Monday, October 18, 2010

Paper Bag Pumpkin

This is a traditional preschool project but fun nonetheless. I went ahead and stuffed the bag and tied it off without Jake's help. I wanted him to 'see' it as a pumpkin rather than a stuffed bag. Then I pulled the supplies together so that once the paint was exposed there would be no mishaps! (HA, that is what I thought!)
I did forget one important supply, BABY WIPES! These are essential! The paint is water based so the baby wipes are perfect to get paint off of; hands, clothes and furniture, in a hurry. DO NOT FORGET THE WIPES!
Jake jumped right in and began painting. Like most children he loves to paint. I learned after last time to just put a little bit of paint down at at a time. That way things do not get out of control. 
He did a great job painting the "ummmmmm," his new name for pumpkin. After we roasted the pumpkin he calls them ummmms guess he liked it! :) And it is an improvement over ball! When we are on our walks and he sees a pumpkin he says, "ummm, ummm, ummm!" Love that kiddo!
The pumpkin bag turned out pretty cute. He did not paint the bag completely but he surely got the idea. The paint made a mess but that is part of a toddler's job and part of the process. Plus he learns an important skill, cleaning up! We now have the pumpkin out as part of our Fall decorations. Whenever he sees it he says, "ummm!" 


  1. I had my son glue shapes of a face on to his. (He is almost 2 1/2 though) but I got the idea from another post on your blog when you were talking about having your son put eyes, nose, mouth, etc. on the pumpkin. So thanks for that!

  2. Great idea Jackie! That is a good way to take the activity to the next level. We are not there yet but I am happy that you were able to use this activity and make it relevant to your child! Happy play!


Site Meter