First 5 Friday- What is a prize 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 Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin" by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain. Have you seen a prize pumpkin?

TALK: Take this time to talk to your little one about fall, pumpkins and what they think about "The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin" by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain.


Suggested questions to get the conversation started for all ages:

  • What is the biggest pumpkin you’ve seen? Can you show me how big it was with your arms?

  • What will you be thankful for this year at Thanksgiving?

Suggested conversation questions about "The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin" by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain for children ages 0-3:

  • What was your favorite pumpkin that you saw in the book? Can you point it out?

  • Can you count the pumpkins you see in the book? Show me!

Suggested conversation questions about "The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin" by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain for children ages 4-5:

  • Have you ever seen two pumpkins that are exactly alike? That makes pumpkins like snowflakes!

  • What is your favorite thing to see in nature?


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


Box Pumpkin


Materials Needed:

  • Cardboard Box

  • Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Roll

  • Scissors

  • Orange Washable Paint

  • Green Washable Paint

  • Paint Brushes

  • Pencil, Black Marker or Black Crayon

  • Tape (optional)

  • Battery-Operated Candle (Optional)

How to Make a Box Pumpkin:

  1. Pick out a cardboard box to be the base of your pumpkin. Maybe your pumpkin will be a prize pumpkin!

  2. Trace the bottom of the toilet paper or paper towel roll where you want your pumpkin stem to be.

  3. Cut out the hole using your scissors.

  4. Many little ones might need help with this step.

  5. Paint your cardboard box orange and let it dry completely.

  6. Paint your toilet paper or paper towel roll green and let it dry completely.

  7. Once your cardboard box is dry, draw a face on one side of your cardboard box

  8. Cut out your face using your scissors.

  9. Like step 3, many little ones might need help with this step.

  10. Put the green toilet paper or paper towel roll in the hole at the top of your pumpkin.

  11. Hint: If the hole is larger than the toilet paper or paper towel roll, the stem might need tape to help it stay in place.

  12. If you would like, add a battery-operated candle in the box to create a jack-o-lantern.

  13. This step is optional.

  14. Enjoy your “prize” box pumpkin!

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

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