Crafting with toddlers and preschoolers can be a bit of an adventure, but it is great for their fine motor development and can kill major chunks of time with no tv involved. This one is crazy easy, turns out really cute and festive, and will give you about 20 minutes of peaceful fine motor practice. Go for it. Everybody needs a festive pumpkin to hang on the fridge, and your little one will be so proud of their handiwork.
construction paper or cards tock
one sheet of orange tissue paper
glue stick or spray adhesive
1) Trace a basic pumpkin shape on to your card stock or construction paper and cut it, or just cut it out freehand with scissors. It doesn’t need to be perfect. An oval with a stem will do.
2) Let your toddler tear the tissue paper up in to tiny pieces. Really let them get in to it. To contain this part of the process I put Bear in his art box and let him go to town. He LOVED it.
3) Spray your pumpkin shape with a light coat of spray adhesive or cover with your glue stick. I recommend the spray because it won’t get your little one sticky and holds the tissue very effectively.
4) Show your wee one how to stick the pieces of tissue on to the pumpkin. Encourage them to cover the whole thing. Back away slowly and watch them work.
5) Take a photo of your babe with the finished product and then pat yourself on the back. Craft accomplished. Mischief managed.
What’s your favorite fall craft for little ones?