Math Activities for "Five Little Pumpkin Song" October 11 2015

With Halloween just around the corner, here are some great activities from our book/CD set MathMagic.

Don't forget to download our FREE song  "Five Little Pumpkins!!" 

Line them up. Cut out  paper pumpkins with numerals 1-5 or ordinal numbers. Hand out the pumpkins to five children. Have another child be the pumpkin picker. Sing the song and have the “pumpkin picker” select the correct pumpkin to come to the front of the room. Count the pumpkins to make certain the order is correct before having the pumpkins roll out of sight.

Ordinal numbers. Copy and cut out five pumpkins and print ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th,5th) on one side and ordinal words (first, second, third, fourth, fifth) on the other. Place the pumpkins out of order on the floor or board. Sing the song (out of order). Ask what is wrong with the song. Have the children help you figure out the correct order and rearrange the pumpkins. As the children become more proficient, use the side of the pumpkins with the ordinal words.

Count the seeds. Bring in a large pumpkin and ask the children what they think might be inside. Talk about the seeds and how many each child will be able to scoop out of the pumpkin. Use the graph at the end of this chapter and write each child’s guess on the board. Cut the pumpkin open. Have each child reach in and scoop out one handful of seeds. Count the seeds. Write the actual amount of seeds on the graph. Compare the estimates with actual amounts.

There are more great math activities in our MathMagic book/CD set. Check it out herei!