5 Little Pumpkins Story Basket


I have always loved the 5 Little Pumpkins poem.  I remember learning it when I was in preschool!  This story basket included Dollar Tree pumpkins for some hands-on retelling. 


  • 2 packages of clip-on pumpkins from the Dollar Tree
  • Cardboard cut to look like a gate
  • Slips of paper with "1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th" written on them
  • Basket
  • Printed poem

How to Play:

Using the printed poem, point to the words as you read them. My family uses this version with bats instead of witches. 

Next read the poem while modeling with the props.  Clip the correct ordinal number (1st-5th) under the pumpkin as you read it.

Want to hear me read the poem?  Go here

Reading Center:

Place the poem in your reading center with the basket of materials close by.  Children can take turns retelling the poem using the pumpkins.  Or they can make their own poems using the pumpkins!

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