pumpkin activities for preschoolers

5 Pumpkin Activities for Preschoolers

Posted on September 27, 2019 : Posted in Legacy Academy
pumpkin activities for preschoolers

Fall is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to do pumpkin activities with your little one. These simple, fun crafts are a great way to get creative this fall. Here are some of our favorite pumpkin activities for preschoolers.

Jack-O’-Lantern Plates

When it comes to pumpkin activities for preschoolers, you’ll want to keep it simple. It doesn’t get much simpler than a pumpkin on a plate. All you’ll need is a paper plate, some orange paint, and black and green construction paper. Start by having your child paint their plate orange. Next, cut some jack-o’-lantern eyes, a nose, and a mouth out of the black paper, and cut a stem out of the green paper. Your child can stick the jack-o’-lantern pieces onto their pumpkin. The wet paint should make them stick, but you can also wait until the paint dries and use some craft glue or tape instead.

Pumpkin Mask

The great thing about these pumpkin activities for preschoolers is that they can be adapted. For example, the jack-o’-lantern plates can also become pumpkin masks if you’d like. Once again, start with a paper plate. This time, instead of painting the entire plate, cut a hole in the middle where your child can center their face. Alternately, you can cut smaller holes for your child’s eyes and mouth. From there, have your child paint their pumpkin mask. Attach a stem to the top and a dowel rod to the bottom, and you’ve got a great addition for your child’s creative play.

Decorate a Pumpkin

Now, let’s make things even simpler by decorating a real pumpkin. Pumpkin carving gets messy fast, but compared to all of those pumpkin seeds, paint is far less messy. Start by getting a pumpkin from the grocery store, farmer’s market, or a pumpkin patch. You can even get two if you and your child want to do this craft side-by-side with you. If you involve your child in the choosing process, you can add to the fun. Once you bring the pumpkin home and wipe off the dirt, set your child up with some decorating supplies like paint or stickers.

Pumpkin Collage

It’s no surprise that most of the best pumpkin activities for preschoolers involve construction paper. This one is no different. For this activity, you’ll need orange construction paper, various colors of tissue paper, and glue. Cut a large pumpkin shape out of your orange construction paper. Your child can glue pieces of tissue paper to the pumpkin, creating a collage.

As a variation of this activity, you can create a pumpkin suncatcher with your child. Instead of construction paper, you’ll use contact paper cut into the shape of a pumpkin. When you and your child have finished the pumpkin, you can hang it up in the window so that it catches the light.

Jack-O’-Lantern Puppets

For this activity, you’ll need some card stock, a craft stick, some markers, and some glue. Start by cutting out the shape of a pumpkin from your card stock. Attach the craft stick to the bottom of the pumpkin using your glue. Once it dries, give it to your child, letting them bring their puppet to life with paint, markers, or stickers. After they finish their puppet craft, they can put on a puppet show.

Pumpkin Activities for Preschoolers

Enjoyed these pumpkin activities for preschoolers? Need more opportunities for your child to get creative? Then check out Legacy Academy. Our Legacy teachers come up with fun and unique activities based on our research-based curriculum. At Legacy Academy, learning isn’t just academic. It’s creative, exciting, and centered around play. Ready to learn more? Contact Legacy Academy in Roswell today. Find out how your child can become a part of the Legacy family.