Invite your child to explore a pumpkin and use pieces to create colorful prints!
pieces of pumpkin
wet cloth or paper towel
tempera or powdered paint
What to do:
- Cut pieces of a pumpkin shell into various shapes and sizes--or cut a design into the smooth outer surface of the pieces.
- Make a paint pad for each color to be used.
- For each paint pad, help your child fold a wet cloth or paper towel and place it in a shallow dish.
- Let him sprinkle it with powdered paint or brush on tempera paint. A little water can be added if the paint pad dries.
- Let him press a cut pumpkin piece into a paint pad and then down on paper to make one or more prints.
- Pumpkin prints can be used for holiday wrapping paper, gift tags, or greeting cards.
- Make patterns by using several shapes and repeating the design. Try patterns like big piece/small piece or rectangle/triangle/square and repeat the sequence.
Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.
- How do you paint with pumpkin pieces?
- What other things can you do with a pumpkin?
While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop small muscle skills, observational skills, and pre-math skills.