Posts Tagged With: halloween stories

Jack Pumpkinhead to the Rescue

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). Land of Oz cover 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

Children's Jack Pumpkinhead examples

Jack Pumpkinheads in a row- each a unique creationGive children plenty of time to play with their characters to think up their own marvelous adventures.

Pumpkins, old clothes, and poles
OR
Cardboard scraps, paper, paper fasteners, paint, and brushes

Boy with Jack Pumpkinhead paper model

This Jack Pumpkinhead was made into a Jumping Jack!

Play!
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.JumpingJack
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! Continue reading

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Spooky Shadow Stories for Halloween

Halloween is a perfect time to bring out the flashlights to write and perform spooky stories by flashlight.flashlight

What You Need: 

•Flashlights
•Scraps of cardstock
•Colored plastic
Play!
Using a wall, ceiling, or piece of white cardstock as a screen, hands can be moved in front of the light to make shadow animals and creatures.
Children experiment as they discover how to make their shadows get bigger, smaller, and dance in front of the light.
Shapes cut from cardboard or heavy paper can be used as characters and props to act out Halloween stories and poems. Continue reading
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