Halloween is such a fun time of year for little ones—all the costumes, family get-togethers, treats, and celebrations! But the weather also changes, and sometimes it’s hard to get outside to get ample exercise and fresh air.
If you’re looking for a fun and active Halloween preschool activity that’s educational and non-spooky, try Pumpkin Yoga!
Check out the list of yoga poses below to get out your wiggles and learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin. This is a perfect indoor activity for a fall or Halloween celebration in your preschool.
Learn about the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin through Yoga Poses:
These five yoga poses take you through the five stages of a pumpkin’s life cycle to teach your preschool or kindergarten students. If you’ve never tried yoga, don’t worry—just jump in and give it a try. Encourage the children’s creativity if they want to try new yoga poses or come up with their own. Focus on having fun with movement while learning about pumpkins:
After your life cycle of a pumpkin yoga session, you could also talk about their favorite pumpkin recipes, like pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin soup, or pumpkin bread. And even bring in a pumpkin treat for the children to taste (if food is allowed in your preschool).
Some fun pumpkin books for preschoolers:
To go along with the life cycle of a pumpkin yoga session, check out a non-fiction book that shows the growth of the seed to the pumpkin, like From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer and James Graham Hale. Or check out these pumpkin picture books for your preschool classroom to get you in the mood for Pumpkin Yoga:
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The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin
by Joe Troiano and Susan Banta
This was my favorite of the pumpkin books. It’s a delightful story of how a square pumpkin feels different than the rest of the pumpkins in the patch, but then his shape comes to the rescue when a storm hits. A great story to talk about being different and embracing our superpowers. Ages 4+
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever
by Steven Kroll and Jeni Bassett
This sweet book is about two mice who are both unwittingly looking after a pumpkin day and night. Together, they grow a huge pumpkin that wins the local pumpkin contest. A great book to talk about the benefits of working together. Ages 4+
by Erica Silverman and S.D. Schinder
This is a rhyming, repetitive book in which a witch elicits the help of a bat, a mummy, a vampire, and a ghost to help get her large pumpkin off its vine. Not a good book if your child is sensitive to the ghoulie characters, but good for talking about working together as a team. Ages 4+
The Runaway Pumpkin
by Kevin Lewis and S.D. Schindler
This is a silly rhyming book about a pumpkin that rolls its way down a hill at a family farm, only to end up in a garden patch ready for the grandmother to make lots of pumpkin treats. Ages 3+
Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin
by Mary Serfozo and Valeria Petrone
This is good book for your littlest learners if you’re interested in a light-hearted rhyming book about pumpkins. Ages 2+
Have fun with Pumpkin Yoga! Wishing you a safe and fun Halloween!
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