We've been painting pumpkins every year, beginning when Maia was a year old and I had just started the first toddler art group. So it seemed right that we paint pumpkins again this year with the current group of little ones.
Pumpkin painting just seems like the perfect toddler-friendly Halloween activity. It's something they can totally get into — using paint and brushes (or hands) on 3-dimensional orange objects with ridges and stems. How fun!
This photo of Daphne and Joe painting their pumpkins was taken before Daphne painted her hands black and began making handprints over her pumpkin and before Joe dumped a bowl of paint over his and used his hands to paint his. Perhaps we should have just made it a fingerpainting activity… :)
By the way, we had a large turn-out for the toddler art group yesterday, but somehow I mostly just managed to take about fifty photos of Daphne and Joe. I'll try to do better next time.
The paint we used is activity paint from Discount School Supply. We've used tempera paint for painting pumpkins in the past and it works fine, but does tend to crack and peel a bit after it dries. I chose the activity paint this time because it adheres to most surfaces without any cracking (it's also great for spin art!). BioColor paint would work great, too.
If you have tempera paint though, go ahead and use it! Try mixing in a few drops of liquid dish soap to the tempera paint first to help it stick to the smooth surface.
I only put out black and white paints for the kiddos to make the painted pumpkins extra halloweeny.
They are rather modern-looking, too, don't you think?
If you liked this pumpkin painting activity, then you might like the other autumn crafts and halloween decorations in my ebook:
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