This post was contributed by Leah of Simple. Home. Blessings.
A Kids Thanksgiving Art Project Easy Enough for Toddlers!
Still have some pumpkins hanging around after Halloween? I love to keep them throughout the fall season, just because I think they are so beautiful (there are so many amazing varieties)! We found a fun, seasonal way to play with pumpkins and create something special for our Thanksgiving table. It was perfect for our toddler who loves to paint, and she will definitely delight in the family seeing her work on Thanksgiving day. This kids Thanksgiving art project was such a hit, I think we will make this into a Thanksgiving tradition.
Kids Thanksgiving Table Runner Art
Sugar pumpkins (I think that is the variety) or another pumpkin with a longer stem – we had three
Paint (we used washable) and plates to pour the paint into
A length of butcher paper long enough to span your dining table.
Tape (we used blue tape)
How to prep for the project:
We did this project outside on the driveway to try to cut down on the mess.
Cut the pumpkins in half horizontally and remove all the seeds and strings.
Pour desired paint colors into plates or shallow dishes.
Lay down the length of butcher paper and tape it down.
Place paint plates next to the paper, with the pumpkins next to them.
Once you have everything you need and you have the project set-up, your child’s creativity is all that matters. I started by demonstrating that the pumpkin now was a stamp by dipping it in the paint, gently shaking off the excess, and then pressing it on the paper. And it was a pumpkin!
After that, my little one went for it! Interestingly, she created lines on either side of the length of butcher paper, using as many colors as she wanted. It was so easy for her to work with pumpkin stamp because it had a long stem, large enough for her small hand to grasp.
After we were done with our kids Thanksgiving art project, and the paint had dried, I went back over the stemless pumpkins and gave them stems, so they could look more pumpkin-y. This beautiful creation will be the centerpiece of our Thanksgiving table.
I am already thinking of all the other fall things we could use to paint our table runner next year. Leaves! Acorns! Pine Cones! Cornucopias?
What do you do to get your little ones excited and involved in the holidays? Have any kids Thanksgiving art projects to share?
Leah is the homemaker and mama behind Simple. Home. Blessings. She loves seeing the spark in her children’s eyes as they discover and explore new things. She is passionate about reading and creates lots of activities based on favorite books. She also writes about other topics related to homemaking.