Bring Music to Life in Your School Community

QuaverEd’s “Pumpkin Bones” will engage your whole school.

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Music is incredibly powerful. Having music in schools helps students use their imaginations and express themselves. No matter the classroom, simply the presence of music enhances learning. Music teachers see this every day.

QuaverEd believes music can spread through entire communities. With powerful songs and fun activities, we reach students who eagerly share the music they’ve learned with their teachers, friends, and families. When the entire community participates, students create deeper connections with the songs they hear and sing.

This fall, QuaverMusic is pleased to introduce you to our beloved seasonal song: “Pumpkin Bones”! It’s the perfect song to engage your students and connect your classes and community. QuaverMusic teachers use “Pumpkin Bones” to teach minor tonality and the rhythm of four sixteenth notes. Along with an Orff Score and rhythm cards, there are a variety of ways to engage students in learning. We invite you to take “Pumpkin Bones” into your community this season!

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Last October, QuaverMusic teachers from around the country creatively found ways to take “Pumpkin Bones” to the next level. Through their efforts, students, teachers, and families fell even more in love with the song. This year, we’re spreading their ideas so that you can also bring joy to your school this fall.

Below you’ll find ideas to implement your own “Pumpkin Bones” experience. To access the resources and printables mentioned, head to

Explore Ideas from QuaverMusic Teachers:

Mrs. Curry’s Pumpkin Bones Scavenger Hunt:

  • Provide five staff members (e.g., bookkeeper, reading specialist, speech pathologist, SPED teacher, and custodian) with a laminated Capture Card
  • Share this video including clues and rules with homeroom teachers
  • Students who ask the correct staff member receive the Capture Card and return it to Mrs. Curry for a reward
  • Involve students’ families by sharing the videos, rules, and clues on social media

Mrs. Tolley’s Pumpkins Go Missing:

  • Add new pumpkin-themed items to classroom each week
  • Remove pumpkins and “blame” Pumpkin Bones to spark student speculation
  • Students “catch” the principal returning all the pumpkins and share that Pumpkin Bones felt guilty and returned them

QuaverEd pumpkin bones school community

Mrs. Burton’s Pumpkin Bones’ Lessons:

  • Cut out and laminate multiple Pumpkin Bones figures
  • Hang up Wanted posters around the school
  • Interrupt the morning announcements to share that Pumpkin Bones has stolen her pumpkins
  • Students search around the school for hidden Cut-Out Pumpkin Bones
  • When returned, emphasize the importance of asking nicely, sharing with others, and correcting our mistakes

Ms. Theisen’s Life-Size Pumpkin Bones

  • Hide Pumpkin Bones on the playground with a pumpkin bucket of Capture Cards
  • Hang up Wanted Posters with a hint and basic instructions
  • Students return the Capture Card for a reward
  • See Ms. Theisen implementing it in this video

No matter the season, music is a note that can carry through the entire school building and into your community. This October, take full advantage of QuaverMusic’s “Pumpkin Bones” with a FREE 30-day preview of the entire curriculum! Click here to access your Free Preview.

We’re excited to see how you bring music to life in your school! Be sure share with us on social media by tagging @QuaverEd (or @Quaver_Ed on Twitter) and using #PumpkinBones!

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