How are your little pumpkins doing? We have washed them, stickered them, and googly-eyed them. Now we get to move on to my daughter’s favorite craft activity, which is coincidentally the messiest of the craft activities. . . PAINT!
Mentioning paint may strike fear into your housecleaning heart. Just try to prepare the area for the magnitude of mess you expect. I stick an old t-shirt over my daughter’s clothes, put a dollar store vinyl tablecloth on the table, and have paper towels and wipes at the ready because she is actually pretty neat with the paint, so I don’t stress too much. When I hand my son a paintbrush, I’m going to strip him down to his skivvies and put a painter’s tarp down in the yard, because I’m predicting that’s the only way my house will stay clean. Luckily, I have a less-mess option for the younger crowd that I’ll share with you next!
Literally all we did was paint the pumpkin. No direction. I let her pick the colors she wanted and we talked about how the white made the green lighter as she swirled the colors around on her plate. She painted the pumpkin to her heart’s content! It ended up covered in a really great light green color!
Fine motor skills (holding the paint brush)
Option 2: Little guy finally got to join the pumpkin party!
I took some painter’s tape and made an “H” for Halloween! Then I squirted paint on the painter’s tape and covered it in saran wrap. (I realized later that the pumpkin was small enough to fit in a gallon sized freezer bag, so I would suggest doing that instead!) Then, I let the baby reach out and just smear the paint all over the pumpkin from the safety of the other side of the saran wrap. No cute baby hand pictures this time, because I had all hands on deck helping him do this! The end result turned out pretty cute, I thought!
Saran wrap or large zip top bag
This is more of a sensory experience than a skill-building activity.
When I did my first season of a multi-project pumpkin, I had a giant one that I sectioned off and let each kid paint a section. But I didn’t just let them paint their section all willy-nilly. Oh, no! They had to use q-tips and paint dot by dot! They covered the pumpkin in various colored dots over the course of the week.
I had to search the depths of my Facebook for this one!
This is definitely an activity that can be completed at home or used with a group of kids! I loved seeing the different colors the kids picked as well as how proud they were of the pumpkin once it was displayed.
Fine motor skills (Work on tripod grasp to hold the Q-Tip! Just like a crayon!)
Visual motor skills (Placing dots within a section of the pumpkin)
Sensory (Tactile sense- tolerating paint on or near hands)
Which pumpkin is your favorite?