If you haven't tried a storybook pumpkin patch in your library yet, you've GOT to give it a try! This was my first year to give it a go, and WOW! Our students really surprised me!
|Gerald, the elephant|
|Greg Heffley has his own speech bubble!|
- pumpkins may not be carved or cut (avoid rotten, stinky smells)
- pumpkins should be designed based on a character from a book
- acrylic paint or permanent markers are good for creating designs. Watercolors and spray paint are bad.
- Items can be glued on to the pumpkin.
- Students can use a real or fake pumpkin
- Students pick up their pumpkin the afternoon of October 31. When they pick up their pumpkin, they receive a spirit stick for participating. (You don't want to get stuck with these pumpkins forever!)
- On the back of the instructions, have an entry form with blanks for the child's name, pumpkin's name, book title, author, illustrator, and a description of the character.
This project took very little effort on my part, but it has our whole campus smiling and talking about their favorite characters. I did make a simple pumpkin of my own about a week ahead of time (Pinkalicious, with dollar store hair, tiara, and wand) so that students could see an example.
|Humphrey (cotton balls with make-up on them)|
Some of the schools in our district have been doing this for 20 years. It's not too difficult for the students, and the families had fun working on these together. I wish I'd tried it sooner!
Out of 850 students, I now have 100 decorated pumpkins in our library. Wow! Have you tried the Storybook Pumpkin Patch in your library? If you have, tell us about it!