L. Frank Baum’s wonderful Oz books have enchanted readers young and old for over a century. One delightful character is Jack Pumpkinhead brought to life by Tip in the second Oz book, The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904). In this activity, kids create their own Jack Pumpkinhead and magical story adventure.
There are 8 additional Oz books with Jack Pumpkinhead as a character, including #23 with a book titled with his name.
What You Need
Oz books with Jack Pumpkinhead as a character
Pumpkins, old clothes, and poles
Cardboard scraps, paper, paper fasteners, paint, and brushes
Create a Jack Pumpkinhead character. If using a real pumpkin, create the character as you would a scarecrow using ta carved pumpkin for the head. This is great fun to construct in stages, reading the book The Marvelous Land of Oz along the way for lots of ideas.
If a real pumpkin is too diffiicult for your children to use for construction, create a paper version. I found a big sized model best and the most fun for children to use as they play and pretend Oz adventures.
Children create each body part separately and attach them together with paper fasteners so Jack can move in lots of positions.
For another fun option, attach the limbs to a central string in the back to turn the pumpkinhead figure into a Jumping Jack!
Write About it!
As they bring Jack Pumpkinhead to life in their pretend play, ask children questions to think up magical plots where Jack meets other characters and makes discoveries on a journey within Oz or another magical land children imagine.