Are you ready for the third activity for your multi-project pumpkin? If this is the first post from my series that you’ve seen, let me explain. I used to work with kids as an occupational therapist before I decided to become a stay at home mom. Part of my job involved planning fine motor activities for several kids each day. I always liked all of the fun pumpkin crafts for September and October, but just couldn’t afford to buy roughly 400 pumpkins to be able to do all the projects I wanted with the kiddos. So, I figured out a way to use ONE pumpkin for WEEKS. Every kid would get to do the same craft with me each week on the same giant pumpkin. Fast forward to present day- I’m home with my two little ones, and still just can’t justify buying 400 (okay, I could probably scale that number back a little) pumpkins for craft projects. Using some of my ideas from work, I designed a budget-friendly craft progression where you can use just ONE pumpkin per kid for several days of fun. If you want, you can do one project per week and display them in between changes.
By this point, your child has washed their pumpkin and used stickers to make a face. My friend at This Messy Season just posted about some great sticker sets from Oriental Trading! The great thing about stickers is they come off pretty easily! So take off the stickers and get ready for our next phase! Googly eyes!
We picked the letter “P” for pumpkin! Now, if you are doing this with several kids, you could spell out words (like BOO!), and just let each kid place 8-10 eyes.
Fine motor skills (picking up and placing googly eyes on glue line with appropriate pressure)
Sensory (tactile sense- feeling the sticky glue)
Attention to task
Now the pumpkin is ready for another week of display! The eyes will all stay in place until you’re ready to pull them off (eek, that sounds pretty gruesome!) and get ready for the next activity! Since the pumpkin skin is smooth, the googly eyes should peel off easily to be reused!
I love this one because you can make it as involved or as simple as you want. You could add pompoms, felt cut-outs, yarn, feathers, or anything else you can think of to make the pumpkin spooky!
What are your craft stash must-haves?