Fall is in full swing here in New England! If you haven’t already guessed, it’s kind of a favorite season here at Crafternoon Playdate. We kicked our pumpkin unit off by visiting a super cute farm this weekend and checking out the cool pumpkin patch there. We also went apple picking and sunflower picking! Our first craft matched the cute little pumpkin we got perfectly. Create these interesting looking pumpkins by following the technique below, which you can easily incorporate into other themes, too!
Craft/Activity/Snack: Bubble wrap pumpkins
Objective: Use bubble wrap as stamping tool to create pumpkins
Skills Utilized: fine motor skills (peeling and popping that fun bubble wrap!), following directions, exploring different textures
Suggested Reading: The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
Materials: bubble wrap (we just moved to our new place so we have LOTS of this!) orange paint, scissors, white paper. Optional for the stem and vines: green and brown markers
First, cut the bubble wrap into “pumpkin shapes”. I just made them little oval/circular shapes. While I did the cutting, Maddy enjoyed popping some of the extra bubble wrap.
We counted how many “pumpkins” I cut out. Next, we poured some of the orange paint onto the plate. Carefully lay the pumpkin “bubble side” down into the paint. Gently pat down to ensure paint gets on all the bubbles.
Instruct your little one to slowly peel the pumpkin up from the paint and place it onto the paper. Pat gently down again.
I told Madeline to slowly pull up and she was amazed! She added a few more pumpkins and really got the hang of carefully dipping, laying down, and peeling up the bubble wrap.
Madeline did two more “pumpkin patches” and also did some roller art with a roller art sponge tool she has, similar to these. While she worked on this process over product artwork, I used the brown and green markers to add some simple stems and vines to her pumpkins. I like how unique they look but you can still very clearly tell they are darling little pumpkins!
Ways to Expand Upon this Activity:
- Make it a color mixing activity-create your own orange paint by having your child mix yellow and red together.
- Practice cutting skills by having your child cut the pumpkins out after the dry.
- Practice writing numbers by labeling the pumpkins 1,2,3 etc
- Have your child draw the stem and vines.