Mess Free Pumpkin Craft for Kids

This mess free pumpkin craft is perfect for kids and for parents. Why? Well it’s great for kids because it’s fun to play with and it helps teach about colour mixing and it’s great for parents because it’s mess free! This mess free pumpkin is similar to the mess free autumn tree we made last year so if you like mess free activities for kids it’s worth checking that one out too! I’ve also shared a little video tutorial on how to make this – just check out the video below.

mess free pumpkin colour mixing preschool

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To make this mess free pumpkin craft you will need:

Ziplock plastic bag

Black pen

Red Paint

Yellow paint

Optional – packaging tape

mess free pumpkin colour mixing

Lets make it:

To make your squishy paint pumpkin first draw a pumpkin shape onto your ziplock bag. I find that the cheaper felt tips tend to be no good for this so although these ones cost a bit more I genuinely do use them for everything!

Open the bag and put some red and yellow paint in the middle of the pumpkin. Carefully close the bag and zip it up – if you are giving this to a young kid and want to be super careful then seal the opening with packaging tape too.

mess free pumpkin letter practice mark making


You can now mix the red and yellow paints together to make an orange pumpkin, For older kids as well as colour mixing you could use the squishy paint bag as a way of practising mark making or letters too, drawing the letters in the paint.

If you’d like to see how I made this mess free pumpkin just watch the video below for a really quick tutorial, I also share in it how I made it into a Halloween craft too!

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mess free pumpkin craft for kids


  1. 11th September 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Oh I love this craft! You had me at mess free!! I can’t believe October is approaching and we are onto Halloween! Crazy!

    • 12th September 2017 / 9:36 am

      I know – there’s so much Halloween stuff in the shops already!

  2. 11th September 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Now that has my attention. I do like mess free activities as my son is a big mess maker. I think he would love to do this!!!

    • 12th September 2017 / 9:36 am

      Ha I don’t mind a mess sometimes but when you’ve just cleaned the house…. 😉

  3. 11th September 2017 / 8:06 pm

    You had me hooked at ‘mess-free’ – what a cute activity! Something I’ll certainly try with my lot!

  4. 11th September 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Ooo I love this. Such a perfect craft to do with little ones. My little boy will love it x

  5. 11th September 2017 / 9:21 pm

    What a fantastic craft to do with children, I love that it is mess free too

  6. 12th September 2017 / 6:15 am

    What a brilliant idea! I totally love any mess free play 🙂 and adore Hallowen so this is the perfect combination!

  7. 12th September 2017 / 11:08 am

    Cute idea – and any crafting that is ‘mess free’ is a bonus!! I’ll be trying this with my little bro 🙂

  8. 12th September 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Such a simple but clever idea! 🙂

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