My daughter is at the age where she wants to help me chop up vegetables for dinner. Since she’s only four, I give her a plastic knife to help me cut. With Halloween around the corner, I know she is going to want to carve a pumpkin. Typically, we let her help scoop out the seeds and draw a face. Maybe this year, she will get to use one of those child safe carving knives. However, it’s also nice for kids to be able to decorate a pumpkin or make a jack-o-lantern completely on their own. These five pumpkin carving alternatives are another way for young children to get involved in the Halloween spirit.
There are crafts kits that come with jack-o-lantern face details such as toothy mouths and triangle eyes. You can also just use basic foam shapes in black, purple or green to add an instant face to pumpkins. Since all kids have to do is peel and stick, this is good activity for young children. Just be mindful that some toddlers may try to eat the pieces.
Orientaltrading.com has plenty of fun pumpkin related crafts. My daughter and I made sticker pumpkins. The Jack-o-lantern stickers have a pumpkin and then give kids several eyes, nose and mouth options so little ones can create their own unique jack-o-lantern.
Mini Pumpkin Painting
Mini-pumpkins are perfect for pint sized individuals. Give children an assortment of washable poster paint and various brushes. There are also some washable acrylic paint options out there. Before they start painting, model how to paint the pumpkin. Kids can make faces or simply paint the pumpkin in one vibrant color. Of course, don’t forget to have kids wear smocks or old t-shirts.
I saw a mummy pumpkin idea on marthastewart.com. However, I didn’t really want to use the miniature saw the craft required. All you really need is a nice tall pumpkin with a decent stem, some white streamers and double sided tape. Next you can attach the streamer to the stem with the tape and wind it around the pumpkin. Googly eyes with adhesive will allow your child to give the mummy pumpkin some facial features.
We have a package of jewels with adhesive on the back. Your child can make a face with the jewels or simply make it sparkle. Due to the small pieces, this is best for kids over three.
Carving a pumpkin is a Halloween tradition. However, it’s fun to have some other pumpkin crafts and activities for young children to complete.
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