Pumpkin Paintings Art Activity for Preschoolers

Decorate for Halloween with kid-made pumpkin paintings that come framed and ready to display. Kids will love choosing paint colors and adding fun features to their pumpkins.

Pumpkin picture in a frame painting activity - Preschool Toolkit

This post contains affiliate links. Privacy and Disclosure

 

Halloween is a fun time of year for crafting. We can never have enough homemade ghosts and witches and jack-o-lanterns around the house or in the classroom. 

This painting activity is easy to set up with recycled foam trays and craft paint

Along with traditional paint colors, provide other options such as purple and blue. You can also make additional craft materials available, such as feathers and craft foam, to complete the pictures. This gives kids lots of opportunity to be creative.

We are fortunate to have a recycling program in our area that includes foam trays. I often use them for crafts before they go to the recycle bin. I prefer to reuse trays that package baked goods rather than meat products to ensure safe handling, even though the trays are washed before reusing.

Related: Drawing with chalk on foam trays

The instructions for this art activity promote a child-led activity. We provide options that can extend the activity or make it easy to apply to different ages and skill levels.

 

Mix red and yellow paint for a fall pumpkin art activity with preschoolers

 

Instructions for pumpkin paintings:

1. Pour orange paint into a small jar lid or paint pot.

As an option, show kids how to mix red and yellow paint together to make orange paint!

2. Paint a pumpkin shape on the foam tray.

 

Halloween pumpkin picture painting activity for kids

 

3. Paint the outside edge of the tray with black paint to create the frame.

4. Allow to dry.

5. Add features with black paint.

As an option, outline the features first with pencil or crayon.

6. Cut a stem out of brown construction paper and glue to the top of the pumpkin.

7. Attach a hanger with ribbon or string and display the framed pumpkin. 

 

Be as creative as you like with your pumpkin paintings!

 

Recycle foam trays for a fall painting activiy making pumpkin pictures with preschoolers

 

Add a stem and leaf cut out of green craft foam.

Cut features in different colors and shapes from construction paper.

 

Pumpkin craft painting activity on foam trays

 

Cut features from a colorful sheet of glitter craft foam

The feather 'stem' is a nice touch inside the purple frame!

 

Note: Can you see a bit of paint flaking on the frame? We found the Melissa and Doug brand black poster paint the most effective, but keep in mind the process and not the product is the goal or purpose of any child-led activity.

 

 Activities with Real Pumpkins

40+ pumpkin activities for kids

 Halloween crafts and activities on Pinterest

 


Share this page


Newsletter

Subscribe to our mailing list and get updates right in your inbox!

Join Our Newsletter

Inspiring Ways to Play and Learn with LEGO®

 The Unofficial Guide to Learning with Lego®: 100+ Inspiring Ideas 

 ebook version

Learning with LEGO® activities for kids 

 

 

  

 

Fun Products

See all the preschool themed units!

Preschool Unit Lesson Plans for a full year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


STEAM KIDS 50+ Activities for hands-on fun  

STEAM Kids ebook 50+ activities for kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsored Content

Share this page