Easy Pumpkin & Jack-O-Lantern Crafts

One of the tools I use to see what my readers want ( other than asking on Facebook and looking at their pins on Pinterest) is to see what google searches have been bringing me traffic. pumpkin craft and jack-o-lantern craft have been huge lately. Everyone and their mom is looking for easy crafts to do with their kids before Halloween gets here. So I brought together all my fun and easy jack-o-lantern and easy pumpkin crafts for kids in a round up to make it easy for y’all to find what you need because I know if there are little ones around time is always of the essence.

Feel & Learn Jack-O-Lantern
Dry Erase Jack-o-Lantern
Pumpkin P
Easy Peasy Jack-O-Lantern Stencils
Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern
Pumpkin Prints
Rock Jack-O-Lanterns
Glittered Pumpkins For Toddlers
Pin & Pound Pumpkins
Pumpkin Playdough
Pumpkin Patch Letter Match

Pin & Pound Pumpkins – Easy Halloween Craft

easy halloween craft I bought these pumpkins at the dollar store with every intention of decoupaging them and adding sparkle but my son vetoed that. I still wanted to make an easy Halloween craft so I quickly looked around the playroom for an idea. That’s when I saw the hammers on the floor, the buttons on the counter and I was pretty sure I had nails too. I am so glad I didn’t press for them to do my original idea, both kids had a lot of fun pinning, hammering as well as pressing the nails in and my upstairs hallway have two very adorable pumpkins in it now.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a foam pumpkin ( at Dollar Tree right now) , some nails, craft buttons and some hammers.
  2. Place your buttons ( I held them for my daughter for the first nail)  my son did his own.
  3. Place a nail in the button hole and press it just far enough to hold and then hammer!
  4. The hammer was ok but both kids also pushed the nails in with their fingers.
  5. Keep going making faces, or simple designs.  My son added nails without any buttons for hair and my daughter methodically placed nails in each hole.

This would be a great craft for a party since there is no drying time for paint or glue.

 

Halloween Books

Check out these great Halloween picture books for kids.

 
The craft buttons were provided for us by craftprojectideas.com.

Toddler Friendly Pumpkin Glittering

Craving a pumpkin with a toddler is not my idea of fun , especially without another adult handy for supervising the littles when you are doing the actual carving. I will leave the slimy insides ( that make my son gag – also not fun) and sharp knives for the weekend when my husband is handy, but that doesn’t mean we can’t decorate a pumpkin! I was just going to do this with my daughter who is 16 months old but my son came running to the playroom asking to join in. They had a great time and my foyer is all blinged out for halloween now!

  1. Gather your materials. You will want a drop cloth for this, white glue, glitter, paint brushes, a plate and a small stool, box or something else you don’t mind getting glitter on to hold the pumpkin at your toddler’s level so they can stand and move around as they create.
  2. Pour the glue onto a plate.
  3. Paint on the glue.
  4. “Wait for me I want to do it too Mom!” <— music to my ears!
  5. Shake the glitter on.
  6. Change glitter colors and keep shaking.
  7. Let dry overnight, gently shake any loose glitter off.
  8. Display!

Design Your Own Jack-O-Lantern

I have a slight obsession with dry erase these days. It makes sense though, dry erase projects allow children independence and a less frustrating experience if they are unhappy with what the’ve written or drawn. For our house this is a godsend. My son is a reluctant drawer and writer. He will look at me and say ” I’ll just do abstract!” and part of that is because he is also a perfectionist and it’s frustrating when things aren’t as neat as he wants them to be. The dry erase helps him explore in abstract or not.

    1. Gather your materials. You will need some orange and green card stock, a hard piece of cardboard or canvas , scissors and some clear contact paper.

  1. Start by drawing a basic pumpkin shape on your orange paper. 
  2. Cut it and a green stem out and place on your canvas. cardboard.
  3. Cover with clear contact paper.
  4. Create!  I made the faces to show readers all the possibilities for teaching about emotion with this craft .
  5. My son just created , ths tricky thing about dry erase is his creations were gone before I could get pictures!

Halloween Books

Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming is a wonderful Halloween book for kids who are old enough to feel like Halloween is a spooky night, but still too young for anything graphically frightening.  The text is short but rhymes beautifully and grabs your child’s attention almost as effectively as the illustrations do. The story is all about Halloween night and the sights and sounds on one street as the night goes on. Both my kids have been grabbing for this book off our shelf when I ask which book they want to read . If it can be a favorite for an almost 5 year old boy and a 15 month old girl I say it will probably be a hit at your house too.

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman is a staple in most preschool classrooms. It’s a cute story about a witch who is desperate for pumpkin pie but her giant pumpkin is too big for her to pick up! Luckily she enlists the help of a ghost, vampire, mummy and bat and with a little teamwork they save the night! The rhyming text is almost like a song and kids love it! It’s possibly my son’s favorite Halloween book and I love that it’s the smallest creature who uses it’s brain not brawn to solve the problem.

Patty’s Pumpkin Patch  by Teri Sloat is a great alphabet book and story in one. Readers follow a pumpkin patch from planting the seeds until after Halloween when they gather the seeds for the next planting.  I really like how this book combines an alphabet book with both upper and lowercase letters corresponding to some animal or insect in the story . I also like the easy rhythm of the rhyming text and the engaging and detailed illustrations . All in all I think this is a great fall book!

Pumpkin Patch Letter Match

It may not technically be fall yet… but fall themed learning has taken over at our house. This Pumpkin Patch Letter Match is such a fun way to dive into a new season of learning and playing with letters. It can me easily adapted to shapes or numbers too. This is a fun circle time activity for a group of children too!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need craft paper ( or the underside of wrapping paper),painter’s tape,  a green marker, a permenant marker, an orange pool noodle , a bread knife and cutting board. I also used a canvas bag to put the pumkins in.
  2. Cut your pool noodle into 26 “pumpkins”
  3. Add the lower case letters to the pool noodle pumpkins using a permenant marker. I found all other markers ran too much.
  4. Put your craft paper on a table or floor and secure it with tape.  Draw your pumpkin patch. I made vines, leaves… don’t forget to add your uppercase letters too! Mix them around for a challenge or put them in order. * I obviously did this first, I had to wait for someone to wrangle my little one before I could go downstairs to cut the noodle.
  5. Time to play.
  6. Match the lowercase letters on the pumpkin with the uppercase letters on the patch.