Painting with unexpected materials shows kids that there is more than one way to create a masterpiece. This craft helps kids practice fine motor and tracing skills and gives them a creative canvas with which to work.
This is what you’ll need:
- Watercolor or art paper
- White school glue
- Paint Brushes
Step 1 – Observe a Pumpkin:
Have kids investigate a pumpkin.
Connect: What shape is it? Feel it; is it cold, bumpy, smooth, soft? What color is it? Does it have lines? Do the lines go horizontally or vertically? Trace the lines with your fingers. What does the stem look and feel like?
Step 2 – Draw a Pumpkin Using Glue:
Have kids squeeze glue onto the art paper to outline the shape of a pumpkin. Let the glue dry overnight.
Connect: Younger kids will need more help during this stage. You could help your child squeeze the glue while guiding his or her hands, or you could draw the pumpkin on paper and have your child follow the lines. Alternatively, you could just let your child run wild with his or her imagination. Using a smaller bottle of glue will ensure that your child doesn’t use all the glue in your house for this project.
Step 3 – Add Some Pizzazz:
Your child can paint in the spaces between the glue using watercolors and a brush. It’s ok if they paint the glue lines too. After the paint is dry, have your child trace the edges of the glue with a black pen or a pencil. Younger kids may have trouble with this step. Let them be creative!
Connect: If your child is receptive, talk about the color orange. Explore color mixing and investigate what happens when you add yellow or red to the orange. If your child wishes to paint the pumpkin using less realistic colors, that’s fine too. You can still talk about color mixing and create a beautiful work of art.