hin255/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net.)

Today is October 1st, and Halloween is only one month away!  Children love to celebrate Halloween!  They love the costumes, the treats, and all the wonderful Halloween activities that teachers can bring into the classroom.

Halloween is also a perfect time to teach new English words and concepts.  My song “Pumpkin, Pumpkin” is a fun Halloween song that teaches two concepts:

1.  Size (small and big)

2.  Change (from pumpkin to jack-o-lantern, from small to big, from quietly to loudly).

To begin, make two paper pumpkins — a small one and a large one. Each of the pumpkins has two sides — one side without a face, and one with a face (jack-o-lantern).  Show the students the plain side of the “small” pumpkin and say “pumpkin.” Then turn it around and say “jack-o-lantern.”  Once students know these two words, put it into this simple chant:

Jack-o-Lantern Chant by Kathleen Kampa

Pumpkin, pumpkin, (turn picture around) jack-o-lantern
Pumpkin, pumpkin, (turn picture around) jack-o-lantern
Pumpkin, pumpkin, (turn picture around) jack-o-lantern
Happy Halloween!

Now you’re ready to sing the song. The lyrics and ideas for movements are below:

Pumpkin, Pumpkin
(words adapted by Kathleen Kampa, music: traditional)

(Sit with students in a circle. Sing quietly.)

Pumpkin, pumpkin small and fat,
(With fingers, make the shape of a small pumpkin.)

Turn into a jack-o-lantern,
(Roll hands. Spread fingers out wide.)

Just like that!
(Tap two fingers on the palm of your hand as you say each word.)

(Sing the verse again!)

Spoken: Grow and grow and grow and grow
and grow and grow and grow and GROW!
(Slowly stand up while making a big pumpkin shape. Get louder!)

(Sing loudly.)

Pumpkin, pumpkin big and fat,
(While standing, make the shape of a big pumpkin with your whole body.)

Turn into a jack-o-lantern,
(Turn around. Jump into a big shape.)

(Clap and stamp on each word.)

(Sing the verse again!)

Here is a simple recording of the song to let you hear the melody and rhythm.

“Pumpkin, Pumpkin” is one of many songs featured on my Special Days and Holidays CD available on iTunes and CD Baby.com.  Just click on my CD title below if you want to hear the professional studio version on iTunes. Four other Halloween songs are also featured.

Kathy Kampa’s Special Days and Holidays

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Let me know how your children enjoy “Pumpkin, Pumpkin.”  Happy Teaching!


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