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Building early learning skills, reading extension activities inspired by story Where is Baby's Pumpkin?

Where is Baby’s Pumpkin


As Halloween approaches we are looking for all kinds of ways to celebrate even with our toddlers and preschoolers. Isn’t it something about the holidays when the kids are involved? I have never been more into holidays than I have been since I had kids. I love coming up with ways to make them fun and rememberable for them. This week we are celebrating Halloween with a fun book recommendation, Where is Baby’s Pumpkin, a printable learning activity based on the story and an even more fun craft!

Where is Baby’s Pumpkin?

Have you read any books by Karen Katz? Her books are so much fun, simple yet engaging. This story is one both kids have enjoyed in their toddler and preschool years. The bright and colorful illustrations and engaging lift the flaps have the kids returning for more and more fun with Where is Baby’s Pumpkin. In this book, an adorable baby searches throughout the house for her pumpkin. Is the pumpkin under the leaves, behind the curtain, under the bed? NO! But Baby finds many other surprises as a ghost, a witch’s hat, cute-as-a-button bats, and candy apples beneath each flap. Finally after Baby finds her pumpkin, she’s ready to go trick-or-treating and the final flap reveals a Halloween extravaganza! You go through each page hoping to find Baby’s pumpkin. It is an exciting adventure for little ones.

Purchase Where is Baby’s Pumpkin here!

Learning printable

I love reading with the kids and they love listening to the story, reading along and looking at the pictures. Sometimes reading a quick story is all we have time for, sometimes we wish it could last longer. We have been enjoying a great pairing of story time, learning printable and craft. This can be something you spend a day on together or something you stretch throughout the week. This week’s printable is filled with Halloween fun including pumpkin’s, bats, witches hats, candy apples and so much more!

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Today we will be making a Jack O Lantern out of cardstock!

What you will need:

Orange and Green card stock (you could also do it with construction paper but it won’t be as sturdy)


Brass Fasteners

Black Marker



What to do:

  1. First, using your ruler measure and draw notch marks about  1 1/2 inches apart on the top and bottom of your orange card stock.
  2. When this is complete connect the notch marks from the top and the bottom. Let your little one practice their cutting by cutting along the lines, you can help them and make sure you use safety scissors.
  3. Once all your strips are out, using your black marker take two strips and draw the face in the center of them.
  4. Once that is complete, using a brass fastener poke each strip onto it. Make sure you keep the face together and facing outward.
  5. Once you put all the strips on and spread out kind of like a star formation all flat, bend the fastener to keep the strips in place. Using your green cardstock cut out a rectangle or sketch and cut out a leaf shape.
  6. Attach this to a new fastener, then attach to the top of orange strips, just like you did on the bottom.
  7. Once they are all attached it will look round, like a pumpkin, make sure the fastener is closed. Ta-Dah! You have your very own paper pumpkin.

Let us know

Did you enjoy this selection of story, activity pack and craft? Do you have any recommendations for future posts? Let us know in the comment section below. If you picked up this book because of our recommendation or have photos of your kids doing the activity and craft, we would love to see a photo of them! Tag us on instagram @blooming.brilliant


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