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

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


  • 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

Review the pumpkin and jack 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.

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.


  • Close template window after printing to return to this screen.
  • Set page margins to zero (minimum) if you have trouble fitting the template on one page or review Print Help.

Acorn Craft - Nut - Autumn Preschool Printable Activity  

Pumpkin/Jack-o'-lantern    color   B&W

Scarecrow accessories     color   B&W
(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.

Related printable activities:

Scarecrow dot to dot 1 to 10
Scarecrow dot-to-dot 1-10
[more dot-to-dots]
Scarecrow coloring pages
Scarecrow coloring pages


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