I’m really feeling great since having my surgery. My recovery has been much quicker than expected. But I’m so excited to still have some great guest posts scheduled to share with you. Check out this fun (and simple) Halloween art project from Vicky of Mess for Less…
I love discovering things I already have at home that my kids can use to create interesting art. The Halloween activity I am going to share with you today was inspired when I was washing the dishes. I looked down at the scrubbing sponge I was using and thought it might make a good pumpkin stamper. With just a few extra items, my kids were able to create some cute Halloween art using an everyday item in a new way.
Pumpkin Sponge Painting
You will need:
- Circular scrubbing sponge
- Orange, green and black paint
- White construction paper
- Paint brush
- Googly eyes
- Tray or plate for paint
If you don’t already have circular scrubbing sponges you can get those at the dollar store along with the googly eyes we will be using later. I would imagine you can just cut a rectangular sponge you already have into a circle shape and get similar results.
Squirt some orange paint onto the tray and spread it in a circle roughly equal to the size of your sponge.
Have your child dip the sponge in the paint, making sure they cover as much of the surface as possible.
Next, they will push their paint filled sponge onto a piece of white paper. The key here is to make sure they turn their hand clockwise and counter clockwise while holding the sponge on the paper. This will ensure they get a nice circle impression.
You child can make as many as they want on the paper, just make sure to leave room because they will be adding a stem.
When we were finished, we let the pumpkins dry for a bit and then returned to add some finishing touches. We used some green paint and made stems.
Then we glued on some googly eyes. My youngest worked hard to pick up the tiny eyes and place them just where she wanted them.
Finally we added a nose and mouth using black paint.
I love how each of my kids made such different expressions on their pumpkins.
I hope you enjoyed this simple Halloween project. Take a look around your house and see what items you already have that can be used in a different way.
Vicky is a stay at home mom raising 3 girls – twins that are 4 and a 2½ year old. She blogs at Mess For Less where she shares budget friendly kid activities, recipes and ideas.
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