Hopefully you’ll all be taking part in the Neighbourhood Pumpkin Trail this year! It’s an alternative Halloween activity for the kids since Trick or Treating might be a bit tricky (!!) If you’re not sure what it is or how to take part check out our Blog which tells you all about it, here!
To give you some pumpkin inspiration here are our 10 favourite Pumpkin based activities to do with the kids. Why not have a go at them and pop them in your window ready for the pumpkin trail!! We’d love it if you’d share your creations in the Mumbler Chat Group so other families can get some ideas – just click here to head over.
If you want to keep things simple, we’ve got a pumpkin drawing you can just print off, colour in and pop in your window!! Click here.
🎃 Pumpkin Slime
1/2 Cup White PVA Glue
Unscented Shaving Cream
Orange Food Colouring
Add 1/2 cup of white school PVA glue and 4 cups of shaving cream to a bowl. Mix well and then add in a some drops of your orange food colouring. Stir to mix in the colour.
Next stir in 1/4 tsp of Baking Soda. Then add saline solution about 1 Tablespoon at a time and mix.
Keep adding a little more saline solution and mixing until your slime begins forming into a ball-like form as you mix. You’ll notice this is when it starts to turn into slime and becomes less sticky. It will begin coming off the sides of your container and sticking together.
If your slime is still sticky add some more saline solution by starting small and adding a little as you go and continue to knead it. The slime will take on a fluffy marshmallowy consistency that is so addictive to play with!
When you’re finished you’ll want to store your slime in an air tight container. Or have the kids create their own jack-o-lantern jars by cutting out the faces from black paper and using some PVA glue to glue their faces to the mason jars. This can be a super fun family activity, and perfect for a Halloween Party!
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🎃 Traditional Pumpkin Carving
I find the best thing to do is draw on your design with pencil (then you have the chance to alter if required!) If you want to be fancy, you can use a template – if you’re arty, create your own spooky picture or you can use one from the internet. Simply stick the template to the front of your pumpkin, carefully trace the image by poking holes along the lines before removing the template and carving along the holes!!
Top tip, if you wipe the pumpkin out with bleach as it stops the pumpkin going mouldy quite so quickly! Glo sticks are also a safer alternative to candles, especially with little ones around.
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🎃Toasted Pumpkin Seeds.
After you’ve carved your spooky pumpkin, you’ll be left with about 10,000 little seeds all over your table. Fear not! Follow this method to make a great healthy snack out of those leftover seeds…
Preheat the oven to 140 C / Gas mark 1. Line a baking tray with baking parchment or aluminium foil.
After removing the seeds from the pumpkin, rinse with water, and remove any strings and bits of pumpkin. Pat dry, and place in a small bowl. Stir the olive oil and salt into the seeds until evenly coated. Spread out in an even layer on the prepared baking tray.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until seeds start to pop. Remove from oven and cool on the baking tray before serving.
🎃Paper Lantern Pumpkin
Fold a sheet of A4 orange paper in half.
Cut approx. 1.5cm slices the whole way leaving approx. 2cm at each end.
Glue the two short sides together.
Staple on a green handle, draw on the face and you’re done!
🎃Paper Plate Pumpkin
Cut the top of the plate into a pumpkin shape before painting the plate orange.
Using the cut off from the plate, cut out a stalk shape and paint green.
Glue into place.
Stick pipe cleaners or wool around the top of the plate (a great way to practice fine motor skills with younger children).
Make the pumpkins face however you like – you can paint it on, draw it on, cut out shapes for the eyes, nose and mouth – whatever you want!
🎃Plastic Plate Pumpkin
Cover the plate with orange tissue paper.
Use green feathers for the stalk.
Stick eyes, nose and mouth into place.
Easy as that!
I love this one!!
If you hate digging out the seeds, this is the type of pumpkin activity for you! Fan out several different colours of paper to make the hair. Tie together near the bottom with a pipe cleaner or rubber band. Glue into position using PVA glue.
Use giant pipe cleaners as a “hairband” to hide the “hairline”. Cut out ears and cover with glitter. Glue ears into place. To make them stick out, place cocktail sticks behind them wedge into the actual pumpkin. Glue eyes and nose into position. Glitter and glue tear drop detail into place. Draw on extra facial expression detailing!
🎃 Pumpkin Stamps
Cut an apple lengthways in half.
Cover in orange paint and use as stamps.
Paint on green stalks and black face detailing.
🎃 Mini Pumpkin Faces
A really easy but fun thing to do with younger children – use satsumas to draw on scary faces!
Looks great in the fruit bowl and its a brilliant way to get them to eat their fruit!
🎃 Pumpkin Drip Art
Paint your pumpkin!
You can just straightforward paint them or you can create drip art – drip poster paint in different colours over the pumpkin to make a lovely coloured background! You can leave it like that (its really pretty) or draw on a face. Quick and easy and allows all ages to partake in the pumpkin fun! Simply search ‘pumpkin drip art’ on the internet for some ideas!!