Teach Shapes & Emotions With The Emotional Pumpkin Activity

My son has been in speech therapy since August and while we’re there I love watching him work on the activities with his teacher and seeing things click in his head.

Since he has responded so well to everything there I’ve been trying to do more with him at home to facilitate learning new words, and I love to use books as inspiration for those activities.

With Halloween on the horizon one of his favorite nightly books has been, It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! You can see our copy is well loved.

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This book stars the famous mouse from, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, and talks about the different faces mouse carves on his pumpkins – happy, sad, silly, surprised, etc.

I decided that I wanted to make a crafted based on the pumpkin faces as a festive way to talk about shapes and a way to discuss emotions. As a toddler I thought this last part might be important because he is going through ALL the emotions every five minutes.

Emotional pumpkin activity teaches shapes and emotions - The Everyday Mom Life

When my daughter was 2 she could speak in full sentences and tell me what was wrong with her. However, since my son’s speech is delayed he hasn’t been able to express himself as well. He can’t always tell me what’s wrong or what he’s feeling and I hoped that this would help to allow him to understand the emotions better and possibly help show me what he was feeling.

Emotional pumpkin activity teaches shapes and emotions - The Everyday Mom Life

This turned out to be such a great project for us and for him. It would also be great to use with preschoolers as a group or individually.

Cutting out the pumpkin and the shapes only took me about 10 minutes and it was incredibly simple. Here’s a video tutorial.

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  • 1 piece of orange felt
  • 1 piece of black felt
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Chalk marker
  • Pencil/pen

Emotional pumpkin activity teaches shapes and emotions - The Everyday Mom Life


1. Sketch out a pumpkin shape, stem included, on a piece of cardboard. Make sure the piece is sized appropriately and isn’t larger than your piece of felt.

2. Cut out your pumpkin and then use your chalk marker to trace the pumpkin on the felt.

3. Cut out the felt pumpkin.

4. Cut out your different shapes. Make sure to include basic shapes and then if your child is a bit older you can include some advanced shapes (like a hexagon) if you have good scissors.

5. Let your child have the pumpkin and then explain each shape as you put them on the pumpkin. Go through the different emotions and see what shapes can be used to make certain emotions.

As you can see, not only did my son enjoy this activity, but my 5-year-old daughter did too. Since she is old enough to understand all the shapes she has been helping him to learn them.

She also helped to remind him to make faces on the pumpkin instead of just piling on all the shapes. 🙂 Although, that is also an option.

Emotional pumpkin activity teaches shapes and emotions - The Everyday Mom Life

Emotional pumpkin activity teaches shapes and emotions - The Everyday Mom Life

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  • robin rue October 19, 2017 10.35 pm

    That is such a fun activity. I would love to try this with my younger nieces who are coming over next weekend.

  • Larissa October 19, 2017 11.37 pm

    I thought that mouse on the cover looked familiar! Such an iconic mouse 🙂 And also, what a great way to have your son, or just yougins in general, express themselves. And I love how you fit it in with the season! Way more fun that way 🙂

  • Lauren October 19, 2017 11.37 pm

    This is a super cute idea for kids! You could totally do it for every season too, like changing the pumpkin to a snowman or something like that.

  • AnnMarie John October 20, 2017 01.13 am

    Emotions are really nice lessons for the kids, especially since they’re starting to understand the world more and the people in it. I think this is a fun way to learn all about emotions!

  • Sara @ A Mom and her Momtourage October 20, 2017 01.55 am

    This is such a fun craft, I have done it as a playdate craft before, the moms all loved it. I never thought about pairing it with a book!!!

  • Leslie October 20, 2017 02.25 am

    This is such a great idea for the little ones. I’ll have to suggest it to the daycare director. 🙂

  • Jessica Patterson October 20, 2017 03.02 am

    I love this! What a great activity linked to a fun holiday book. I am a special education teacher & a mom with young children, so this was a great read for me tonight! Thanks so much for sharing. I can’t wait to try this. 🙂

  • Cindy Ingalls October 20, 2017 03.44 am

    This is such a great idea for little ones who often can’t express exactly what they are feeling in words. I love the idea of using pumpkins especially during this time of year.

  • Maranda Laverdure October 20, 2017 05.42 am

    I love felt crafts! We do a lot of sensory activities and this one will be great for this next week with halloween right around the corner! Thank you for sharing!

  • Anna October 20, 2017 11.04 am

    What a fun activities to do with your kids. I love how creative and crafty this is . Thank you for sharing.

  • Rose October 20, 2017 12.42 pm

    I think this is a great idea. Incorporating it with a book he know’s also helps him. What better face palette then a pumpkin! Good job mom I hope his speech keeps improving.

  • Terri Steffes October 20, 2017 04.53 pm

    This is super cute way of discussing emotions using a current theme. I love it and the book is adorable. If I was still in the classroom, I would be all over this.

  • Jazz October 20, 2017 08.00 pm

    How cute! Thinking of making this for my nephew. Thanks for sharing.

  • Arlene October 21, 2017 12.47 am

    What a adorable book and Idea! I love this for my 3 year old.

  • Sarah October 21, 2017 01.44 am

    We love It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse, and this would be such a fun activity to do along with the book!

  • Brittany October 21, 2017 01.21 pm

    Pumpkin faces are such a fun way to discuss and demonstrate emotions! I can totally see my littles enjoying this activity! Thank you for sharing!

  • Jeanine October 21, 2017 02.13 pm

    What a great way to teach emotions. I know my little 4 year old would love doing something like this and would really learn about it!

  • HilLesha October 21, 2017 07.03 pm

    How cute! I have something like this in a form of a board game, but this another great way to teach shapes and emotions.

  • Angie October 21, 2017 08.07 pm

    This is such a great idea and it can be adapted to fit any other season or holiday or design. My friend’s son has a speech delay as well so I’m forwarding this to her. She will love it!

  • Claudia Blanton October 22, 2017 03.45 am

    what an adorable idea! And so timely at that! My kids would have loved that when they were little, now they are both teenagers, so I wont need this, but I know some parents who would – I will share it with them. Blessings!

  • TColeman October 22, 2017 06.21 pm

    This looks like such a fun fall activity to do! My kids would love to make their pumpkins have different emotions.

  • Barbara Alfeo October 23, 2017 05.08 am

    Love this idea! totally stealing that idea.

  • Ayana Pitterson October 24, 2017 02.10 pm

    Great learning activity for all to enjoy. My little ones were addicted to the felt material and cutting it up into little shapes. Great job.

    Thrifting Diva


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