Making Patterns With Vegetables – PreK Lesson

Veggie Prints

In this activity, students dip pieces of vegetables into paint and stamp onto paper to create patterns. Students will practice making patterns, learn about the vegetables we eat and get a glimpse of how vegetables grow.


Students will create patterns through the repetition of a unit (Colorado Standard, Math Knowledge And Skills 4.3)



First tape some chart paper to the tables. I like to completely cover the tables and tape the edges of the paper to the underside of the table to give the kids lots of room to stamp.

Cut the vegetables you will be using as stamps. If you are feeling creative you can carve into the vegetables to make different shapes.  

Now grab your book and gather the children..


Ask questions such as, “What is a vegetable” (carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers) and “Where are vegetables grown?” (gardens, farms, etc) to assess students prior understanding.

Say, ” Today we will talk about some of the vegetables we eat and make patterns with real vegetables!”

Read the book, The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons

Now pull out the magic vegetable basket Talk about each vegetable as you pull it out. how some of the real cut vegetables and have kids guess talk about what kind of vegetable it is. You can even let students taste some of the raw carrots. Talk about the color of the vegetable and what it looks like. Have students describe the vegetables.

Say, “Today we will use the vegetables to make patterns.”

Model stamping a vegetable to make an AB/ABC/ABCD/ABCB pattern.

Students go to tables and stamp the vegetables in paint and them on the chart paper to create patterns.

Assessment:  The standards will have been met when students are able create a pattern using the vegetable stamps and paint

Large Motor Connection Activity: Vegetable Color Toss Game – Bean Bags  Students pick a colored bean bag.  Then say a vegetable that is the same color.  Then they try to toss the bean bag into a container set out a little ways in front of them.


Veggie Print Making by Meri Cherry


Five Little Pumpkins – Printable Poem and Activities

Scroll down to find all sorts of Five Little Pumpkins stuff  including lyrics, a printable poem, clip art, and some YouTube videos!  The Five Little Pumpkins is a cute poem and chant for kids that has recently been made into a song as well (see the music video below).  It is a silly song that is perfect to sing around Halloween time and when kids are learning all about pumpkins in science!  There are a ton of activities that go with this cute lil poem! Below, I’ll give you a few fun lessons that you can teach to your class today!

Five Little Pumpkins


Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.

The first one said,  “Oh, my, it’s getting late!”

The second one said,  “There are witches in the air!”

The third one said,  “But we dont care!”

The fourth one said,  “Let’s run and run and run!”

The fifth one said,  “It’s Halloween fun!”

Then woooooo, went the wind

And out went the light

And the five little pumpkins

Rolled out of sight!

Five Little Pumpkins Clip Art
Get this clip art!


Five Little Pumpkins High Resolution Printable Poem

Five Little Pumpkins Printable PoemI made this printable, complete with cute clip art and lyrics.

Click the image on the right or

Click Here to Download The High Resolution Version of The Five Little Pumpkins Printable Poem from

Watch The Five Little Pumpkins Music Video on Youtube!

Pete the Cat + Five Little Pumpkins =


 In case you don’t have it already..

Pete The Cat - Five Little Pumpkins


Here is yet another YouTube music video of The Five Little Pumpkins.

With either video, watch and learn the song lyrics and sing along with your kids.  They will love singing along and doing the movements.

If you don’t know how the movements go, just make something up! However you decide to do it, this movement and rhythm activity is sure to be a big hit with the little ones!