Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What Works for Me Wednesday: Pumpkin Present Freebies

Last year, I discovered probably one of my favorite behavior managements tricks on one of my favorite blogs, What the Teacher Wants, The Pumpkin Present.  It really helped my second graders behavior throughout the month of October when all they wanted to do was think about and talk about pumpkins, costumes, and candy. :)

Such a simple but powerful concept, moving a pumpkin/other object around the room to the desks of kiddos making good choices.  Whoever has the pumpkin on their desk at the end of the day gets a special reward/treat.  It's so motivating, even with my fourth graders.  They love it and it's been a positive addition to our classroom. 

The Pumpkin Present is not something I like to use every day, because well then the novelty wears off, but I use it if I need to get them under control quickly and our typically quiet signals/routines just aren't working. I just pull our pumpkin present and start passing it around. :) 

I somehow lost my pumpkin when I moved classrooms last year.  So I picked up this adorable little Peanuts cup at Target.  I put one of the following coupons in the bottom each morning.  My kids are so pumped to find what is inside at the end of the day! 

I checked with Rachelle and she gave the go ahead to share these freebies with you.  Click here {here} to access them from Google Drive. :)  I hope that you can find them useful. :) 

Happy Wednesday! 


  1. What a terrific and exciting motivator. Thanks for sharing the idea and coupons!
    ΡΌ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. I love this! What a great idea. I could even see using this with a different item during different months. Thanks for sharing!
    Third Grade Tidbits

  3. Thanks for the idea. I needed an behavior motivator for after lunch. This will work great. Thanks for sharing.

  4. AWESOME!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!! :)

  5. Absolutely love this idea!!! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. I can't wait to use this clever idea:)


  7. I move a little frog around, but I like the idea of a surprise reward being attached! Thanks for the tip and freebie!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  8. The Pumpkin Present is such a fab idea - thanks for the cute attached freebie. I'm thinking I'll use one of those lil' photo stands with a weight on the bottom and the clip at the top! :)


    Antonia @ forkin4th

  9. Also, just wanted to give you a heads up that I emailed you at your fourthnten account. I'd be honored if you'd be able to join up with me on the Halloween-themed giveaway that I'll be hosting on my blog starting next Friday. Please send me a reply email whenever you're able!

    :) Antonia @ forkin4th

  10. Such a fun idea! I need to remember this one!

    I also just "booed" you over on my blog. Go and visit to see what I am talking about.

    Miss Klohn
    Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

  11. Oh my goodness, I love this idea!!! I printed the rewards and I am now on a hunt to look for some extra plastic pumpkins I have around the house! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  12. Thank you for sharing! This idea is so cool!
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  13. I hope to see more posts from you in the future. Really great!!!- Hotmail Sign In


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