We are so excited to share our FIRST compiled list of activities that go along with a book we love! We picked The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin since October is here and Halloween is in the air. We hope you can use some of these fun activities in your home or classroom.
Whenever we read a book to our classes, we like to use items to involve the 5 senses throughout the book. This began as an effort to involve students with deficits in hearing and vision, but evolved as we saw how beneficial (and FUN!) it was for all of our students. While reading Spookley, we used the items in the pictures above. Here is a short description of each:
- See: We looked at the pictures in the book, pumpkin seeds, pumpkins, and different pumpkin shapes
- Taste: We tasted pumpkin insides (for the brave at heart) and pumpkin candy
- Feel: We felt the fan blow on our faces when we read about the storm blowing the pumpkins away. We also had the students hold a paper pumpkin and then we turned the fan on and let it fly away. The students also loved operating the fan to blow a pumpkin out of the teacher’s hand. In addition to the fan, we felt pumpkin seeds, pumpkins, and different shapes: circle, square, rectangle, and circle
- Hear: During the part of the book discussing the storm, we used paint sticks to make loud noises and a rain stick to simulate rain. The students loved taking turns with the rain stick.
- Smell: We smelled the inside of a pumpkin and some soil that pumpkins could grow in.
We do these activities throughout the reading of the book to encourage engagement and exploration. This practice has had tremendous positive impact on our story time.
Activities for Spookley the Square Pumpkin:
Another powerful learning tool we believe in is making CONNECTIONS. We love doing activities that allow for continuous conversation and connections to other things we are learning about. This is why we like to come up with activities that tie into the books we are reading. Click on the pictures to check out our collection below:
Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.