We did more pumpkin face decorating per Luke's request the other day. This time we threw in some lacing practice with it. Although Andy is a 2nd grader, he still jumped at the chance of doing this craft with us and he really enjoyed it.
I started with two paper plates. I put them together with the bottom of the plates facing out. Then I used a hole punch and carefully punched holes around the entire perimeter of the the plates, while holding them tightly together so the holes matched up all the way around.
Since I knew my holes weren't exactly the same distance all the way around, I made a pencil mark on the inside of the plates where the top hole was so we would know how to line them up later.
Next I gave the boys yellow and red paint on a separate plate. Luke is reviewing colors in Kindergarten right now so I thought it was a good opportunity for them to practice mixing colors to get orange. After they mixed up their paint on their plate, they painted the bottom of both plates. While the paint was drying, I had them cut the eyes, nose and mouth for their pumpkin face out of yellow paper. We glued them onto one of the plates when they were dry. (Luke didn't want a nose, just a big, scary mouth!)
Then I lined the plates up together, and started their lacing by putting a strand of orange yarn through the top hole of the plate and tying a knot at the top of the plate. Then the boys had fun lacing the pumpkins together.
They both laced their pumpkins differently which was cool. You can see in the picture below that one plate is a darker orange and one is a lighter orange. I love how by them mixing the red and yellow together themselves, it gave them a unique color to their pumpkin.
After lacing, I gave them a green chenille stem to put through a hole at the top, wrap it around itself to hold it in place, and then they wrapped the rest of it around their finger to make it curly. They also cut out their own stem from brown construction paper and glued it to the back of the pumpkin.
They turned out really cute!!
We also picked up Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell at the library to read with our pumpkin craft.
In the course of one year, Tim watches as his discarded jack-o-latern, Jack, decomposes, sprouts and finally produces more pumpkins in time for fall.
I love the illustrations in this book. I think they really help give children an understanding of the life cycle of a pumpkin. I think this year after Halloween we will throw our pumpkins in our garden area so the kids can see the changes and see if anything comes up next year.