# A Pumpkin Face Takes Shape!

This, my friends, is a work of art.  And a fantastic display geometric/mathematical prowess.  And it’s the sweetest pumpkin face I’ve seen in a while because it was made by one of my darling boys!

For a great way to talk about shapes and still get all the fun of fall and Halloween in, Jack-o-lanterns are an easy choice!  I start out first of all with an attention-getter like the Five Little Pumpkins Fingerplay, or The Surprise Pumpkin, or any number of fabulous  pumpkin picture books.  We talk a bit about how pumpkins become Jack-o-lanterns when you add a face, and we explore how different those faces can look.

I then show the children the pre-cut shapes they can use to create the Jack-o-lantern faces.  I use triangles, squares, circles, and crescents.  I hold up each shape and talk about its characteristics, what it’s called, and we brainstorm the different ways it might be used to make a pumpkin face.  Explain and explore to the appropriate level for your children.  Some may just be mastering the concept of a square.  Others will point out that a square turned on its corner becomes a diamond.  A rare child will even want to call it a rhombus!

After a little shape talk, I give each child a paper pumpkin shape.  (You can trace your own or print this color pumpkin shape or an outline  as a template for cutting construction paper.)  Each child is also supplied with a variety of shapes and either a glue stick or supplies for this gluing method.  Emphasize that the children can use the shapes however they would like to create their Jack-o-lanterns.  Talk with them as they create, using the shape names and locators like “above” and “below”.