We took a fun trip to the pumpkin patch...a couple weeks ago...it's taken me a while to get to this post.
I'm so glad we did, because the kids' had a great time...and of course it's always nice that the money is going to some young girls who have worked really hard. We've never taken the kids to a "real" pumpkin patch.
Of course, once they'd chosen one pumpkin, they wanted to keep on going. We ended up coming home with 5 pumpkins total...one for each family member.
And I thought I'd share a few of our favorite pumpkin books and activities with last year in case you missed them...Some of these might be too late to inspire you for this year...but they're all really easy and some of them could still make fun books/activities leading up to Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper is a cute book about 3 friends learning to cooperate with each other and be flexible as they make pumpkin soup. We read this book when we made pumpkin soup in the crock pot to go along with the book. We put a spider in the soup to go along the kindergarden S chant, but there's nothing "Halloween" in this books, so this could still be a great read.
Pumpkin Heads by Wendell Minor is another really fun book. It has lots of different Jack O Lantern ideas, and I made some easy felt pumpkin/shape toys for the kids to play with and rearrange their own pumpkin faces.
If you're carving pumpkins today like we are, it's definitely not too late to take advantage of the printable pumpkin seed packets that I made to go along with Pumpkins Pumpkins by Jeanne Titherington. This is a book about the life cycle of pumpkins, so it could definitely still be appreciated in the weeks after Halloween (or even in the spring at planting time).
It's still not too late to make some mason jar pumpkins. These have been making their rounds on blogs for a couple years. We made them when we read Five Little Pumpkins, but they could also go with just about any pumpkin book...or on their own.
And finally, another favorite book at our house is The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz. This one starts before Halloween and ends in Thanksgiving, so it's a perfect book to read in November. It also has a great message about being yourself even if it means being a little different. This books also goes well with a felt pumpkin activity, like the one we did with Pumpkin Heads.