We read The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler last night and after reading the story I knew making goofy pumpkin faces would go along perfectly! I seriously dreamt about it last night. haha!
The characters in the story are Little Nell, BIG Mama, BIG Sarah, and BIG Lizzie. It's Halloween, and the three siblings are looking for pumpkins to carve into jack-o'-lanterns. Little Nell's selection is deemed too small and ugly by her sisters. Not to be deterred, Little Nell enlists the help of Reindeer, Hare, and Bear Cub and creates a special jack-o'-lantern that can proudly take its place on the porch. As BIG Mama says, Jack-o'-lanterns come in all shapes and sizes!, a line that can be reassuringly applied to children as well.
So this morning the boys sat down and made their very own, unique pumpkin faces.
Materials you will need:
-2 sheets black card stock paper
-1 sheet white card stock paper
1. Have your child cut out a large pumpkin shape out of the white sheet of construction paper. My boys actually used a pencil to draw their pumpkin first and then cut it out. Don't throw away the scraps because you are going to use them.
2. Paint the pumpkin orange. (Ok, as a sidenote, after completing this project I thought it would have been more fun to have given each child yellow and red paint to mix together to make their own orange color. Not only does it teach about combining different colors, but I'm certain each child would have come out with a different shade of orange making each project more unique. This can also be applied to the green paint, giving each child blue and yellow and having them make their own.)
You can already see how different my boys are just by looking at their painted pumpkins. Andrew paints a thin, smooth layer. Luke paints everything thick and dark.
3. Take one of the left over white scraps and paint it green. Let the pumpkin and green scrap dry completely.
4. Use a piece of black card stock paper to cut out a mouth and pupils for the pumpkin, and use the other white scrap paper to cut out 2 eyeballs and teeth for the pumpkin.
5. When the pumpkin is dry, glue it to the 2nd piece of black card stock paper. Then glue on the mouth, teeth, eyeballs and pupils.
6. When the green scrap paper is dry, cut out a pumpkin stem and some grass for the bottom of the paper. Then glue them on your page.
We sat the pictures down next to each other when we were all done and discussed the differences between them. Luke's pumpkin is kind of an odd shape, looking like a jalapeno pepper while Andy's is more oval like. Andy has a small stem while Luke has a huge stem. Andy's had rectangle straight teeth while Luke's has jagged sharp teeth. Andy only has a little bit of grass while Luke has a lot of grass. So many differences, yet both such perfect, beautiful pieces of art!
I have about 15 different pumpkin crafts I'd love to get done this week...Wish we'd be able to get to all of them, but I know we won't.
To go along with our pumpkin theme this week we also had a very fun lunch. I made ham & cheese pumpkin wraps.
To make the wraps, I simply used some sun dried tomato and basil wraps and put mayo, ham & swiss cheese inside before rolling it up. After it was rolled up, I cut the ends off and made 6 sections out of each wrap. I put a piece of cilantro on each section and poked a toothpick through the entire section to hold it together nicely. They turned out so cute, looking like little pumpkins.
The kids also had some grapes and vanilla yogurt with orange and green sprinkles just to spice it up a bit. :)
They gobbled it all up and Andy even exclaimed, "I wish we would have this every day for lunch!" Me too Andy! I love eating fun food!
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