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See how children's creativity flourishes with this fun seasonal pumpkin picture activity from The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities For Children 3 to 6. Children may keep their pumpkin pictures abstract, or draw additional embellishments likes stems, vines, or faces!


  • small pumpkins
  • paint and brushes
  • newsprint
  • bins of water
  • towels

What to Do

  1. Put small pumpkins, paint, paintbrushes, and newsprint in the art center. Have small bins of water and towels available.
  2. Encourage the children to cover their pumpkins with paint and make a print by wrapping newsprint around their pumpkins.
  3. Help them carefully peel the newsprint off the pumpkins.
  4. Have the children dunk their pumpkins in water and rub the paint off.
  5. Dry the pumpkin for the next person to use.
  6. If desired, let each child paint a pumpkin and bring it home.

More to do Books 

Read It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw. Ask the children if they see any images in their pumpkin prints.

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities For Children 3 to 6
Topic: Flowers/Trees/Nature/Earth
Content: The Arts: Visual Arts
Area: Fine Motor
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Individual Child

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