Pumpkins For Preschoolers

When preparing for Halloween, the first activity that comes to mind is carving a pumpkin. Unfortunately, it is hard to involve a preschooler in this activity. The knives are too sharp, and drawing on such a round, bumpy surface is too difficult for a child this age. There are ways to decorate a pumpkin that even a toddler can master, if you can get away from the traditional idea of what a jack-o'-lantern should look like. Try these ideas at your home and enjoy the results and time spent together.

Painted Pumpkins
This is one of the easiest activities you can do. You will need:

  • small pumpkins (one for each child)
  • washable acrylic paints
  • large, fat paintbrushes
  • old newspapers
  • paint smocks

Choose pumpkins your kids can pick up and handle comfortably. Cover the floor with newspaper, cover your children with paint smocks, and set out several colors of paint, and big, fat paintbrushes. Then step back and let your kids get creative.

Constructed Pumpkins
If you'd rather not get so messy, try these. You'll need:

  • pumpkins (one for each child)
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • brass paper fasteners

Cut out various eye, ear, nose, and mouth shapes from colored paper. Attach them to the pumpkin by pressing brass paper fasteners through the paper and into the skin of the pumpkin.

Paper Bag Pumpkins
If you find the idea of giving your kids a real pumpkin's still too daunting, try making them yourself out of a crafty paper bag. You'll need:

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