Pumpkin Painting Ideas
You can have great fun painting a face on a real pumpkin to decorate it, but why not invite your child to paint
a pumpkin picture on paper that will last much longer? Use paint, paper, and a simple fold for an art project that
can lead into a discussion about symmetry.
What you need:
- a large sheet of paper
- paints in pumpkin colors (orange, brown, green, etc.)
- paint brushes
- a smock
- optional: a pumpkin model for inspiration!
What you do:
- Fold the sheet of paper in half and put it down with the fold on the left.
- Have your child put on the smock and use the paints and brush to paint half a pumpkin on the still-folded sheet of paper (the middle of the pumpkin should touch the fold). He or she can use a real pumpkin as a model. If your child needs help picturing what half a pumpkin looks like, you can trace an outline of half a pumpkin with pencil as a general shape guide.
- While the paint is still wet, unfold the paper flat and then gently fold it the other way (like closing a book) so that the wet paint smears on the unpainted side of the paper and makes a picture of a whole pumpkin.
What you can talk about:
- Explain that when an object is symmetrical, it has exactly the same shape on both sides. If you draw a line down its middle, both halves will be the same.
- Discuss how your child’s painting is symmetrical.
- Discuss whether all pumpkins are symmetrical, and look in books or in real-life for examples of pumpkins that have grown lopsided.
- For extra fun, fold a sheet of orange construction paper in half, cut out the shape of half a pumpkin (with the center of the pumpkin in the paper’s fold), and unfold the paper to reveal a whole, symmetrical pumpkin.
Useful Pumpkin Painting Tools
Pumpkin Painting Stencils
Pumpkin Painting Patterns
Pumpkin Face Painting Kit
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