I love carving a pumpkin with kids but it usually ends in these two scenarios – the child having the adult do all the work, or in my case, me making my dear husband do all the work! To make this process of picking out a pumpkin and decorating it easier on everyone, I have been getting mini pumpkins for the children in my care and now my own little one to paint as they see fit!
Craft/Activity/Snack: Pumpkin Painting
Objective: use a pumpkin as a canvas for a process over product oriented craft
Skills Utilized: painting, color identification, fine motor skills
Suggested Reading: The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll
Materials: any size or color pumpkin, paint, paintbrushes, paint palatte
Ways to Expand Upon this Activity:
1. Make it a super easy clean up by using stickers instead of paint!
2. If you do have the time and energy to carve a pumpkin, scooping and exploring the inside of a pumpkin makes a wonderful sensory activity for toddlers and preschoolers!
3. Make it an early literacy activity by practicing writing letters on the pumpkins.
4. Use washable paint so you can wash the pumpkin off and paint again and again! (we did this!