This activity has two variations.
Supplies for using real pumpkins:
– numerous large pumpkins
– carving tools
– candles (battery or fire-lit)
Supplies for paper pumpkins:
– two-sided tape
– paper lunch bags
– orange and green construction paper
– battery-lit candles
You or your children can scoop out the insides of numerous pumpkins and then carve a simple face within each. Place a candle (with flame or battery lit) inside each one and place these along your walk.
If you and your children would rather not mess with a real pumpkin, you can make some out of paper lunch bags and orange and green construction paper. Use the sides of a lunch sack as a guide to cut two rectangular strips from the orange construction paper. These will act as the sides of the pumpkin, will help hide the bag, and connect your main pumpkin shapes (the front and back) together.
Next, cut two pumpkin shapes from the orange paper, big enough to cover the front and back of the paper bag. Cut a large rectangle out of the front and the back sides of the bag to allow light to flow through.
Help your children draw and cut simple faces from the orange pumpkins they cut out and tape one over each rectangular window. For each pumpkin, cut two identical rectangles from the green construction paper. Place one on the top of each orange pumpkin.
Place a battery candle inside each bag then tape the top closed so that it is hidden behind the orange pumpkin shapes.
9. Create a miniature golf course throughout the house or in the yard.
– ping pong balls or wadded up paper (to avoid breaking anything)
– golf clubs (preferably miniature though any size will do)
– masking tape to mark out the course
Set up your course then let the children take turns swinging until they get their ball in the desired “hole” or target.
10. Pumpkin Cookie decorating.
– sugar cookie dough
– one or two drinking glasses (or circle or pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters)
– orange and green-tinted frosting
– chocolate chips, and whatever other decorative items you choose
Roll the cookie dough flat and have your children cut them into circle shapes using the opened ends of the drinking glasses or into circle or pumpkin shapes using cookie cutters. Bake as directed. Once they have cooled, allow the children to decorate them into smiling pumpkins.
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