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Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Circles Lesson Plan

Paper Plate Pumpkin Puzzle

Objective: To learn about the shape circle

Message: Circles are round.


  • If You Were a Circle by Molly Blaisdell
  • Circles by Anita Loughrey
  • Circle by Sophie Schrey
  • Searching for Circles by Jo Cleland
  • Circles by Marybeth Lorbiecki
  • Circle from Play Bac Publishing
  • Circles Around Town by Nathan Olson
  • Circles by Dana Meachen Rau

Music: “Pumpkins Big and Round”

(Tune: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

We are pumpkins big and round
Big and round
Big and round
We are pumpkins big and round
Growing on the ground

Fine Motor Skills:

  • LLCS pages 34-35
  • CCBS pages 48-53

Gross Motor Skills: Sing “Ring Around the Rosie” while moving in a circle. Use a variety of movements such as walking, running, skipping, jumping, and dancing.

Craft/Activity: Paper Plate Pumpkin Puzzles (EFF 124-125)


  • White paper plate
  • Orange and black paint
  • Empty container
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors


  1. Pour some orange paint into the empty container.
  2. Paint the white paper plate with the orange paint.
  3. After the orange paint dries, paint a Jack o’ lantern face on the plate. Use circles for the eyes and nose.
  4. After the paint dries, cut the paper plate pumpkin into puzzle pieces using the scissors. Make at least one circle piece as well as some abstract shapes.

Color Review: BPW pages 22-23 (red and orange)


Big Preschool Workbook (P). 2014. School Zone Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0887431456
Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills (Grade P). 2011. American Education Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60996-328-6
Let’s Learn Colors & Shapes (2+). 2011. Spectrum Early Years. ISBN 978-1-60996-201-2
Everything for Fall: A Complete Activity Book for Teachers of Young Children. 1997. Gryphon House, Inc. ISBN 0-87659-185-3
Schiller, Pam and Pat Phipps. The Complete Daily Curriculum for Early Childhood (Revised). 2011. Gryphon House. Inc. ISBN 978-0-87659-358-5

Image Credits

Paper Plate Pumpkin Puzzle © 2014 Heather Johnson

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