With the weather getting crisper, kids will enjoy creating some pumpkins (and learn about color mixing as they do it).
What You’ll Need:
- Cardboard egg carton
- Yellow tempera or acrylic paint
- Orange tempera or acrylic paint
- Red tempera or acrylic paint
- Cups to hold paint
- Paint brush
- Black construction paper
- Small twigs
Step 1 – Paint the pumpkins
Cut apart the egg carton sections to separate them. Put equal amounts of yellow and red paint in a cup and have your child swirl them together until it makes orange. Paint the outside of the egg carton sections orange.
*Tips for Parents: Cutting the egg cartons may be difficult for kids; this step may be done by parents ahead of time. Use the names of the colors as you add them to the cup and have your child mix them together. This is a great way to learn about colors and color mixing.
Step 2 – Make the face
In this step, you’ll cut shapes for the pumpkins’ faces. Cut out triangles and other shapes to glue onto the pumpkins.
*Tips for Parents: To make this step easy for little ones, cut a narrow strip of black construction paper first (about 1 inch wide and 5 inches long). Your child can cut triangle-shaped slivers off of this strip fairly easily.
Step 3 – Glue the face on
Use tiny dabs of glue to stick the face shapes to the pumpkin.
*Tips for Parents: Pour glue into a small cup and show your child how to use the back of a paintbrush to pick up a drop of glue and dab it on the construction paper triangles. This step involves super-fine motor skills. If your child has already globed a ton of paint onto the pumpkin, the black face pieces will stick directly to that.
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- Item #WSTOR (Orange)
- Item #WSTYE (Yellow)
- Item #WSTRE (Red)
Colorations® Plastic Chubby Paint Brushes - Set of 10 (Item #10PCB)
- Item #9CPBK (Black Paper)
Colorations® Comfort Grip Blunt Tip Scissors (Item #PGRIP)
Colorations® Washable School Glue - 1.25 oz (Item # PSCWG)