First 5 Friday - Have you seen an itty bitty pumpkin?

Happy First 5 Friday! Here is a great way to start off your weekend as you READ, TALK and PLAY with your little ones!


READ: Start off your weekend as you read "The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin" by Sonali Fry. If you were an itsy bitsy pumpkin, where would you roll?

TALK: Take this time to talk to your little one about fall, pumpkins and what they think about "The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin" by Sonali Fry.


Suggested questions to get the conversation started for all ages:

  • Can you roll like the itsy bitsy pumpkin? Show me!

  • If you rolled like a pumpkin instead of walking, where would you go?

Suggested conversation questions about “The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin” by Sonali Fry for children ages 0-3:

  • What was your favorite Halloween character in the book? Was it the pumpkin, ghost, goblin, bat, scarecrow or witch?

  • Can you bounce like the itsy bitsy pumpkin did down the hay bales?

Suggested conversation questions about “The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin” by Sonali Fry for children ages 4-5:

  • What do you think you would see on a spooky street?

  • What colors did you see in “The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin” by Sonali Fry?


PLAY: Play with your little one this weekend by creating a fun, pumpkin craft!


Pumpkin Painting with Q-Tips:


Materials Needed:

  • Multiple Q-Tips

  • White Construction Paper

  • Black Marker, Crayon or Colored Pencil

  • Rubber Bank

  • Orange Washable Paint

  • Green Washable Paint

How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Painting with Q-Tips:

  1. Draw a flowy line on the white piece of construction paper to represent a pumpkin vine.

  2. Group together multiple q-tips.

  3. Wrap a rubber band around the grouped q-tips.

  4. Dip the q-tips in the orange paint and stamp the paint on the pumpkin vine.

  5. Repeat step 4 multiple times along the pumpkin vine.

  6. Dip a new q-tip into the green paint and add a curved like to the top of the orange “pumpkin stamp” to represent the pumpkin stem.

  7. Repeat step 6 for as many “pumpkins” your little one stamped.

  8. Enjoy your pumpkin painting!

Please share pictures of the special memories you make with your little one on Facebook and Instagram at @First5Lex!

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