Jack-o'-lantern and Scarecrow Pumpkin Craft
Halloween Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

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

Review the pumpkin and jack o'lantern theme to review all the lesson plans, printable activities and resources available to explore all the learning possibilities.

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: a straw hat and kerchief or bandana..

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

Materials:

  • printer
  • white paper, paper stock or construction paper
  • coloring tools if using B&W templates
  • scissors
  • glue
  • Optional: can replace pumpkin circle template with a small paper plate & paint orange

Activity 1 > Assemble and present the craft - Ages 2.5+

Review your options for printing and assembly of the craft that best meets your needs. Conduct some of the learning activities suggested before assembly.

Option 1: Print color or B&W templates. Color if applicable, cut out, conduct learning activities and assemble.

Option 2:

  • Print one set of black & white templates and use as master template.
  • 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.

    Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:
  • Use large wiggly eyes instead of the eyes template.
  • Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.
  • Puppet option: Glue the craft to a craft stick, toilet paper tube or small paper bag for an instant puppet.
  • Mask option: Trace and cut out triangle openings for eyes, attach to a craft stick.

Learning activities to conduct before craft assembly:

Shapes & Colors Activity:

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.

  • Sorting & Sizing the 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)
  • Counting: Count how many of each  size there are. Write numbers on the blank side to acquaint children with numbers.
  • Proceed with craft assembly. Show the small image provided in the template to help the children during the assembly.
  • Idea: Write letter J or P on the desired locations to paste pieces.

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

Templates:

Easy Shapes Pumpkin    Color   Black & White

Scarecrow accessories   Color   Black & White
(hat & bandana)

Activity 2 > Numbers practice 1 to 10: Scarecrow with a pumpkin head dot-to-dot (1-10)

  1. Draw face features on the scarecrow's pumpkin head.
  2. Connect the dots with a pencil to allow for corrections as they say the numbers out loud.
  3. Encourage children to color and decorate the image.

scarecrow pumpkin online jigsaw puzzleActivity 3 > Online Jigsaw Puzzle > Scarecrow with pumpkin head
Have fun with this 6-piece puzzle adaptable to more pieces.
Children will practice problem solving and computer skills.

Related printable activities:

scarecrow dot to dot 1 to 10
Scarecrow dot-to-dot 1-10
scarecrow coloring pages
Scarecrow coloring pages
Alphabet printable activities
letter j jack o lantern activities
J is for Jack-o'-lantern

letter p pumpkin activities
P is for Pumpkin

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