Olivia worked so diligently on a few Halloween greetings this year! Love how this simple art project was a great learning opportunity to discuss drawing circles and triangles. My sweet girl is a pro at making smiley faces! Here are here masterpieces:
The process in action:
After the paint was dry and the pumpkins were decorated, Olivia added stickers. It’s so fascinating to watch her decision process– the spiders, for example, needed to go in the corner upside down. The simple act of peeling stickers and placing images is a great way to strengthen her fine motor skills. I always like to ask her questions about the various images- silly animal faces or Halloween images are natural conversation starters!
There are so many great toddler pumpkin and art ideas floating on Pinterest. Here are some of my favorites:
- Pumpkin Prints: Painting with a small pumpkin instead of a regular paint brush. Loved her suggestion to use yellow and red paints, which will naturally make orange.
- Pumpkin Art with Plastic Wrap: A no-mess sensory activity!
- Montessori Inspired Pumpkin Hammering: Practice eye and hand coordination using wooden golf tees, a wooden hammer, and a pumpkin.
- Water Bottle Cap Pumpkin Stamping Craft: Create adorable little pumpkins using a water bottle cap.
- Potato Pumpkin Printing: Another fun stamping activity- simply carve a pumpkin face into a potato, dip in paint, and stamp!
- Refrigerator Jack-O-Lantern: Endless ways to decorate your pumpkin and talk about emotions.
We tucked one of Olivia’s pumpkin portraits into a special Halloween greeting for Olivia’s newest cousin.
My Mom has a collection of fun spider rings and Olivia has LOVED playing with them this year. We couldn’t resist sharing some spider bling with Adeline and her Mommy! We placed an orange and pink jeweled ring, along with pumpkin bubbles and stickers, into a spider silhouette box.
I love this pattern- it cuts beautifully and comes together so easily for a unique and spooky gift!