It’s Not All Mary Poppins

More Hallowe’en crafting

Take an orange pumpkin shape, add features, and voila! Jack o’lanterns.

To make it Educational, you talk about:

colours — black and orange, the colours of the month
shapes — the children choose from piles of precut shapes for their pumpkin’s faces
emotions — the mouth is a black squiggle, which can be put on to make a sad mouth or a happy mouth, as per child’s direction.

There you go. Emotional awareness, math, art, not to mention the fine motor control necessary to manage glue, and to place the features where they belong.

(The hats were another craft, very simple: pointy witch-hat shapes onto which they put some sparkly Hallowe’en stickers. The tots themselves decided it would be fun if their pumpkins wore the hats!)

October 24, 2008 - Posted by | crafts, holidays | , , , , , , ,


  1. Very cute and EASY!!! Just what we need to try here. Love the tie in to discuss emotions.

    It is! I love EASY crafts! Is Ian co-ordinated enough to cut his own shapes? That would be the next obvious level of sophistication. (Course, if you let Ian cut, then Laurel will want to try, and if she can manage scissors at all, you won’t be seeing facial shapes, but only lots and lots of fringes. Or maybe Hallowe’en confetti…)

    Comment by mamacita tina | October 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. We did a Halloween craft this week too. I let my oldest cut white trash bags into squares. Then we threw a glob of stuffing in the middle and tied it off with pipe cleaner. I tied a string arond it and taped it to the top so that it would hang straight, and tied them to our tree limbs out front. Ghosts!

    I love Halloween crafts.

    Comment by ktjrdn | October 24, 2008 | Reply

  3. Ooooh, this is another good one! My three year old will love this, especially if I let her wield the scissors again. Not sure my 15 months old will want to get into this, but I guess we can let him if he’s interested (just not the part with the scissors). So far, he’s been mildly interested in crayons, and that’s it.

    Comment by smashedpea | October 24, 2008 | Reply

  4. Great crafty idea! I think if you ever get tired of toddlers, you should run a day care for adults. Crafts, wine, glitter glue and Pride and Prejudice showings.

    I’d pay a lot every month to be part of that.

    Comment by rambleicious | October 25, 2008 | Reply

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