Preschool Pumpkin Theme
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Arts & Crafts

Pumpkin Suncatchers

ice cream pail lid
2x2 inch squares of orange tissue
black tissue for a jack-o-lantern face, pre-cut if necessary
diluted glue, 2 parts glue to 1 part water
large paint brush

Have the children paint portions of the lid with the glue mixture and cover them with the orange tissue squares, leaving no spaces. The tissue can be overlapped. Lots of glue should be spread over the lid as well as over the tissue. A face can be added, or a green top. Allow these to dry overnight, the next day carefully peel the tissue circle from the lid. (Usually, I trim any jagged edges before displaying.)You will have shiny, transparent pumpkins which look great on a window!

Paper bag pumpkin

Fill a paper bag with paper. Twist the top of the bag and tie with elastic. Have the kids paint the bag orange and the stem green. Paint a face on it when the orange paint has dried.

~Submitted by Caryn

Pumpkin Pies

Cut round pie shapes out of orange construction paper. Set out small containers of cinnamon and ginger in cups for each child. Have the children brush glue on their pies and then sprinkle the pie spice on.

~Submitted by Caryn

Balloon Jack o Lanterns

Blow up an orange balloon and let the child use a black marker, stickers or finger paint to create facial features. Ask the child how their pumpkin feels.

~Submitted by Caryn

Paper plate jack o lanterns

Have the child paint a paper plate orange. Use black construction paper for the facial features. You can be creative and use other materials to make the face.

~Submitted by Caryn

Pumpkin seed art

Collect pumpkin seeds from inside a pumpkin. Let them air dry and have the children use the pumpkin seeds to make a collage.

~Submitted by Caryn

Pumpkin seed shakers

Have the children paint two paper plates orange. When they are dry staple them together leaving enough room for the child to put in pumpkin seeds. Staple on a stem and make sure it's sealed all around. Dance to some monster mash.

~Submitted by Caryn

Egg carton pumpkins

Cut two cups of the egg carton. Glue the rim of one cup to the rim of the other cup. Allow the glue to dry. Paint the entire surface of pumpkin shape orange. Let dry. Use a marker to design a face on the front of the pumpkin. Poke a small hole into the top of the pumpkin. Stick a 1-inch piece of the pipe cleaner into the hole. Cut two leaves from the green felt. Glue leaves to pipe cleaner stem.

~Submitted by Caryn

Painting pumpkins

Instead of carving pumpkins let the kids paint them or glue yarn and buttons and other craft materials to them. You could also use gourds.

~Submitted by Caryn

Pompom pumpkins

Make a pumpkin out of an orange pompom and black and green felt.

~Submitted by Caryn

Wax Paper Pumpkin Magnet

Materials Needed

White Glue Wiggle Eyes Wax Paper (food Coloring or powdered tempera paint if doing pumpkins or any other shape.)

Take wax paper draw a ghost or pumpkin on it. Let children put glue in the outline and then add wiggle eyes. Let dry then peel the ghost or pumpkin from wax paper. Add a magnet to put on the fridge.

If you had a pattern to trace on to the wax paper this project could be used for about anything.

~Submitted by Judie

Paper Pumpkin

Make a paper pumpkin with 1 sheet of orange construction paper. Fold in half lengthwise. Draw a "stop" line 1 inch from the paper edge. Draw parallel lines 1 inch apart from stop line to folded edge. Cut on these lines. Open. Fold outer edges to inside. Roll and overlap the narrow edge of paper & glue or staple together. Shape cut slits to make outside of the pumpkin. Cut off four inches from the long side of another sheet of the orange paper, roll, and glue inside the pumpkin. Glue on black paper eyes, nose & mouth.

~Submitted by Jean from Michigan

Paper Bag Pumpkin

Stuff small lunch bag with paper (good for fine motor), twist top & paint top green, bottom orange.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Thumbprint Pumpkins

Give each child a sheet of white or yellow construction paper. Pour small amounts of orange paint into shallow containers. Have the kids dip their thumb into the paints & press them all over the paper. When the paint has dried, help the children turn their thumbprints into pumpkins by adding stems, leaves & vines with a green marker!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pumpkin Seed Collage

Wash & dry pumpkin seeds and place them in the art area with glue and paper.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Pour a small amount of red and yellow paint on a paper plate and let the children mix it as they fingerpaint the plate. Add a paper stem and curling green ribbon for the "vine".

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pumpkin Project

We will cut a pumpkin from Green paper. (Shape is drawn by teacher & folded in half so that child can cut outside edge and open it up to find a whole pumpkin.) The children will then turn their Green pumpkins Orange by painting them. Some may be all orange/ some maybe just turning and will be orange and green. The choice is up to each child. Once they are dry-- one side will be all Green (as a pumpkin first is) and the opposite side will show the pumpkin turning or turned completely orange....(just as a real pumpkin does.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pumpkin Collage

Have large cutout pumpkins and let the children rip and tear or cut if fine motor skills allow. Then have them glue the pieces to the white paper pumpkin.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Sawdust Pumpkins

Materials needed:
wheat paste
measuring cups
bowls and spoons
liquid tempera

4 cups of sawdust
1 cup wheat paste
2 1/2 cups water

Mix the sawdust with the wheat paste and water. Give each child a lump of the mixture to mold into a pumpkin shape. Mold a stem and attach to the pumpkin shape. Allow drying at least one full day. Paint with tempera paint. (You can get sawdust at your local lumber company). Cut out triangle shapes from paper plates (you could do this in advance) color the top ridge brown and paint the rest of the triangle orange; it is a piece of pumpkin pie. Don't forget the "whipped cream" (cotton balls) and pumpkin pie spice for the scent!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pumpkin Patch Picture

Cotton Balls
Orange Paint Powder
Pie Pan
Brown Construction Paper
Green Yarn

Put the paint powder in the pie pan. Roll the cotton balls around in the paint and then set aside. Spread glue onto the brown piece of paper. Put on the orange cotton balls (pumpkins) and the green yarn (vines). Or you can also just use orange pompoms.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pumpkin See Art Projects

Dry clean pumpkin seeds on a plate in a sunny window and use them later for art projects. Combine the dried seeds with other natural materials, such as acorns, pine cones, corn kernels, and dried beans to make mosaic pictures.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

The Pumpkin As Jack-O-Lantern

Jack-o'-lanterns are the traditional symbol of Halloween. Before doing this activity, however, stop to consider the way some parents view Halloween. Some families do not celebrate Halloween because it conflicts with their religion or values. Select another activity if you feel parents would object to this one. If you aren't sure, ask!

Let the children help design the face of the jack-o'-lantern and take out the pumpkin seeds and string. Adults should do all the carving. When the jack-o'-lantern is finished, let the children touch and explore it. Place a small flashlight inside to light up the features.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Children can make their own jack-o'-lanterns by decorating pumpkins with permanent markers. Jack-o'-lanterns made in this way can be cooked and eaten after Halloween if segments with permanent marker on them are discarded.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Hanging Pumpkin

Paint 2 paper plates orange. Lay one on top of the other and staple 3/4 of it leaving a small area to the top, add a green stem and hang with green yarn. Add eyes nose and mouth. Use Black foam shapes or felt.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Jack-O-Lantern Jar

Use a large glass jar, the big fat pickle jars are best for this. Paint the jar orange with poster paint, then add eyes and other features using black electrical tape. Put a candle in it and you have a pretty jack-o-lantern to set in the window.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Margarine Tub Jack-O-Lantern

Cover a small margarine tub, with the lid on, with orange crepe paper. Turn on the side using a flat top for the face. Make face by gluing on black paper features.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pumpkins on a Fence

Fence - Cut long strips from brown paper for the rails and a few shorter ones for the posts. Glue on to a background paper.
Pumpkins - Cut circles from orange paper for pumpkins & glue them along the top of the fence. Draw or paste a different face on each pumpkin. Add a stem to the top. Add anything else you want to finish the scene.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

One fun way to make a pumpkin is to put a small amount of red and yellow paint on a paper plate and let the children mix it as they fingerpaint the plate. Then, when dry, we add a paper stem and curling green ribbon for the "vine". A little color mixing experience there!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Wiggley Eyed Pumpkin

Make a pumpkin (with orange construct. paper) with a pair of triangle-shaped eyes that are cut out. Then cut a vertical slash on the outside of each eye not too close to the eye. Guide a piece of paper through one slash, behind the eyes, and through the slash next to the other eye. With the strip centered behind the eye holes, draw a pair of eyes on the strip through the holes. Move the strip back and forth to make the eyes wiggle.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Silly Squash

Long ago, people believed that carved pumpkins could keep away evil spirits. Decorate miniature pumpkins to bring happy faces to your friends. Use markers, stickers, glue, construction paper, beads, feathers, and other decorations to make funny faces on the pumpkins.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pumpkin People

Place orange crepe paper or orange tissue paper underneath clean milk cartons or juice containers. Bring paper together at the top, & tie with a bow. Have children add black construction paper features, & display your creatures.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Scrap Paper Jack-o-Lantern

Draw a circle on black construction paper. Paint circle with glue. Tear scraps of orange paper into small pieces. Arrange scraps on the glue. Add torn scraps of yellow paper for eyes, nose, and mouth.

~Submitted by Hope in FL

3-D Pumpkin

Fold the lightweight orange paper into 3 equal sections. Cut round corners. Unfold and tape the two ends together. Color or paste shapes on one side to form the face of jack-o'-lantern.

~Submitted by Hope in FL

Stuffed Pumpkin

Stuff a paper bag half-full with crushed newspaper. Twist the remainder of the bag into a thick stem. Secure "stem" with masking tape. Paint pumpkin and add facial features of jack-o'-lantern.

~Submitted by Hope in FL

Pumpkin Windsock

12 oz. frozen juice can
orange, green and black construction paper
orange streamers
green yarn
hole punch
black markers

Cut out bottoms of empty juice cans (do this in advance); draw 5" x 9 1/2" rectangles on orange const. paper and 1 1/2" x2 1/2" rectangles on green const. paper; and cut five 3" pieces of orange streamers and one 25" piece of green yarn for each windsock.

1. Have the children cut out the orange and green rectangles. Give each child one can, one orange and one green rectangle, five pieces of orange streamer and one piece of green yarn.
2. Tell the children to put glue along the 5" edge of the orange rectangle and wrap the rectangle around the juice can to cover the surface. Smooth down the glued end to anchor the wrap in place.
3. Have the children glue the green rectangle to the inside of one end of the can so that it sticks up like the stem of a pumpkin.
4. Show the children how to draw a Jack-O-Lantern face on the side of the can directly below the green stem using black markers.
5. Tell the children to glue one end of each orange streamer to the inside of the bottom of the pumpkin can.
6. Punch two holes opposite each other on the top side of the can, approximately 1/2" down from top edge.
7. Tell the children to thread green yarn through holes and tie ends into a knot for hanging.

~Submitted by Cindy in MD

Pumpkin Decorating

Pre-cut some ears/eyes/nose/mouth/glasses/warts/etc. out of fun foam or just plain paper. Use school paste (not glue...get the actual paste) and apply to the pumpkin. Or, use permanent markers in a variety of colors to decorate. Or now they sell the tattoo style decorations for pumpkins. Make sure the pumpkins are clean and dry. Set them in the room to decorate to acclimate to the temperature before tattooing on. One package will usually do 5-7 pumpkins and cost around $2 a package.

~Submitted by Betheny

Paper Bag Pumpkins

Supplies: Lunch bag, green chenille wire (1 for each bag pumpkin), orange paint, (and optional black paint) Green felt cut into pumpkin leaf shapes (2 or 3 for each pumpkin), newspaper or other filler for the bags.

The children stuff their lunch bags with filler, next twist (quite tightly) the bag tops shut, then paint the bags orange. If your daycare observes the Hallowe'en tradition then black paint can be used to paint faces on the pumpkins as well. Punch a hole into the stem end of each leaf and thread the chenille wire through them. When the pumpkin paint is dry, the chenille is twisted around the pumpkin tops to hold them shut, and the rest is curled to make the pumpkin vine shoots. The leaves can be arranged while tying the pumpkin shut and/or while curling the chenille wire.

~Submitted by Jeanie in SK

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