There are so many fun things to do with kids in the fall. Today, we enjoyed painting pumpkins. I like this activity because it’s not near as messy as carving pumpkins and kids can do it by themselves. All you need are small pumpkins (we use real ones), paints, and brushes.
The process is easy. Place the pumpkins and the paints on the table. I squirt small amounts of paint at a time onto a paper plate to avoid wasting paint. Give the kids paintbrushes and let them paint. I always let the kids paint the pumpkins however they want. They can use a little paint or they can use a lot. It’s totally up to them. They are their pumpkin and they can take them home after the paint dries. You might have to remind younger kids to not overlap the paints and to try to cover the whole pumpkin. Another suggestion for younger kids is to offer one paint color at a time. Otherwise, they mix the brushes in the paints without washing the brushes between colors. When they do that, the colors all turn brown. The purpose of this activity is to decorate a pumpkin with pretty colors. Give instructions as needed to ensure a successful project, but allow them as much freedom as possible. You want them to be proud of THEIR pumpkins, not the ones you did for them. 🙂
His Finished Product