Pumpkin Painting & Decorating for Toddlers

Halloween Activities

Pumpkin Painting & Decorating

Toddler Halloween Pumpkin Painting Activity
Always use tempera paint (not acrylic) with young children. To help the paint adhere to the pumpkin you can mix it with liquid glue in the paint tray before starting.

Toddler Halloween Pumpkin Painting Activity
She is painting 2 pumpkins, one for herself and one for her baby sister.

Toddler Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Activity
Preferably wait for the paint to dry overnight before decorating, but obviously that didn't happen here. I pre-cut foam shapes for eyes, nose and mouth and you can have your child glue them on or use the self-adhesive foam sheets like I used and they can just stick it on.

Toddler Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Activity
Kids love googly eyes so I suggest you stock up if you're doing art regularly with them.

Toddler Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Activity
Allow your child the freedom to place things where they want to, even if it doesn't look right. You can give them general guidance but if they don't follow it just remember it's their artwork, not yours. The experience is more important than the finished product!

Toddler Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Activity
This is how it turned out. You can use many other materials like glitter (I recommend glitter glue because it's less messy), stickers, playdough, markers, pretty much anything you have on hand.

 

Viviana Florea

Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler and a preschooler, sharing ideas and resources for early education. She specializes in unique, hands-on printable activities that are educational, fun and inspire creativity in young minds.

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