Pumpkin Book-Inspired Crafts & Activities

The following post is by Kristina of Toddler Approved. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.

pumpkin book inspired crafts and activities

My three-year-old is participating in a children’s book themed co-op preschool this year. In October I am the teacher and I am planning on sharing several of my favorite Halloween books with my little students. I have been collecting many ideas on my Halloween pinterest board and am excited to share some of them with you!

This week I am sharing five favorite pumpkin themed books along with several pumpkin crafts and activities.

These are great ideas to use if you are hosting a pumpkin-themed playdate or talking about pumpkins at preschool!

Click on each of the books below to read a short description. All of these books are ones that I’ve read with older toddlers and preschoolers on up!

Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin? by Karen Katz

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz

The Littlest Pumpkin by R.A. Herman

Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino

Here are several pumpkin book-inspired crafts and activities that you can try out…

pumpkin crafts and activities

Click on the links below to find the detailed tutorials for each craft or activity.

Make a Baby’s Pumpkin Story Box via The Good Long Road

Fingerpaint Great Pumpkins via 3 Dinosaurs

Littlest Pumpkin Name Craft via Fantastic Fun and Learning

5 Little Pumpkins Printing with Pool Noodles via Toddler Approved

Decorate Pumpkins via Mommy and Me Book Club

Make Pumpkin Bar Pumpkins via Toddler Approved

Pumpkin Patch Pretend Play via Teach Preschool

Puffy Paint Pumpkins via Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Create Pumpkin Rocks via Inspiration Laboratories

Have some Pumpkin Gross Motor Fun via The Pleasantest Thing

Make a Pumpkin Scarecrow via Toddler Approved

Spin Art Pumpkins via Rainy Day Mum

Have you read any of these books? Have you done any pumpkin themed crafts or activities that could also be used when exploring these pumpkin-themed books? Come share any links in the comments or on our VBC Facebook Wall.

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Camp Sunny Patch Honor Counselor Kristina of ToddlerApproved.comKristina is the author of Toddler Approved and founder of the Virtual Book Club for KidsShe is a mom of three and is a former Special Education teacher. When she’s not blogging, you’ll find Kristina jogging around town, organizing church and neighborhood social events, throwing crafting parties for kids, and traveling with her family. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on Facebook and Pinterest

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    Whoo hoo! Its pickling soeasn! Definitely grab some pickling cucumbers while you can, home made pickles are amazing. Below is a refrigerator pickle that anyone can make provided you have a place to keep them chilled until you eat them up and a water bath process to make shelf-stable Bread and Butter Pickles for longer keeping. The spices can be found in the bulk section of your local Fred Meyer, PCC Natural Markets, or Whole Foods (many other grocers may sell them as well). Be careful with anything that contains turmeric its a rather bright yellow and can stain your towels and counter tops.Bread and Butter PicklesFrom American County Living, Canning and Preserving by Linda Ferrari (1991)4 quarts pickling cucumbers (about 6 lbs)4 large onions1/2 cup Kosher or pickling salt4 cups vinegar (I use apple cider, make sure you get a 5% acidity level)4 cups sugar1 Tbs celery seed2 tsp. turmeric2 Tbs. yellow mustard seed1 tsp. mixed pickling spicesSlice cucumbers and onions and alternately layer in a strainer, covering each layer with salt. Cover with ice and let drain for 3 hours. Add additional ice as needed. Drain and rinse thoroughly.Combine the vinegar, sugar, and spices in a large non-reactive pot and bring to a boil. Add the cucumbers and onions and boil again.Fill hot jars with cucumbers, onions, and brine, leaving a 1/2 inch headspace. Release air bubbles, wipe the rims of the jars, and seal. Process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes. Makes 7 to 8 pints.Refrigerator PicklesFrom The Gardeners’ Community Cookbook, compiled and edited by Victoria Wise (1999)2 cups distilled white vinegar (5% acidity)1 cup sugar1/4 cup Kosher or pickling salt10 to 12 medium cucumbers, scrubbed and sliced 1/8 inch thick (about 2 lbs)1/2 medium green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into 1/8 inch wide strips1 large white onion, thinly sliced2 to 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced1 Tbs pickling spices2 Tbs dill seedWash and sterilize 2 quart jars and plastic screw top lids. In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, and salt until dissolved, set aside.Layer the cucumbers, peppers, onions, garlic, spices, and dill in the jars. Pour the vinegar mixture into the jars it will not cover the vegetables at first, but they will release liquid as they cure.Cap the jars tightly and put in the refrigerator for one week, turning the jar upside down and shaking a bit once a day to keep the ingredients mixed. Serve after one week or continue to store in the refrigerator for up to six months.Note: If you’re just starting out, beware that refrigerator pickles are a gateway drug. I started making these, and they were so easy and good! It gave me the courage to ask my grandmother how to make her famous pickled beets. It’s a treasured memory and family taste now that my grandmother has passed on. I now have a water bath canner and make pickles, jam, fruit, tomatoes, pasta sauce, etc. just like grandma did.

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