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October 15, 2011

Going on a Pumpkin Hunt...

Have you read Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo? It is about a tiger named Peter who is on a quest to find the perfect pumpkin. He doesn't want a lumpy, bumpy pumpkin but a perfect plumply, dumply pumpkin. Why does he need a perfect pumpkin? Well, to make a perfect jack-o-lantern, of course!

This is a really cute story. I love all the rhyming and descriptive words it uses. After we read this story I thought it would be fun to go on our very own pumpkin hunt. So while Luke was at preschool I printed and cut out 32 paper pumpkins. Half were perfect plumply, dumply pumpkins and half were lumpy, bumpy pumpkins. I was lucky enough to get my printable from "The Mailbox Magazine" but I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to draw some up yourself.

Then I hid 30 of the pumpkins outside in the backyard all over the place. (I held out 1 kind of each pumpkin & I'll show you why in a minute.) My excitement level felt like we were about to have an Easter Egg Hunt. hahahaha And you should have seen how excited my boys were! I gave them their Halloween candy sack to hold all the pumpkins they found and after a 1...2...3...GO! They were off searching for pumpkins.

I tried to get some decent pictures but it all went down so fast....But trust me, it was crazy fun, even for my First Grader who is currently off track from school.

After finding all the pumpkins we came inside and counted them to make sure we got them all. Also, so Luke could practice his counting. Then we practiced making different patterns with the pumpkins. I made some light orange and some dark orange on purpose so there were more possibilities for patterning. You can see in the picture below the difference in the lumpy, bumpy pumpkins and the plumply, dumply pumpkins. (I know it's a tongue twister, you should totally try saying it 10 times really fast!)

Last we sorted our pumpkins. Prior to the pumpkin hunt I attached one of each kind of pumpkin to the front of an empty shoe box. This is why I only hid 30 of the pumpkins outside. The boys took turns sorting all of their pumpkins into the appropriate bin.

This was such a fun activity! After we were all finished the boys wanted me to go hide the pumpkins outside all over again.  LOL! And we couldn't end our Pumpkin Hunt without getting a treat so we made these super fun rice crispy treat pumpkins that I had pinned on Pinterest.

Now mine weren't as picture perfect as the one's on Pinterest, but trust me, they sure tasted perfect! hahaha! I ended up using one of those plastic containers that holds fruit to form my pumpkins. They weren't round on the bottom but that's ok, the boys didn't notice.  :)

I also warmed my tootsie rolls up at 50% power in the microwave for 8 seconds before putting them on. It made them just the right amount of softness to put on the crispy treats. How do I know only 8 seconds and 50% power? Well, lets just say there were a couple times I ended up with a hot melted mess of tootsie rolls in my bowl. hee hee

We have really enjoyed our Pumpkin Week. I have one more fun pumpkin art project coming your way the first part of next week but first I'm taking a much needed break off the grid for a loooong weekend. Ok, it's not really off the grid, but pretty much. haha!

Hope you have a great weekend and Happy Crafting!!

Linking up to THESE great parties.



San said... Best Blogger Tips

Have a great day! Those rice crispy pumpkins look really yummy!

Deceptively Educational said... Best Blogger Tips

OMGosh, this looks like fun! Your kids are SO LUCKY to have such a creative momma! I love that you used the fruit cup as a mold. Pure genius! Now I wish I'd volunteered to help plan my son's school fall party just so I could take these!

The Evans Family said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE this acitivity! I just put the book on hold at our library. We will be having our own pumpkin hunt soon. We made Rice Krispie pumpkins yesterday. Yum!
I am loving your blog, thanks for sharing such great ideas!

Lori @ La-La's Home Daycare said... Best Blogger Tips

That was as much fun as our Bear Hunt! Kids love this. Those pumpkin treats look great!

Thanks for sharing on the Holiday Kid Craft Link Up!


lindsy said... Best Blogger Tips

You and I should be friends! :) We just returned this same book to the library and I loved it too! The descriptive words were so fun to read. I'm going to print out some smooth and bumply pumpkins now. And those tootsie roll stems?! I love it! Thanks for the great ideas!

Beth said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute idea! I love activities based on books! I am starting a Linky Party if you want to link up at

Aimee from Classified: Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

Love these ideas- and guess what- I am gonna Pin it- (yes FINALLY on Pinterest!) Thank you for sharing on The Sunday Showcase!

Lovingmama said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the pumpkin hunt idea. We are having pumpkin tot-time at my house this week and will see how the kids like it. I will link back to this post =)

Lindsy said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved this so much, I posted about it at Preschool Alphabet :)


Shari said... Best Blogger Tips

It was so fun to catch up on your blog! You have SO many fun craft ideas. I honestly don't know how you find the time to do them. You're such an awesome mom! My favorite was the eyeball picture frame. I hope you have a great long weekend!

Aimee said... Best Blogger Tips

This is sooooo cute!!! Thanks for the idea. YOu cute girl!

Lorie said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fun idea! Love how you tied it in with the book!

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a fun idea! My daughter loves treasure hunts/scavenger hunts/etc. too. She would have loved this! :)

LocalFunForKids said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea! This is such a fun time of year, and it's good to get the kids outside before it gets too cold! Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday!

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

The pumpkins look yummy. I love your hunt idea.

Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

Ally @momstownteach said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing on momstown arts and crafts Halloween linkup!

The Mommies Made Me Do It said... Best Blogger Tips

Your newest follower/fan... sent from Oct Linkup.
Love the Pumpkin Hunt!! Bookmarking it now to try on our next playdate!

abbie said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the pumpkin hunt! That looks like so much fun. And those pumpkin treats are adorable. What a clever idea.
Thanks so much for joining us on the Outdoor Play Link Up. I pinned your post on our Outdoor Play Link Up Ideas board as well.

Toddler Approved said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fun pumpkin party!!! I love these rice crispie treats AND the hunt! We are in love with anything involving hunting at our house! Thanks for sharing this at our Best of October link up!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

These are such cool crafts and what a yummy treat. Can you please tell me which issue or book from the mailbox you found your pumpkin patterns in? Thank you. Mrs. Valerie