We are gearing up for our annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch and I thought what better way to get excited than with a fun craft! The boys' artwork turned out darling!
Here is Andy's:
Here is Luke's:
To go along with this craft we read the fun book Pumpkin Hill by Elizabeth Spurr.
It is a story about how one lonely pumpkin grew plumper and plumper and over time seeds from that pumpkin grew into a huge army of roly-poly pumpkins. A mighty wind sets those pumpkins plummeting downhill and they wake up a sleepy valley town with a delightful rumbling, tumbling surprise.
To make our craft we started by using watercolors to paint a large hill with sky on top. (I used a light pencil marking to draw the hill before the kids painted.)
After the watercolors were dry, the boys dipped their fist into orange paint and pressed them onto the hill to make pumpkins. I helped them press down their fists at first to help them get the hang of it.
You can see how differently they turned out. I like that each piece of artwork turns out unique because of the different fist prints.
After the pumpkins were dry, the boys used school glue to draw three lines in each pumpkin to give them definition, and then sprinkled orange glitter over the glue. I directed them to try to make the lines in between their fingers of the fist print.
Once the orange glitter was dry, the boys used brown paint to add stems to their pumpkins.
Lastly, they used green paint to add some vines to the pumpkin patch.
The trick to making the vines is using one of these Wilton candy making bottles. Just fill it partially with green paint and any leftovers can be squeezed right back into your green paint bottle. I had my kids practice on a separate sheet of paper to get used to squeezing it and making the swirls before they actually painted on their artwork.
The finished project is bright and cheery and is sure to bring excitement for Fall into your home! :)
Last year we created pumpkin patch art using a toilet paper roll as a stamp for our pumpkins. You can check it out HERE if you are interested.