Follow along to make a Pumpkin Paper Plate craft with kids. The directions include an optional design to teach children about what’s inside a pumpkin to teach them the life cycle of a pumpkin and how pumpkins grow.
With a few craft supplies kids can learn about the inside of a pumpkin while creating a cute fall or Halloween time craft. We hung ours up on the fridge but as you can see in the pictures to follow, they look great on a window because they catch the sun and look like they are glowing while helping kids remember what is inside a pumpkin.
If you have a pumpkin on hand it is always fun for kids to experience things first hand, so don’t be afraid to cut into your pumpkin in the name of learning and science even though it may not be Halloween yet. My kids loved scooping the inside of their pumpkins clean and feeling the slimy fibrous strands and smooth seeds. To go along with this activity we also colored, cut, and labeled a pumpkin using our Free Parts of a Pumpkin Printable to help us learn pumpkin terminology.
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Pumpkin Paper Plate Craft
Orange Tissue Paper-affiliate link
Paper Plates -affiliate link (We used the nice paper plates that hold shape for this craft, and saved our flimsy paper plates for later)
Clear Contact Paper-affiliate link
Pumpkin seeds (clean and dry)
Pieces of yarn
Green and brown craft paper
Tape or stapler
Cut out a circle inside the paper plate. Cut the top and bottom to make a pumpkin shape.
Have child paint the back of the paper plate orange and set aside to dry.
Cut out a piece of contact paper that can cover the circle. Don’t remove the contact paper backing yet. Place the paper plate on the table with the painted side facing down. Place the contact paper inside the paper plate so the sticky side is facing up towards you. Remove the backing and secure the contact paper with tape or stapler.
Have child stick pumpkin seeds on the contact paper.
Have child stick pieces of yarn on the contact paper for the fibrous strands that are inside pumpkins.
Have child place a piece of orange tissue paper to secure the seeds and yarn.
Have child cut a stem out of brown paper and a leaf out of green paper and secure it to the top of the pumpkin with tape or stapler.
Here is what our pumpkins look like near the window. I love how the tissue paper seems to glow.
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