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Five Little Pumpkins
Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
Full House
In this rhyming board book, five little pumpkins are out to have some fun. When it gets late, “…out went the light and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.”
Resources for Five Little Pumpkins:
Full Book Review (English)
Reseña Expandida (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Reseña Simplificada (Spanish)
*Spanish versions coming soon!*
Can you roll into fun with the pumpkins?
Math Connections:
Counting Ordinal Numbers
Activities To Do Together:

Use Five Little Pumpkins to introduce ordinal numbers. These are the numbers that tell the position of something in a list: first, second, third, and so on.

Count the pumpkins together aloud. For infants, guide your baby’s finger to each pumpkin. For older children, encourage them to point to each pumpkin as you count together.

Talk about the expressions on each of the pumpkins’ faces.

Talk about the colors in the book.

Find other contexts where you can use ordinal numbers. Perhaps it is during your child's bedtime routine: “First we eat dinner, second we have a bath, and third we go to bed.” Or maybe your child’s toys are lined up: “First is Lion, second is the blue car, third is the dinosaur, and fourth is the yellow truck.”
Extension Questions:

What do you notice on this page? Which pumpkin is frowning?

How many pumpkins are there? Let’s count!

How many witches are in the air?

What do you notice about each of the pumpkins’ faces?
Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:
fifth, first, five, fourth, second, third