Pumpkin Art for Kids – a cute and easy Halloween Craft toddlers and preschoolers, which combines art and fine motor development…
Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins! At this time of year, there’s no shortage of pumpkin crafts here in my daycare. We’ve been busy making something pumpkin related almost every day here for the past couple of weeks. And now, as the big night approaches, I have one last Halloween craft idea to share with you, and of course… it’s another pumpkin.
This might be the cutest pumpkin craft we’ve done so far this season. The toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare made this pumpkin art project today, and I just love how quirky and unique each one turned out!
There were no defined expectations of what the art should look like; this was just an opportunity for the hooligans to explore colour mixing and to combine a few fine motor activities: painting, stamping, ripping and cutting while creating some Halloween art.
Supplies we used for our painted pumpkin project:
- paint (red, orange, yellow, and a very small amount of brown)
- paint brushes
- small cube of styrofoam
- strips of white paper
- black paper
- large piece of cardboard or construction paper (for the canvas)
Making our pumpkin art:
I gave each of the hooligans a large piece of white cardboard, and three small containers of paint (red, orange and yellow).
Paint & glue tip for toddlers: Ketchup cups from fast food restaurants are perfect for holding small amounts of paint or glue when we’re crafting.
The girls painted their canvases as they liked, mixing and blending their paint colours. They knew we were making pumpkins, but I left it up to them to paint whatever sizes/shapes they wished.
I love how she ended up stretching right out on the floor and getting into her work.
As we waited for the paint to dry, they worked on their pumpkins’ eyes and teeth. Depending on the ages of your children, they can either rip their shapes or use scissors to cut them.
For the teeth, have your child cut a strip of white paper into small pieces.
For the eyes, they can cut or rip a couple of black circles/ovals/triangles.
Introducing your child to using scissors:
Our littlest hooligan is determined to master the art of cutting. Every day, as soon as we enter the craft room, she asks to “snip”, and she’ll sit for easily a half hour working patiently away with a pair of small scissors and narrow strips of paper; she’s really gotten the hang of it this past week. There’s proof here that there’s no real rule to follow when it comes to the age at which to introduce scissors to your child. This little one isn’t yet two, but she has advanced fine motor control, so she was ready. Just know your child, and follow his or her lead, and of course, be near by to supervise. Here are some terrific scissor exercises for children if you’re looking to get yours started.
They finished off their pumpkin by dipping a styrofoam cube into some brown paint, and stamping a stem (or maybe I should say many stems). 🙂
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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.