Review the pumpkin and jack o'lantern
theme to view all the activities and resources available to
explore all the learning possibilities.
Note: It would be wonderful to have real
pumpkins for the children to see, touch and smell for these
activities and try to wear something orange during the activities.
Art and Craft Activity > A Pumpkin Painting - Ages 2+
This is a fun painting project that can be done a couple of ways to
make it more challenging for older children. The children
will paint an image of a pumpkin on a bed of leaves or create the
image with a paper plate, then attach the painted pumpkin to a black
background (construction paper). Children's names can be written with white chalk on a corner for
Art Appreciation: For an alternative to the art
activity below older
children could set up pumpkins to do a still life
painting with this related activity.
Jack-o'-lantern variation for the painting activity:
This painting activity can be adapted to make a Halloween jack-o'-lantern.
There are templates for jack-o'-lantern features (eyes, nose and smile) in black or black and white. The black and white can be colored in or trace over construction paper.
Color Practice: Make sure to identify colors and shapes
associated with the painting and how the color orange is obtained by
mixing red and yellow.
- For painting version #1 print
pumpkin template and for version #2 use one small thin paper plate.
- 1 sheet of black or dark blue construction paper for the background.
- Water colors or tempera paints diluted - orange, brown & green
paint brushes or small sponge pieces.
- Glue or glue stick. Stapler optional for stapling
plate to background.
- Optional: salt to sprinkle on wet paint
- Optional: ttorn green
tissue paper or green construction paper for bed of leaves.
Version 1: A Pumpkin Painting (or Jack-o'-lantern) with pumpkin template
- Print the pumpkin
template, it does not
need to be precise cutting, just enough to have the image with bed
of leaves. Optional: Print your choice of
Jack-o'-lantern features provided above or materials column.
- Place newspaper to cover painting surface.
- Have orange, green and brown paints ready with brushes or
- Have children paint the pumpkin orange, the bed of leaves
green and stem brown. Tell the children the colors can mix
- While paint is still wet provide children with a salt
shaker or a small amount of salt to sprinkle over the pumpkin. This is going to give a wonderful effect, the
areas where the salt falls is going to become darker in different
shades and give texture to the painting.
- While the paint is still wet, children can also add torn
pieces of green tissue paper on the bed of leaves. The tissue
paper will stick to the painting without glue and add texture.
- Set the pumpkins to dry and conduct your choice of one or
two of the learning activities (online story time, puzzle,
- When the pumpkins are dry, help cut out.
Glue the painted pumpkin to the black construction paper.
Version 2: Easy Pumpkin with Paper Plate
- Instead of the pumpkin template, the children can paint the
back of a small desert paper plate. With a marker you can add some
black curved lines to simulate the ridges of a pumpkin or use oil
pastels or crayons prior to painting (resist effect) which remain intact when paint is
added. Optional: Print your choice of Jack-o'-lantern
- Cut out a rectangle from brown construction or from a brown lunch paper bagck big enough for a pumpkin stem.
- Glue, tape or staple brown stem to paper plate.
- Proceed with steps as above, except that the painted plate
must be stapled a few times in place to the black construction paper
(adult does this step)
- Glue torn green tissue paper, construction paper or real dry leaves near the bottom of the pumpkin as shown.
on a Black Background
on a Black Background
(eyes, nose, mouth)
black & white
Alphabet Printable Activities
Letter P Pumpkin