1. Paint the Pumpkin
Pumpkin painting is great for all ages and simple enough for even the youngest of kids.
Tips: Make sure you use tempera paint or any kid's washable paint. To help the paint adhere to the pumpkin, make a 50/50 mixture of school glue and paint. If you don't add glue, the paint will flake off after it dries.
For a fun way to combine pumpkin painting and science, check out this Fizzle pumpkin painting activity from Toddler Approved.
2. Decorate the Pumpkin with Stickers
Stickers are very good for developing fine motor skills, and let's face it, all kids love stickers. I sure challenged my kids with these tiny stickers I bought at the dollar store.
You can make pumpkin decorating into a learning activity with this alphabet pumpkin idea from I can Teach my Child.
Here is another great literacy pumpkin idea from The Imagination Tree using letter and number stickers, plus check out the learning games you can play afterwards!
As an alternative to stickers, here is a neat idea from The Educators' Spin on It using a decorative tape called washi tape.
3. Make a Glitter Pumpkin
Glitter pumpkins look gorgeous, but they are a bit messy, so you might want to do this activity outdoors like we did. Have your child use a paintbrush to spread glue all over the pumpkin, then sprinkle glitter!
You can add even more bling to the pumpkin like in this idea from Domestic Goddesque.
4. Glue Things to the Pumpkin
You can glue almost anything to a pumpkin! Pom poms, googly eyes, scraps of construction paper, tissue paper, buttons, feathers.
Tip: I recommend using tacky glue, craft glue, or glue-all when gluing things to a pumpkin.
Here is a gorgeous idea combining painting, glitter and gluing things on the pumpkin from The Imagination Tree.
It doesn't have to be craft supplies that you glue to the pumpkin. Here is a creative idea from A Little Pinch of Perfect, making a sensory pumpkin!
Go on a nature walk collecting Fall leaves and try out this clever decorating with nature idea from Stir the Wonder.
5. Hammer Things into the Pumpkin
This is one we haven't tried yet, but it sure looks fun!
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