5 Little Pumpkins: A Halloween Rhyme Craft

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Kids love this fun little rhyme about 5 little pumpkins. Here’s how to make an easy Halloween craft that will bring the story to life.

Here are a few more fall activities and crafts for kids – “I Love You” Pumpkin Garland, Leaf Headbands, and Puppet Show Printables.

five little pumpkins made from river rock on a wood crate

Five Little Pumpkins Fingerplay

I used to teach my preschoolers the 5 Little Pumpkins finger play every October. I remember learning this poem when I was younger, which means it has probably been around forever! Have you heard this classic poem before?

5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate.

The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late!

The second one said, “There are witches in the air.”

The third one said, “But I don’t care!”

The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!”

The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!”

Ooohh went the wind and OUT went the lights

And the 5 little pumpkins rolled out of sight!


I caught Mason on camera when he was only 3-years-old playing with some wood pumpkins that we made that year. I could listen to him saying this cute little poem ALL DAY.

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Make your own 5 Little Pumpkins Fingerplay Props:

We’ve made various 5 Little Pumpkins props, and they’ve all been so fun! Today I want to show you a simple tutorial for the cutest 5 Little Pumpkins Fingerplay Props using river rocks. They’re easy to make and toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and early elementary kids will love them! Here’s how –

materials needed for 5 little pumpkin props


  • river rock – look for ones that stand up a bit so you can see their “faces”.
  • orange paint
  • sponge brush
  • green marker
  • black marker
  • small crate or piece of wood – wide enough for the “pumpkins” to sit on top of. I got mine from Walmart and I like that this can hold the rocks inside while not being used.
painting river rock with orange paint


Paint your river rock orange. Let the kids help- they love this part! Let this dry completely. Apply another coat if you need your paint to be more vibrant.

adding faces to river rock pumpkins with black and green sharpie markers

Add a face, and stem, and some vines on each pumpkin with your makers.

close up of pumpkins made from river rocks

Place your pumpkins on your “gate” and let your kids have fun acting out the fingerplay with your new props!

finished rock pumpkins on top of a wood crate

What do you think? Perfect Halloween fun, right?

Happy Halloween!

collage of images showing painted rocks to look like pumpkins

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  1. How adorable!! I never heard this poem, but it is so cute!! Love the pumpkins. Your son is adorable!! Thanks 🙂

  2. Orange little pumpkings are too adorable. Perfect way to decor home with these pumpkins.Thank you for sharing this wonderful project with us.