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Theme > Pumpkins and Jack-o'-Lanterns
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Activity #1:  Letter Pp is for Pumpkin Activities
Visit this related set of activities to present P is for Pumpkin and other learning activities to incorporate with this or as a separate activity.

Peter, Peter the Pumpkin-Eater is a popular nursery rhyme that is effective to practice letter P (Peter & pumpkin),  focus on an pumpkin and autumn harvest theme, or an alternative for Halloween celebrations.

Activity #2: The Pumpkin Eater Nursery Rhyme 
Note:  Prior to presenting the nursery rhyme, make one color version of the craft to use during the reading.  This can generate enthusiasm and motivation for the children to later make their own.

Read and/or sing using the the nursery rhyme poster and craft.  Make sure child understands the meaning of all the words.   Identify colors an images in the picture.

Discuss the rhyme in terms of what is real and fantasy. Ask the children what they think about Peter's wife inside the pumpkin shell.  Is it possible to live inside a pumpkin?   

*Find all the letter P's in the rhyme text - have children circle all the letter P's in the coloring page version.

*Proceed to do the craft and use again to read and dramatize the nursery rhyme.

Note:  Children under 2 will benefit greatly from singing, using puppets, stuffed animals, and/or finger plays with nursery rhymes.

Other resources:
A Rhyme a Week - Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater - Ages 4+
Comprehensive 5-Day Lesson Plans and activities by Laura B. Smolkin for Core Knowledge.  PDF Format Only
*Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater Lesson Plans
*Nursery Rhyme Card/Poster
*ELL Picture Card Set
*ELL Riddle Cards

Activity #2:  The Pumpkin Eater Craft
This is a fun craft, but it does require some adult assistance to complete.  It is a pumpkin with an image of Peter on the pumpkin.  Peter's wife is a craft stick puppet that slides through an opening in the pumpkin to mimic her living inside.  I chose fun images of two young pilgrims to tie to a Thanksgiving theme.

Print your choice of color or black line format templates to color and decorate.  Ideally, print on sturdy paper, card stock or glue paper version to thin card board.    Template #2 has detailed instructions and illustrations to assemble the craft.

Use the craft to read, dramatize and reinforce the rhyme.

Color Practice:  Make sure to identify colors and shapes associated with the craft -- the pumpkin is a circle and has orange shades.  Peter and his wife, who represent Pilgrims, are dressed in blue and white attire.

Peter Pumpkin- Eater Craft
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templates below

Color Templates
*#1 & #2 & instructions

Black & White
*#1 & #2 & instructions

Print or read from the screen:
Peter, Pumpkin Eater Rhyme:
*Color Poster
*Coloring Page
-with text
-no text

*Try to dress in something orange today - both educator and children.

* white paper or card stock
* scissors
* glue
*something color with: crayon, markers

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