Pumpkin head discovery bottles

We read the wonderful children’s book titled “Pumpkin Heads” by Wendell Minor. This is a beautifully illustrated book with easy to read print that shares different pumpkins faces one might find in obvious and unusual places…

The children loved this book and it sparked some wonderful conversation and vocabulary words about emotions, pumpkins, pumpkin patch, and more. After we finished reading the book, I invited the children to show me their happy, sad, surprised, mad, scared, and silly faces…

Then the children were off to make their own pumpkin head discovery bottles…

To make the pumpkin head discovery bottles, we used a little silver glitter, some orange food color, water, and a few drops of glycerin (which I am not sure if the glycerin is really necessary).

Each child started by drawing a pumpkin face on their empty water bottle…

Then the children put a little bit of food color and glycerin in the bottom of their bottles…

And then the children filled up their bottles with water and finished up by adding some glitter on top of the water…

Then the children put the lid back onto their bottles and shook their bottles until all the ingredients were mixed together…

I hot glued the lids onto the bottles for the children so they could take them home without spilling them…

And although the bottles looked great as is, I did something I almost never do – I added a length of green yarn around the “stem” of the pumpkin heads as a finishing touch instead of having the children do it.  We kind of ran out of time…

We set the pumpkin heads up by our light table so the children can explore them another tomorrow.  And then the children will take their pumpkin heads home…

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The plastic water bottles we collected and used are called Aqua Pod!  They do not have a label on them that leave a sticky residue which is wonderful. They are not super thick but we love them and have been using them for lots of different activities which I will be sharing soon!  These bottles are available at grocery stores like Marsh and Meijer.

By |2012-10-11T07:00:09+00:00October 11th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Greta Yaeger October 11, 2012 at 7:56 am - Reply

    I love all your ideas!! Going to try this one with my class…..after 17 years of teaching I always find new and fresh ideas on this site!! Thanks! Pumpkins are our theme all month.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 11, 2012 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      I just LOVE pumpkins – the things you can do seem endless!

  2. Pip October 11, 2012 at 8:11 am - Reply

    what a lovely idea. I can see us giving that a go!! Thanks for sharing

  3. Susan Case October 11, 2012 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Such cute discovery bottles. You have to be the best preschool teacher ever! Love this blog.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm - Reply

      Ah, thank you Susan:)

  4. Julia October 11, 2012 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Silly question, but kind of bottles are those! Perfect because they have a round shape. Will definitely be doing this!

  5. Julia October 11, 2012 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I meant…what kind of bottles are those? Sheesh, need more coffee this morning I guess:-)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 11, 2012 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Julia,
      I accidentally hit the wrong button on your first comment so looks like we both need more coffee!! But I did see it and this one too. I used Aqua Pod water bottles which I found at Marsh and Meijer.


  6. Trisha October 11, 2012 at 11:19 am - Reply

    What a great idea–as usual:) I’ve never seen this book but it looks like a really good book to read when we go to the pumpkin patch. I think the glycerin is supposed to make the glitter float down slower. I use it too, but I have to add more to really see a difference.

  7. School Sparks Renee October 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Deborah – I click on your blog first when I sit down at my computer because your ideas are always so much fun and filled with learning opportunities for little guys. You truly empower children! Thanks for sharing your expertise. Renee

  8. Scott October 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Fun idea, Deborah! We love Aqua Pods – they are a fun/different shape, too.

  9. Mary October 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing such great, fun, and creative idea. Nice idea for Fall, and Halloween Activity. The Aqua Pod Bottles always been my favorite water bottle. Great for adding to the Children’s Lunch Bags/Boxes. Thank you for always sharing your arts and crafts ideas. Best,Mary@www.diligentnanny.webs.com

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