Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"A Funny Sight in the Window"

During this time of year, I love teaching my students this traditional German folk song about a Jack-o-lantern:

Jack-o-lantern, Jack-o-lantern,
You are such a funny sight!
As you sit there in the window,
looking out at the night.

You were once a yellow flower
Hanging on a sturdy vine.
Now you are a Jack-o-lantern,
See the candle that shines!

I appreciate how the song sheds light on the life cycle of a pumpkin, which is another topic of learning these days.  To go along with the song, I put together a simple craft activity which the kids have been enjoying in the classroom.

Paper plate Jack-O-Lantern.

Here are the materials on a tray at a table with an art mat.
I demonstrated the process at circle time and set up the materials at a stationary table, rather than on a shelf.  This was simply because I ran out of shelf space and had nowhere else to put it!  I find, however, that a lesson placed at its own table generates a lot of activity in the classroom - everyone wants to do it! :)  Now, we have our own "funny sights" for our classroom windows!

Our Jack-O-Lanterns "looking out at the night." 


  1. This is a great idea to use in the classroom environment and at home. I was looking for an easy craft for Antek and yours seems just perfect for him.
    Thank you Sasha for posting this

    Lots of Halloween love

  2. Caroline was singing this to me yesterday...now I know the words too...!!! :) BTW, John joined in too - he seems to know the words from his time with you !!!

  3. Ewa, I'm glad you will be able to use this idea. It is so simple, yet fun - enjoy! Sasha

  4. John, How perfect is that?! I am so happy that now you can join in the singing fun- and I'm not surprised that John joined in too! This is one is always a classroom favorite! Thanks for the comment! :)