Small children may find making a jack-o-lantern too hard, so we came up with a way that they could join in too. Pumpkin paper plates!  It’s important for children to have fun when participating in these sorts of activities, for them to give it a go, even though their final article may not be perfect!

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You will need:

  • Paper plates
  • Black paper
  • Paint
  • Scissors 

pumpkin paper plates

Using paper plates I squirted the red and yellow paint directly onto them, that way they can see how mixing certain colours gives you a different colour (plus it saves on clearing up).

pumpkin paper plates

I had previously cut out different shapes from the blackpaper to use for eyes, nose and mouths.  While the paint was still wet they chose what they wanted and where they wanted to put it.  Then they used the PVA glue to stick them down.

As a finishing touch we outlined some of the black shapes with glue in the dark paint to make them stand out when it is dark, just like a real jack-o-latern.

pumpkin paper plates

If you enjoyed these pumpkin paper plates make sure you check out my ghost leaves and hanging bats craft.

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An easy Halloween craft for toddlers and pre-schoolers in this pumpkin paper plate.