Try these pumpkin art projects with the kids this fall. They’re perfect as part of your preschool pumpkin activities. Or just because they’re fun!
Use the pumpkin-themed art projects for kids to inspire creativity in your students and teach them a few new art techniques along the way. Most of all, let them explore with a variety of mediums without fear of “doing it wrong.”
In addition to creativity, these pumpkin-themed art ideas let kids practice a multitude of other early skills. So what are you waiting for? Let’s take a look at the fall art fun!
I know I mentioned a pumpkin theme above, but you don’t have to pen yourself in when planning. The pumpkin art ideas would work well during a general fall unit, when discussing fruits and vegetables, or even as a precursor to a trip to the pumpkin patch.
These art projects would be great for kids of varying ages. Preschool and kindergarten kids will definitely get a kick out of them. And I think the pumpkin art would also be fun to try with older elementary children.
What Skills are the Kids Practicing with the Pumpkin Art?
As I already mentioned, the pumpkin art projects let kids practice a variety of early learning skills. While I’m definitely of the mind that art is awesome for art’s sake, it’s also nice to touch on the skills being explored.
Here are a few such skills:
- Problem solving
- Decision making
- Color identification
- Color theory
- Risk taking
- Fine motor
- Gross motor
- Force and motion
While that’s not an exhaustive list, it’s a good start! So if you’re every questioned about all the art fun you have, don’t be shy about extolling all of the benefits.
Are there any additional skills you think I need to add to this list?
Materials for the Pumpkin-Themed Art Ideas
Before jumping into all of the pumpkin art projects, let’s touch on supplies quickly. Here are some of the materials you might want to grab before getting started (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
- Real pumpkins of various sizes
- Washable tempera paint
- Acrylic paint
- Pumpkin seeds
- Oil pastels
- Paper plates
- Pine cones
If you have access to these supplies, you could likely try most of the pumpkin projects below. But don’t stress if you don’t have everything. I suggest taking a look through all of the ideas. Then pick a couple favorites and locate those materials first.
Unless you want an excuse to head to the craft stores. In which case, you definitely need to do that first. 😉
Pumpkin Art Projects
Now let’s take a look at all of the pumpkin art ideas! Below you’ll see collages of images followed by links to each of the projects. Click on the links to read more about each of the art activities in more detail.
Work on science concepts AND art with a rollaway pumpkin painting project.
Let each of your students make a pine cone pumpkin after a nature walk.
Encourage the kids’ creativity with lots of color choices as they delve into painting pumpkins.
If your students like using their hands to make art, try this pumpkin patch art project.
Use natural materials as part of a Halloween pumpkin art activity.
Make simple pumpkin art with the kids as they try pipette painting.
Explore a slightly different art technique while making smoosh painted pumpkin art.
Or add a multi-media textured pumpkin patch to your collection of pumpkin art projects to create with the children.
Make q-tip pumpkin art with toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary kids.
Have you used chalk pastels with your students yet? This chalk pastel pumpkin art is a good one to try!
Or incorporate glue and make glue resist pumpkins with the kids.
The kids will definitely ooh and aah when helping create melted crayon pumpkins!
Which of these pumpkin art projects are you going to try with your students first? I know, it’s hard to pick just one!
Even More Pumpkin Activities for Kids
If your students are having a serious blast with all the pumpkin art activities, I have even more pumpkin ideas for you:
- Pumpkin Seed Activities
- Name Pumpkin Puzzles
- Pumpkin Shape Mats
- Fall Pumpkin Cutting Activities
- Pumpkin Geoboard
Be sure to save this post for future reference! If you have a Pumpkin Theme Pinterest board, like I do, that would be a great place to keep it.
Pumpkin Lesson Plans
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