Build a Jack-o-lantern {classroom management idea}

I absolutely love thinking of ways to manage my students behaviors in the classroom. And I also love a good theme, so when they come together it makes me extra happy ;) Here's a fun little classroom management idea you can use during the fall months.

The idea was born when I found these super cute felt pieces at Michaels for 33 cents a piece! I picked up a black, orange, and lime green!

I made some pumpkin templates on paper first, cut them out and laid them over the felt pieces. Then I cut the felt, which was a little difficult to do! I freehanded the eyes, noes and mouth pieces. I decided not to cut brown, but you could make the stem brown if you wanted to. Also, one orange piece was enough for 2 pumpkins, just so you know ;)

I adhered two magnet strips onto the back of the pumpkins so I could stick them up on the whiteboard. I just had to be verrrry careful moving them around because the felt wanted to peel off of the magnet if I pulled too hard!

I stuck the little jack-o-lantern face pieces in my pumpkin pail that I picked up at Target. I would recommend one pail per table group so that you don't have to spend a lot of time picking through the pieces to build each jack-o-lantern.

When you see a table group that is following directions quickly, working hard, being respectful to each other, etc...choose one person at the table to pick a piece out of the pumpkin pail and add it to their pumpkin.

The cool thing about felt is that it sticks to itself!! 

The first table to build their whole jack-o-lantern can earn a reward :)

This would also be a fun incentive to do as a whole class!

If you're interested in the pumpkin templates, you can download them{here}.

Do you have any fun classroom management ideas to share? Link up to your blog post below!


  1. Oh my goodness, I love a cute themed classroom management system!! :)

    So fun and I'm sure the kids totally buy into it! I think I will have to make something like it when we track back in! :)

    Katelin’s Kreative Kindergarten

  2. Thank you sweet friend for this awesome idea! I may drive to Michael's right now...

    Crayons and Whimsy

  3. This is so cute! Love it! Thanks!

  4. So perfect! Kiddos get so excited whenever there is something seasonal so this is a great way to get them motivated!

    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  5. Fun! I do this for Christmas with a gingerbread man! It keeps the kids on track!

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

  6. What a fun way to celebrate the season and help the students remember appropriate classroom behavior. Thanks for sharing!

    Granny Goes to School

  7. I do a monthly table incentive....this month is haunted houses and they earn ghosts! The most ghosts will be getting a small treat!

  8. This is so creative! I love it!

    Thanks for sharing!

    from First Grade Teacher Firsts

  9. This is so awesome! Thank you! Bought materials, created and can't wait to begin tomorrow! Thanks, this is my first year and I'm overwhelmed at times, but this is quick and easy! Love cute fast ideas to bring in holidays and seasons!

  10. Hey Hadar! Hope al is well. As always, I am behind, but I love this. I could so tie this into any subject - like in s.s. when we learn about the Creek and Cherokee it could be building their little huts. In science a solid. Oh I love it. You're so creative.
    - Sydney
    Lessons Learned

  11. This is such a cute idea! I am definitely going to try this for the month of October! One ways I deal with behavior management is by writing a behavior contract with students. I posted about it tonight on my blog :)

  12. I'm seeing definite potential for this applied to our homeschool with 4 students and a toddler. What a great idea and fun! I'm pinning this.