Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall Crafts For Toddlers: Thankful Pumpkin and Pumpkin Suncatchers

It's feeling like fall in Kansas City and Halloween is just a short two and a half weeks away. Let's just ignore the fact that I am nowhere near ready for Halloween or Connor's birthday party that will follow and get on to the fun stuff, fall crafts! We don't go too crazy for Halloween but I thought it would be fun to do some pumpkin themed crafts that both kids could enjoy.

We started with our Thankful Pumpkins. These would be perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving and are such cute table decorations!
Thankful Pumpkin Craft for Toddlers
We started off by talking about what being thankful meant. Grace got it, Connor not so much. So here was Grace's list of what she was thankful for, and I quote "Molly, Grandma and Papa (she said this twice, once for each set of grandparents,) Daddy, Connor, Pumpkins, and Mommy." Molly is a good friend of hers who she loves to play with, so I guess it's no surprise that she was listed first but I was a little insulted to be last! She then helped me come up with words for Connor including "Mommy, Daddy, Puppies, God, all of the Grandparents, and Trains." I figured that was pretty accurate for him.

This craft only requires a few supplies and is quick and easy to make.

1. Cut strips out of orange card stock.
2. Write thankful words on the strips. Punch a hole in both ends of each strip.
3. Make a knot or bend in one end of the pipecleaner. Slip the cardstock pieces onto the unknotted end and push them to the bottom. Make sure all of your words are facing down so that they can be seen when you create your pumpkin.
4. One at a time, bring each piece up and over the pipe cleaner to create a sphere. Work the cardstock around the pipe cleaner to even out your pumpkin.
5. Once all of the card stock pieces are in place, tie a knot in the pipe cleaner right about your pumpkin to hold it in place. Wrap the excess pipe cleaner around a pen or pencil to get the curly shape on top.

While I was putting together the pumpkins, I let the kids work on the next craft.
Pumpkin Suncatcher Craft for Toddlers

I love making suncatchers with contact paper. We did them at Valentine's Day and I thought it would be fun to make pumpkin decorations for our window.

1. Cut out a piece of contact paper and tape it sticky side out to a window.
2. Tear or cut small squares of tissue paper and let the kids go crazy sticking them to the contact paper.

This is the first time I've seen Connor excited about doing a craft. He was fascinated by the sticky contact paper and happily participated for about 20 minutes. Towards the end I helped them make sure their entire paper was covered but they didn't need too much help. You could add glitter or stickers at this point if you wanted as well.

3. Cut another piece of contact paper the same size and seal the tissue paper in by putting the sticky sides together.
4. Cut whatever shape you want. Use card stock to create a border and hang the masterpiece in your window.

When it dries out a little I think we are going to do leaf collages with the contact paper.

For more great toddler activities and crafts, visit my Activities for Toddlers page.

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