Easy Pumpkin Crafts for Kids

Easy pumpkin crafts for kids

Today I’m sharing two easy¬†pumpkin crafts for kids Lily brought home from kindergarten last year. I love these two crafts because they are quick and easy and also because they are crafts that kids can enjoy making. I also added some of our favorite pumpkin-themed picture books to the end of this post.

Easy Pumpkin Crafts for Kids

The pumpkin featured above was made by painting a large piece of paper orange and yellow and then cutting out the pumpkin shape once it was dry. Then Lily used crumpled tissue paper to make a face and glued it onto a larger sheet of black paper.

Using pumpkins to explore emotions and other easy pumpkin crafts for kids

This second emotions pumpkin drawing reminds me of the Jack O’ Lantern pumpkin chains I make with the kids! Lily drew a happy pumpkin, a sad pumpkin, a scared pumpkin, and an angry pumpkin. I think she got the facial expressions just right!

Pumpkin themed picture books

Here are some fun picture books to go along with these activities (affiliate links):

Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin? is all of my children’s favorite Halloween book! It is easy to love Karen Katz’s adorable illustrations in this hide and find lift the flap book.


Pumpkin Jack is a great way to introduce children to the life cycle of a pumpkin.

The Ugly Pumpkin is a clever re-telling of The Ugly Duckling.

Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch is a wonderful book to read with your baby, toddler, or preschooler before visiting a pumpkin patch. My early readers also love this cute puppy and his friends.

My kids love this illustrated board book edition of the Five Little Pumpkins classic rhyme.

Are you carving pumpkins or making any pumpkin recipes this fall? We will definitely be making my personal favorite, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! We will have to wait until the last minute to carve pumpkins because it is so warm here in October and our local squirrels eat EVERYTHING.

Do you have a book or craft that my kids and I would enjoy that I should add to this list?

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

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