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Easy fall craft for kids - Make your own pumpkin or jack o lantern from basic craft supplies you already have at home from @theartkit www.theartkitblog.com

Unbelievably Easy Pumpkin Craft for Kids

Are you excited for fall? We are absolutely loving the cooler weather and have been having so much fun making all sorts of fall crafts with the kids. Today we are so excited to share with you our super easy and fun pumpkin craft for kids! It’s a great craft that involves a few of our favorite craft supplies- paint, beads, and glue. It’s also a great activity for working on those fine motor skills. To see all the fun, continue reading below.

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What You’ll Need

What to Do

Begin by drawing an outline of a pumpkin on a piece of cardboard and cut it out. You can either find a printable online or use a cookie cutter. Our pumpkin was about 3″ across but you can make your pumpkin any size you’d like. I always like to ask the children to complete each step themselves (before automatically completing it myself). Unless, of course, it isn’t appropriate for their skill level or age – such as giving a hot glue gun to a one-year-old, for example (she thinks she’s ready but I know better 😉 ). In most cases, though, I prefer to have the children complete as many steps as they are able. It might not look the same as if I had done it myself (in fact, it often ends up looking better!) but ultimately, I want a craft made by them, not myself. 🙂 In addition, by allowing them to complete a majority of the steps, you are allowing them to build their confidence and skill level. In my experience, they are often times very capable and eager to try new things independently.

Easy fall craft for kids - Make your own pumpkin or jack o lantern from basic craft supplies you already have at home from @theartkit www.theartkitblog.com

Okay, now back to the craft. 🙂

Next, paint your pumpkin (we used acrylic paints) and allow it to dry. We placed our pumpkin on a mini paper plate but a plastic craft tray or newspaper would also work well.

Easy fall craft for kids - Make your own pumpkin or jack o lantern from basic craft supplies you already have at home from @theartkit www.theartkitblog.com

Once the paint has dried on your pumpkin, squeeze some clear school glue on (depending on the age of your child, you may want to do this step) and begin attaching the pony beads. [clickToTweet tweet=”The kids had a lot of fun gluing all the beads on and it’s great for improving fine motor skills.” quote=”The kids had a lot of fun gluing all the beads on and it’s especially great for improving those fine motor skills.”]

Easy fall craft for kids - Make your own pumpkin or jack o lantern from basic craft supplies you already have at home from @theartkit www.theartkitblog.com

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The children decided the pumpkins would be even more adorable by adding googly eyes (we attached them with glue but after a few days of play, they fell off and we re-attached them with hot glue), smiles, cheeks, and teeth. 🙂

Easy fall craft for kids - Make your own pumpkin or jack o lantern from basic craft supplies you already have at home from @theartkit www.theartkitblog.com

The children removed some of the beads they had just attached with tweezers and replaced them with different colored beads to make smiles and cheeks.

Easy fall craft for kids - Make your own pumpkin or jack o lantern from basic craft supplies you already have at home from @theartkit www.theartkitblog.com

How cute! I love their imaginations!

Easy fall craft for kids - Make your own pumpkin or jack o lantern from basic craft supplies you already have at home from @theartkit www.theartkitblog.com

Allow your beaded cardboard pumpkin to dry fully. We left ours to dry overnight and were so thrilled with the results! I couldn’t get over how sturdy they were! The girls have been playing with their creations for days and they have held up really well.

Easy fall craft for kids - Make your own pumpkin or jack o lantern from basic craft supplies you already have at home from @theartkit www.theartkitblog.com

Does this craft sound like something you’d like to try? If so, please share it on social media. Or, pin it to save for later.

Easy fall craft for kids - Make your own pumpkin or jack o lantern from basic craft supplies you already have at home from @theartkit www.theartkitblog.com

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