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October 15, 2012

Life Cycle of a Pumpkin

I couldn't return "Pumpkin Jack" to the library without exploring the life cycle of a pumpkin with Luke and having him create this fun art project. 
This cute book is about a boy named Tim who in the course of one year, watches as his discarded jack-o-lantern, Jack, decomposes, sprouts and finally produces more pumpkins in time for Fall. It is a great read for Fall, especially to talk about the life cycle of a pumpkin.
To make our craft, I started by cutting a pumpkin shape out of a piece of poster board (11x14 size). Our first stage in the life cycle is the seeds in the ground. Luke glued down real roasted pumpkin seeds and used marker to draw the ground underneath them.

Next, he created the plant coming out of the ground. Brown marker for the ground, green marker for the plant coming out of the ground, and for some visual effect, he cut some green leaves out of a foam sheet and glued them on.

To make our full grown pumpkin, Luke dipped his fist in green paint and pressed it down to make the shape of a pumpkin. It wasn't exactly round how he wanted, so he used a paint brush to touch it up. When the paint was completely dry, he used markers to add the stem, jack-o-lantern face, and a line for the ground.

The Winter pumpkin scene was the most fun. We made another pumpkin fist for the pumpkin and let it dry completely, then added ground underneath it with marker. To make the fun snow effect, I mixed flour and white paint together until it made a thick paste consistency, then Luke painted snow on top of the pumpkin and on the ground underneath it. To make the paste, I started with equal parts of flour and paint, and then just added more paint a little at a time until I got the consistency I wanted. If you are only doing one project, you seriously only need like a teaspoon of flour. While the snow was still wet, he sprinkled silver glitter over it. I also found some small snowflake stickers I had from last year and he added them to the top like the snow was falling down. He sprinkled glitter on those too.

I helped Luke draw arrows connecting each section and printed out the "Life Cycle of a Pumpkin" for him to glue in the middle. To finish it up I took the paper off an orange crayon, Luke laid the crayon down on the poster board, and lightly colored over the open spaces to give it some color. We also did brown crayon for the stem at the top.

Thanks for stopping by to check out our fun pumpkin life cycle craft!!


Camille said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing. I LOVE this idea and will use it with my class next week. Something I do every year, is leave a pumpkin outside to rot. The changes are fascinating. Pumpkin Jack is one of my very favorite books!
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Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for stopping by Camille! I hope your class enjoys this craft. I am excited to leave a pumpkin out to rot like you do every year. I know my kids will love seeing the transformation. Thanks for sharing the great idea with me. :-)

Maro s kindergarten said... Best Blogger Tips

This craft is wonderful! I am preparing for pumpkins and it would go great with our theme! I like that you connect your crafts with books! It is something I like doing too!