We’ve found some simple and fun crafts for children as young as 3 or 4. Older children can cut their own shapes. Most importantly, remember this is supposed to be fun! There is no right or wrong way to make a pumpkin! Creativity is limited only by your child’s imagination. The colors are suggestions, however, ask your child what color pumpkin they want to make! It may be pink or blue! Encourage your child to think, stretch and enjoy these projects for the simple joy of it!
This is a great finger play for young children. Start with holding up 5 fingers, then put up one finger at a time each pumpkin.
Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh my it’s getting late.”
The second one said “There are witches in the air.” (substitute witches with another word)
The third one said, “But we don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.”
The fifth one said, “Let’s have some fun!”
Wooooooooooooooooo went the wind.
And out went the lights. (Close fingers in fist)
And the five little pumpkins ran out of sight.(Put hands behind you)
Paper Plate Jack-o-Lantern
Supplies: Paper plates, black and green foam or construction paper, glue
Cut black triangles or other shapes for eyes and nose.
Cut out a toothy grin in black.
Cut out a stem and some leaf shapes in green.
Again, you may want to draw a face, however, part of the fun is letting children create
their own faces!
Have children glue the shapes onto the plate. Hang on fridge!
Note: You could also use black plates to make a cat, adding black ears, google eyes and pipecleaners for whiskers.
Halloween Crafts & Games for Kids
Tissue Paper Pumpkin
Supplies: paper plates, orange, green and black tissue paper, glue
Have children cut or tear small pieces of tissue paper in the 3 colors.
Put out a plate or dish of glue. (Mix a little with water so it’s not so thick.)
You may want to draw a pumpkin face pattern for the children to follow, but don’t be
offended if they have their own design in mind!
Have the child crumple up a piece of tissue paper, dip in glue and paste on plate.
Continue until the plate is covered. Add a green stem at the top, black eyes, nose and
mouth, if desired.
Note: Another version of this is to cut out a ghost shape and use white tissue paper.