Fun and simple Halloween pumpkin craft
Looking for an easy fall or Halloween activity for your toddler that’s not too messy and not too expensive? Try this cute paper plate pumpkin craft!
As soon as the weather starts changing from sticky, humid summer days to crisp and cool fall mornings, it’s time for apple picking, jumping in leaves, and everything pumpkin-related. I LOVE fall and am excited to share some of my favorite Autumn experiences with my kids this year.
With the current pandemic, none of us are quite sure what will happen for Halloween in 2020 but that doesn’t mean we have to stop decorating or preparing for the holiday.
Here’s a cute and simple pumpkin craft you can do with your toddler to get in the Halloween spirit this fall.
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I’m always trying to find crafts that my two year old can actually do on her own or with minimal help. This pumpkin plate craft is simple for toddlers to make. Most of the materials are things you probably have around the house, which is always a nice bonus.
Pumpkin Plate Toddler Craft Materials:
- Paper plates
- Black construction paper
- Green pipe cleaner or green ribbon
- Glue stick
- Orange paint
- Hole punch
All of these supplies were items I already had around the house or in my craft box from previous projects. I love using paper plates as a background for my toddler’s art projects. They are much sturdier than construction paper. You can find more awesome paper plate craft ideas here.
Pumpkin Plate Toddler Craft Instructions:
Gather all your supplies together and prepare a space for you and your toddler to make this pumpkin project. My daughter does most of her crafts at her own little table which is set up in our kitchen.
1. Paint the Pumpkin
Cut a kitchen sponge in half to use for sponge painting. This makes it easier to grasp for little hands. Squirt some orange paint onto a plate. Now you’re ready to paint your plate using the sponge dipped in orange paint. You may have to show your toddler how to do this and guide her hand at first.
Let the plate dry for a few minutes. In the meantime, cut out eyes, nose, and mouth pieces from the black construction paper. I cut triangles for the eyes and nose and a half circle for the mouth. You can use a template but it’s easy enough to freehand these shapes.
2. Make the Pumpkin (or Jack O Lantern) Face
After the orange paint has mostly dried, attach the eyes, nose and mouth to your painted plate using the gluestick.
I let my daughter paint her own plate and use the glue stick to add the eyes, nose and mouth to her pumpkin. She loved being able to do this by herself.
She demanded blue paint in addition to the orange. You can also make any color pumpkin you want! We have a blue pumpkin at home in honor of the Teal Pumpkin Project. I think that is why she was so adamant about using orange AND blue paint. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a movement to raise awareness of food allergies and make Halloween a safe, fun experience for all kids. We make sure to offer trick or treaters who come to our house non-food items like stickers and small toys since so many children have food allergies. Find out more information about the Teal Pumpkin Project here.
3. The Finishing Touches
To finish, use the hole punch to make a hole in the top of the plate. Attach the pipe cleaner or tie a green ribbon on and curl the ends. I originally did this as the first step but decided it would be easier to do at the end of the project.
Even though it doesn’t resemble a typical pumpkin, I was pretty proud of my daughter’s creation (and pretty proud of my own)! I love that she was able to do most of the work herself with minimal supervision from me.
If you liked this activity, check out this Easy Turkey Thanksgiving Craft!
Easy Pumpkin Craft
One of the things I love best about this project is that you can do it year after year with your littles.
We first did this activity when my daughter was two years old. We recently did it again this year, now that she’s three. It was so fun for me to see how much she had grown in her art skills over the past year.
She was much more deliberate with her painting and the placement of her pumpkin face. Her pumpkin still turned out pretty abstract but I’m sure that’s the look she was going for! I’m excited to see how different her pumpkin turns out next year.
Have you made this easy pumpkin plate craft? What other Halloween crafts have you tried with your toddlers?
Originally published 10/24/2019
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