The boys and I got a bit of a later start on decorating for Halloween… Maybe it is because the weather is so nice, maybe because of the impending arrival of baby #3, not sure… Either way, we’ve begun the fun! Here is one project we tried this year…. It’s super easy and very cute! The best part of this project, for me, was the fact that I planned it to be a pumpkin project and the next thing I knew they turned them into Jack-O-Lanterns and the boys added random supplies from our art cupboard to decorate them to their liking… Love their creativity!
9.5×11 orange construction paper (you can use bigger paper for bigger pumpkins)
Black, Green, or Brown construction paper for stem (and face if you want)
Stapler (or glue again)
Cut one inch strips out of the orange construction paper. For my preschoolers I first fan folded the paper and then let them cut along the folded lines. This seemed to work pretty well for them. The bigger pumpkins were fan folded the “long” way and the smaller pumpkins the “short” way.
Take the one inch strips and lay them out like a “sun” making sure that the ends of each of the orange pieces are on top of each other. Glue these ends together. Pinch them together to make sure they are stuck. Then curve the other pieces up again so the tops of the paper are overlapping at the top. I then staple these together so that they are certain to stay together.
To add the stem I just folded one end of the paper and had them glue it to the top. We then added the faces, pom pom balls etc.. with glue! EASY PEEZY! Here is a close up of one of the ones my three year old made. You can see that he did the cutting, glueing etc.. It’s not “perfect” but it is more adorable than perfect in my eyes…