If your children, like mine, are too little to carve pumpkins then there are plenty of alternatives available to you. ***The art and craft products used in this post as linked below***
One of the best ways to get younger children involved is to get them to decorate a pumpkin instead. Again, there are many ways that this can be achieved, such as using paint, glitter or even stencils. Today, we kept things simple with foam shapes and wiggly eyes. We bought smaller pumpkins at the supermarket, as I knew my two wouldn’t need huge ones and I layed everything out on the table for them to choose. The set up was quick and easy.
My 3 year old went to town on his pumpkin. He absolutely adored slathering on the glue and then covering it with the craft materials. He spent a good 15 minutes carefully placing each shape on the orange surface and he was, quite rightly, very proud of the results.
Even my 16 month old got involved and, although she wasn’t able to spread the glue in herself, she was able to practice her pincer grip to pick up the small objects before placing them carefully on the pumkin. She really enjoyed the task and, although she didn’t take as much pride in it as her brother, she seemed satisfied that she’d done something a little bit different to our normal are art craft activities.
The finished results are very effective and I would highly recommend this activity for younger children. It gets them excited about Halloween without having the mess and dangerous tools that come with pumpkin carving.
3 year old’s
The resources we used were:
Wiggly eyes: http://firsthandschoolresources.co.uk/epages/197c9914-25e2-4a6c-936b-95a0d092bbc0.mobile/?ObjectPath=/Shops/197c9914-25e2-4a6c-936b-95a0d092bbc0/Products/022-0233&ClassicView=1
Foam shapes: http://firsthandschoolresources.co.uk/epages/197c9914-25e2-4a6c-936b-95a0d092bbc0.mobile/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/197c9914-25e2-4a6c-936b-95a0d092bbc0/Products/022-0224
PVA glue: http://firsthandschoolresources.co.uk/epages/197c9914-25e2-4a6c-936b-95a0d092bbc0.mobile/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/197c9914-25e2-4a6c-936b-95a0d092bbc0/Products/023-0263
Glue spreaders: http://firsthandschoolresources.co.uk/epages/197c9914-25e2-4a6c-936b-95a0d092bbc0.mobile/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/197c9914-25e2-4a6c-936b-95a0d092bbc0/Products/023-0267