we usually invite children to bring their own pumpkin to preschool for the few weeks before halloween (we always make sure there are plenty of extras!). we label them with names (and read them), count them, sort them, line them up, act out the 5 Little Pumpkins poem, pretend they are babies, cover them with blankets, load them up in big trucks, etc.
this year we have a friend who brought enough pumpkins and gourds for the whole school! his grandma and grandpa live on an apple farm (with pumpkins and turkeys too!), so he brought enough to share. we’re only disappointed that they live 15 hours away.
thank you, thank you…the pumpkin fun has only begun!