Jack-o'-Lantern Scarecrow Pumpkin Craft | Halloween Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

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These are easy craft activities related to the pumpkin, jack-o'-lantern and scarecrow.  The pumpkin craft addresses shapes practice and two accessories can be added to make a scarecrow head (straw hat and bandana scarf).

The craft is appropriate for an Autumn theme, farming, food, nutrition, Halloween  and Thanksgiving.

Activity 1 > Easy Shapes Pumpkin or Jack-o'-Lantern Printable Craft  with accessories for a Scarecrow Craft Ages 2.5+ 

Review your options for printing and assembly of the craft that best meets your needs.  Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:

Printing and assembly options for the craft:

Option 1:  Print pumpkin/jack-o'-lantern craft color template cut out, conduct learning activities below and assemble.  Optional:  Print color template for scarecrow hat and bandana.
Option 2:  Print black and white template for pumpkin/jack-o'-lantern and black and white scarecrow accessories.  Children can color, paint or decorate first,  cut out and proceed as above.
Option 3:  
Print one set of black & white templates and use as master templates and trace the patterns directly on folded construction paper, left-over paper or, fun foam to obtain number of pieces needed.  Idea:  Replace pumpkin circle with a small paper plate (desert size) and children can paint orange on the back of plate.   Assemble as suggested below.   

Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:

1.  Use large wiggly eyes instead of the eyes template.
2.  Children can draw and fill missing teeth with black crayon or black marker on the crescent shape mouth with black crayon or marker.
2.  Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.  Glue against a gift bag to decorate.
3.  Puppet or Mask option:  Glue the craft to a craft stick or toilet paper tube for an instant puppet, trace and then cut out triangle eyes so children can use as a mask.

Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose learning activities according to your curriculum needs and children's age.
Shapes & Colors Activity:

1.  Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the template pieces (after coloring) or if using the color template.

Numbers/Pre-Math Activities:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.

1. Sorting & Sizing the Heart Shapes:  Have the children count, then sort the shapes -- all triangles, circles, rectangle, and crescent (omit the hat and bandana for this part of the activities)

2. Counting:  Count how many of each  size there are.  You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint the children with printed numbers.

Proceed with craft assembly.  Show the small image provided in the template to help the children see how the finished craft looks and suggest a sequence to aid them in positioning the pieces.

Important:  If the children are assembling the scarecrow version is best to glue the hat first and then the face features.

After completing the craft the children can hold and use their finished craft while conducting some of the activities listed in the activities column.

Activity 2 > Numbers practice 1 to 10: Scarecrow with a pumpkin head dot-to-dot (1-10)
1.  Have children draw face features on the scarecrow's pumpkin head.
2. Have children connect the dots with a pencil to allow for corrections as they say the numbers out loud.  Encourage children to color and decorate the image.

Easy Shapes Pumpkin or Jack-o'-Lantern Craft
Easy Shapes Pumpkin or Jack-o'-Lantern Craft
Easy Shapes Scarecrow with Pumpkin Head 
Scarecrow Pumpkin or Jack-o'-Lantern Craft

illustration only
templates below

Pumpkin or Jack-o'-Lantern Craft Templates
*Black & White

Scarecrow accessories:
(hat & bandana)
*Black & white
scarecrow coloring pages
Scarecrow coloring pages:
scarecrow connect the dots
Scarecrow with a pumpkin head dot-to-dot (1-10)

*Glue or glue stick
*any paper or card stock
materials to color with