Easy painted Jack-o-Lanterns: if you’re looking for easy Halloween crafts for kids, this jack-o-lantern art project is great for young children.
- Ages: toddler, preschooler, Kindergarten, Grade 1
- Skills, painting, cutting, gluing, fine-motor
I love an easy art project for toddlers and preschoolers and these painted jack-o-lanterns are about as easy as it can get. This is a fun little halloween craft that gets young children painting, cutting, gluing and creating!
We crafted up these adorable jack-o-lanterns the other day. They were really easy to make, and a lot of fun. It was a great activity for strengthening cutting skills and fine motor skills and putting the faces of the jack-o-lanterns together, gluing everything in place, tested the children’s ability to recognize where to put their cut out pieces of paper in order to form a face.
- Black marker
- Orange paint
- white paper
I used a black marker to draw a large pumpkin shape on some white cardboard, and set out some orange paint.
TIP: Insert a sandwich bag into a jar and pour your paint into that. There’s no messy jar to wash afterwards, and any leftover paint gets zipped up and kept for next time! I borrowed that brilliant idea from Exploring the Outdoor Classroom (pop over to see more super tips for organizing your play space).
While the Hooligans were painting, I talked about trying to stay inside the lines, which can be challenging for young ones. I ended up cutting the pumpkins out, so painting inside the lines really wasn’t important, but it was a good exercise anyway.
While the paint dried, we worked on the faces.
TIP: I feel it’s important to let them do as much as possible on their own, but asking them to cut out eyes, noses, and mouths, was a bit much to expect from them, so I asked them to draw the shapes on black paper with a light coloured crayon, and I cut them out, following their lines.
Then I cut strips of white paper for them, and they used the scissors to chop those strips up into teeth.
Glue it all together, and…..Ta-da….
Aren’t they cute?!!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.