After sharing our new pumpkin template with you last week I really wanted to share an activity that shows it in use and this foil painted pumpkin craft does the job perfectly.
I’ve made this craft two ways so that you can use it as an easy Halloween craft or if you’d prefer not to make a Jack O’Lantern I’ve done it just as a normal pumpkin so you can make this as an autumn, harvest or Thanksgiving craft. Go with whichever one your kids prefer!
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This painted pumpkin craft is so easy to make and it’s one that’s really easily adaptable for different times of the year. The simple printing technique means that even toddlers and preschoolers can join in with the painting although if you choose to do this as a Halloween craft they will obviously need help with cutting out the shapes for the face.
Don’t fancy making a Halloween craft right now? No problem, just don’t do the final steps with the black paper or card.
Painting with Foil
Painting with foil is a fun activity for kids and a good way to change things up from using a paintbrush to paint with. Kitchen foil is also something that a lot of us have stashed in the back of a cupboard somewhere so teamed with our free template this makes this a pretty cheap activity to try out.
If this is your first time painting with foil why not encourage your child to scrunch the foil up into a ball themselves. What does it sound like? How does it feel?
Painting with foil is obviously a pretty hands on activity (no long bush keeping the hands away from paint) so make sure you have a wipe or damp cloth to hand afterwards to help clean up messy hands.
Free Pumpkin Template
Of course you can make this craft yourself by just drawing out the pumpkin shape but our printable means that you don’t need to worry about drawing and if you’re doing this activity with more than one child it can be really helpful to print something out rather than drawing the same thing again and again. Want the printable? Just grab our free pumpkin template.
Learning About Colour Mixing
Of course you can just grab the orange paint to make this craft but instead why not use red and yellow and use it as an excuse to look at colour mixing? As a good rule of thumb, start with the yellow and add a bit of red at a time as the red is darker.
Foil Painted Pumpkin Craft
- Reusable plate
- Orange and yellow paints
- Kitchen foil
- Green pen (optional)
- Black paper or card
- Free pumpkin template
- Print your free pumpkin template and pour some yellow and red paint onto your plate.
- Colour in the stalk of your pumpkin using your green pen.
- Scrunch up your foil and use it to mix the red and yellow paints together to make orange. You'll find that you need more yellow than red for this.
- Use your foil to paint your pumpkin.
- If you would like to make this as a Halloween craft then cut out eyes and a mouth shape from black paper or card and then glue these on to your pumpkin to make it into a Jack O'Lantern.
More Pumpkin Activities for Kids
Our pumpkin suncatcher is popular year after year and as this was made by my son I know that it’s kid friendly!
Practice some mark making with this mess free pumpkin activity.