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Crafts for kids: Paper plate pumpkins

A great Halloween keepsake

by Shannon Hutton, M.Ed., M.P.A.  |  4383 views  |  1 comment  |        Rate this now! 

I love when my kids come home from school with artwork. Not only because it boosts their self-confidence when I proudly display it, but because, like photographs, the artwork is something tangible I can keep to remember different phases of their childhood. After it's hung on the wall, fridge or sliding glass door for awhile, I pack it away. However, seasonal artwork I bring out every year, just like my mom still hangs up the paper Santa mobile and macaroni wreath I made in elementary school.

So today I thought I'd share a Halloween craft my daughter made a couple years ago that I unpack and hang up every year at Halloween: the paper plate pumpkin. I like this Halloween craft not only because it's festive, but because it helps younger children learn their shapes.

To make paper plate pumpkins you need:
  • Orange paper plates (You can also color or paint a white plate.)
  • Black, brown and green construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Then have your kids do the following:

1.) Cut shapes out of the black construction paper to decorate the pumpkin's face. (My daughter cut 3 triangles for hair, 2 rectangles for the mouth, 2 hexagons for eyes, 2 semi-circles for ears and 1 circle for the nose. Be creative!)

2.) Glue the black shapes on the plate to create the pumpkin's face.

3.) Cut out a leaf from the green construction paper and glue it on the top.

4.) Cut a rectangle from the brown construction paper for the stem and glue it on the pumpkin.

Once your child has completed their paper plate pumpkin, put their name and date on the back so you're all set to hang it up every Halloween!

About the Author

Shannon Hutton is a certified School Counselor who counsels students on anger management, social skills, anxiety, divorce, self-esteem, study skills, impulsivity and bullying. She also shares fun kids crafts, coloring pages, easy recipes and simple project ideas at Seasonal Kids Activities and does cool giveaways at Momsational.

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