Every Spring, we plant pumpkins in our garden. By the time Fall rolls around, the ground is criss-crossed with miles of pumpkin vines and lots of just-turned-orange pumpkins hiding under the pumpkin plant leaves.
This year, our pumpkin crop turned out a couple dozen pumpkins that were just the right size for the kids to carry around. The weather was sunny and mild, just right for spending the day outside. I gathered our art supplies and invited the neighborhood kids over for an impromptu pumpkin painting party in my front yard. Everyone picked out a pumpkin, picked up a paintbrush, and got busy.
How to host your own pumpkin painting party. It’s easy – trust me.
All you really need are pumpkins and a few simple art supplies, including:
- Acrylic paints (in a variety of colors)
- Paintbrushes and/or Foam brushes
- Paper cups, plates and/or bowls
Just a note about the glitter. The paint has to be wet when you sprinkle on the glitter, otherwise the glitter won’t stick. The glitter painted pumpkins turned out really sparkly and pretty.
We used paper bowls as our paint palettes. I squeezed a little bit of paint into everyone’s bowl and added more paint and different colors as needed. The cups were filled with water in case someone needed to wash their paintbrush.
By some miracle, nobody got paint on their clothing, which was a good thing because I totally forgot to make them wear an artist’s smock or apron to protect their clothes. I’ll probably try to remember to do that next time.
The kids had a fun time painting pumpkins. I had a fun time watching them being creative and taking pictures. Everyone got to take their pumpkins home with them, of course. My kids used their painted pumpkins to decorate our front porch steps. I think pumpkin painting parties are going to become a new Fall tradition for us!
What are your favorite fall crafts for kids? Share your fall art activities for kids and families with us in the comments.