Pumpkin Art Projects
Monthly Block Projects
September Apple Block ----See below for information on how to make the Pumpkin Block for October!
I have had so many requests for special directions and patterns for these "Monthly Blocks" that I am going to be making these available to those who are interested in purchasing this resource. You will be provided with full colored pictures, patterns and detailed directions. There is a different character for each of the months from September through May. For October we make a very cute Pumpkin Block to celebrate fall. Make this a tradition in your classroom, too!
An on line link will be provided to access the directions and patterns. Please make sure you provide the correct email address for me to be able to send you this link. There are no shipping charges since this is a digital link. You will be able to start your projects as soon as you receive this link.
The blocks that the children make use a 2x4x6 inch piece of wood. They last forever and will be a family treasure for many, many years to come. Many parents tell me that they still have all of the blocks and use them each year!
You will receive detailed directions to make the following:
September—Apple man ( see sample)
October Pumpkin man
February 2 different blocks for Feb--Cupid and Abe Lincoln
This is a great time to get started. I will provide the link for you as soon as I receive payment for you to be able to get started right away on your monthly blocks!! The cost will be $14.99 with no shipping charges. If you would like to pay with a credit card, click below on the link. If you would like to pay by check, please contact me.
1. The Biggest Pumpkin!
After reading several stories on the biggest pumpkin, I decided to make a giant pumpkin. A parent made the frame for this papier-mâché pumpkin using a "chicken wire." I brought it home and covered it with strips of newspaper that had been dipped in white glue. This was done by hanging it from my patio cover with a rope. A stem was attached to the top. The kids helped to paint the pumpkin, and we had it for the whole month of October. It was so big that we couldn't keep it longer!
2. Mr. Pumpkin Head Scarecrow
Another fun pumpkin activity is to construct a "Pumpkin Head Scarecrow." He is shown in the background (sitting in a chair) of the picture above. Regular children's clothing was used to make the scarecrow. Newspaper was used to stuff him, and a stuffed pumpkin was used for his head. These can be purchased. A hat was used to make him look authentic. We had lots of fun with him, too! He can be used until the end of November.
This project was made as a crayon resist, scribble drawing first on a 9x12 white paper. Any design or scribble is okay! Then a blue, watercolor wash was done over the crayon. I think that kindergarten students might have trouble cutting the pumpkin shape out of the orange paper without cutting the edges. An adult could to do this part. Then the eyes, nose and mouth were cut out of black, construction paper and glued on.
4. Pumpkin Magnetic Frames
This is a pumpkin picture frame made with Fun Foam. You could also use construction paper. A magnet is attached to the back for each child's refrigerator. They can be cut from Fun Foam or purchased from Oriental Trading Company.
5. Mosaic Pumpkins
This project was done with a pumpkin pattern. Students tore the orange construction paper into small pieces and glued them on the pumpkin. A green stem was attached.
6 Pumpkin Photos Door Decoration
Even though this is not a pumpkin art idea, I am including it with the other pumpkins. The photo below is a digital photo that was taken and pasted on top of a pumpkin graphic. This can get expensive to print all of the pumpkins. So, I purchased small (calendar type) pumpkins and mounted each child's picture in the center. I had each child make a "scary" face. I cropped the photos into a circle and glued their picture in the center of the pumpkin. We put a big haunted house on the door and put all of the children's scary faced pictures around the haunted houses. We used the caption "SCARY FACES! Click on the pumpkin to see a picture of our door!
Books used for our study of Pumpkins:
The Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
Pooh's Pumpkin by Isabel Gaines
The Stubborn Pumpkin by Laura Geringer
The Pumpkin Story by Gail Gibbons
It's Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall
Picking Apples and Pumpkins by Amy Hutchings
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll