What do you do with all those leftover pumpkins and gourds from Halloween and Thanksgiving? Pumpkin stamping, of course!
This is what you’ll need:
Step 1 – Cut the pumpkins
Cut the pumpkins in half using a sharp knife. Even small pumpkins can be difficult to cut, so adults should do this step. Cut some pumpkins vertically and some horizontally.
Connect: Show your child the inside of the pumpkins and gourds. Have your child feel the inside. Describe how it feels. Is it stringy? Cold? What are the seeds like?
Step 2 – Paint the pumpkins
Step 3 – Stamp the pumpkins
Press the pumpkin onto the paper to make imprints.
Connect: Talk about the shapes of the pumpkins. Do they make circular shapes? Oval shapes on the paper? Note… they probably won’t make a perfect shape of any kind. Encourage the kids to make big and small movements with the pumpkins. You can even leave the pumpkins face down on the paper overnight to see the effect it makes. The color may change a little, and some seeds may remain on the paper.