Classroom-Friendly Pumpkin Crafts

October 9, 2015

‘Tis the season for picking pumpkins and carving jack-o-lanterns, so why not bring these festive activities to the classroom? While carving out a pumpkin may seem like a dangerous endeavor, rest assured that there are plenty of classroom-friendly alternatives to help your students create a Halloween jack-o-lantern worthy of any front stoop! That being said, here are four decorating ideas we thought of to help you and your students get into the Halloween spirit.

Pumpkin Painting

1. Paint it on! Keep the carving tools in the cabinet and bust out the acrylic paint. Make sure to have a wide variety of colors, and encourage students to be as creative as they like. From traditional black, crooked grins, to brightly painted floral patterns, the options for decorating are endless!

2. Cut it out! Want to keep it simple and clean? Forgo the potentially messy paints and bust out the construction paper and glue. Instruct your students to sketch their best jack-o-lantern faces. Then, help them cut out their creations and glue them to their pumpkin. If you choose this route, make sure to remind students that they’ll want to keep their creepy creations indoors, rather than out.

3. Glitter it! We know that glitter can be messy, which is why we think pumpkin glittering is a great opportunity to take the class outdoors! Moderate temperatures and beautiful foliage make autumn the best time to explore nature. Plus, it presents the perfect opportunity to introduce your students to the wonders of photosynthesis!

4. Paper bag it! Snagging a class set of pumpkins can be difficult and pretty pricey. If decorating real pumpkins isn’t an option, use brown paper bags instead. Give each student their own bag and supply paint, markers, glitter, or whatever other mediums you have available. Make sure that the designs are drawn on properly so that they face the correct way when the bag is opened and stood up on its bottom. If you want to get fancy, have the student gut out their jack-o-lantern faces and stick tea lights inside the bags for the true effect!

Do you have any other great kid-friendly pumpkin craft ideas? If so, we’d love to hear all about them on our Facebook page!

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