Spookley The Square Pumpkin is an awesome book for a pumpkin or Halloween theme for kids. If you haven’t read Spookley yet, it’s worth a trip to the library. I love the message the book presents to kids and parents, and it’s a great way to talk about how our differences make us great. Enjoy these Spookley The Square Pumpkin activities and craft ideas too!
The Square Pumpkin
Books are a great resource for activities and not even books written specifically with an activity in mind. A book about a square pumpkin makes a particularly fun book to pair with simple STEM activities. Building 3D shapes, going on a nature walk and more!
Pumpkins, like people, come in all different shapes and sizes. These Spookley activities explore pumpkins in different shapes, sizes, and colors. It is a great way to get a little hands-on practice with shapes along with a wonderful literacy component!
Make sure to check out more Pumpkin Books and STEM Activities.
Spookley The Square Pumpkin Activities
Start by reading the book aloud to your kids. Encourage them to pay attention to the story and its message about embracing differences.
Provide square-shaped pumpkin cutouts or real pumpkins, and let the children decorate them with paint, markers, stickers, or craft materials. Discuss how every pumpkin can be unique.
Create a game where children sort various shapes into different categories, emphasizing the square shape of Spookley. Check out more shape activities for kids.
Go on a nature walk and look for different shapes in leaves, rocks, and other objects. Discuss how nature is full of diversity.
Have children create square-shaped art projects using colored paper, markers, and other art supplies.
Discuss Spookley’s friends from the story (round, triangular, and other pumpkins) and create paper plate characters representing them.
Use pumpkins for math activities such as counting, measuring, and comparing sizes. You can also introduce basic geometry by exploring shapes. Check out our list of pumpkin math activities for preschoolers.
Have a discussion about diversity and differences. Encourage children to share how they are unique and special in their own ways. Explore All About Me activities for more ideas.
All you need to do is grab some bricks and build a “Spookley” shape in any color! This can be a fun way to introduce shapes and sizes.
Spookley Movie Time
After reading the book and doing activities, watch the animated “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” movie with the children. Discuss the themes and lessons from the story.
Spookley The Square Pumpkin Crafts
Here are 5 simple Spookley crafts that are fun to do as well as reinforce the message of acceptance and uniqueness of Spookley.
1. Spookley Paper Plate Craft
Paint the paper plate orange and let it dry. Cut out square eyes, a square mouth, and square-shaped pieces for Spookley’s scars from black construction paper. Glue the eyes, mouth, and scars onto the paper plate. Then add googly eyes to Spookley’s face to give him a playful look.
2. Spookley Pumpkin Collage
Cut out a square shape from the orange construction paper to represent Spookley’s body. Cut out a green stem for the pumpkin. Draw Spookley’s face with a black marker and glue the stem on top of the square body to complete the pumpkin collage.
3. Spookley Pumpkin Puzzle
Draw a picture of Spookley on a piece of cardstock and cut the picture into several puzzle pieces. Put the puzzle pieces together to recreate Spookley’s image.
4. Spookley Pumpkin Hat
Cut an orange strip of paper long enough to fit around a child’s head and wide enough to cover the top of their head. Cut out a green stem and attach it to the top of the strip.
Draw Spookley’s face on the front of the strip. Form the strip into a circle and glue the ends together to create a Spookley-themed pumpkin hat.
5. Spookley the Square Pumpkin Storybook
Have kids create their own Spookley storybook. Each page can feature a different scene from the story or an original Spookley adventure.
Children can draw and color the illustrations, write a sentence or two about each page, and then staple the pages together to form a book.
More Fun Pumpkin Activities
- Have fun with an erupting Pumpkin Volcano
- Make and play with Pumpkin Oobleck
- Grow these fun Crystal Pumpkins
- Turn a real pumpkin into a Pumpkin Geoboard
- Play and learn with a pumpkin sensory bag
Who’s It For?
Perfect for 3-to 6-year-olds in a preschool classroom, learning center, or home. Easy to set up and use with one kiddo or turn into a center for the classroom. This shape activities pack includes a book and supply list to help you easily set up the 14 shapes activities.
- Dot Shapes
- Building Shapes
- Seek and Find
- Shape Printmaking
- Sensory Sorting
- What Shape is it?
- Shapes Crown
- Writing Center
- Tracing Cards
- Board Game
- Matching Game
- Cover Up! Game
- Book List
There are so many fun ways to explore shapes!