ILI’s October 2011 Featured Educational Book: Five Little Pumpkins!

Featured Educational Book for October 2011 is Five Little Pumpkins!
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh, my it’s getting late!”
The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”
The third one said, “But we don’t care!”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run, and run and run!”
The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun.”
Ooooooooooo went the wind
And OUT went the lights.
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

This delightful rhyme is easy to memorize and has been around for decades. In this board book the rhyme is accompanied by cute and spooky illustrations of pumpkins, ghosts, witches, and black cats. By reading this book many times, your child will experience the rhythm and fun of rhyming and even make attempts to read/sing along with you. For children with speech disorders, encourage them to say the “Oooooooooo” sound. Encourage hand movements while reading and have your child “shake/wiggle their pointer finger” for “but we don’t care,” the child can “clap” their hands loudly for “OUT went the lights” page, and “roll” their arms one over the other for “rolled out of sight.” Encourage your child to point to and name/label the pictures (“pumpkin, gate/fence, cat, ghost, moon, and house”), count each pumpkin 1 through 5, point to the pumpkin’s eyes, nose, mouth, etc.

Our therapists teach new vocabulary using themed books and play activities that are related to the fall season and include sights, sounds, and pictures that our children will see throughout their daily experiences with their families. For example, almost every grocery store has pumpkins sitting outside the front doors during the month of October. What a great opportunity to teach your child this new word.

When you are talking with your child about a pumpkin remember to discuss all 5 of our senses (what is looks like, smells like, tastes like, feels like, sounds like), what it is used for, who grows it, where it is grown, etc. Here are a few suggestions: it’s color – orange, shape – round/circular/oval, has a stem, grows on a vine, can be cut or carved, feels sticky/slimy/ooey/gooey inside, has seeds inside, can be drawn on, facial features – eyes/nose/mouth/teeth, shape of facial features – circle/triangle/square/rectangle, a candle can go inside to light it up, etc.

It is important for your child to experience all the different things about a pumpkin hands on and encourage them to see, touch, feel, taste, listen, and smell.

This delightful and sturdy little board book is perfect for your little goblin. If you would like to purchase the book, please visit the educational books section of our Developmental Depot of educational books, educational toys & games.