These Jack O’Lantern Chains are one of our favorite easy Halloween crafts for kids! Find more fun Halloween crafts linked at the end of the post. You may also enjoy this collection of Halloween activities for preschoolers.
Easy Halloween Crafts: Pumpkin Jack O’ Lantern Chains
My kids had a fantastic time with these paper doll chain-inspired pumpkin Jack O’ Lantern cutouts, and I think they make a simple, fun Halloween activity!
This is a wonderful companion activity for Five Little Pumpkins. I had the pumpkins cut out and waiting for them when they got home from school. I drew the first row to give them the idea. Six-year-old Emma promptly sat down and decorated the middle row of pumpkins pictured above:
Four-year-old Johnny drew the bottom row of the top photo, as well as several others – this was especially a hit with him!
Three-year-old Lily was originally busy with a different activity, but she soon put that away so that she could join her brother and sister:
I adore Lily’s completed row of very happy pumpkins :)
Drawing the faces on the pumpkins and looking at the ones I drew was a great way to talk to the kids about different emotions. We talked about what causes emotions, and how to express how you’re feeling. My kids experience some pretty intense emotions, and talking about them helps a lot. Who knew Halloween offered such a great opportunity to work on emotional intelligence with kids?!
Emma asked what the pumpkins were called, and I said they were paper doll chain pumpkins. She decided that paper doll pumpkins needed some clothes, so she cut one chain into individual pumpkins, and traced around them to create various outfits:
Johnny kept his pumpkins in chains, but he created this carry case and house for them!
Watching my kids extend an activity like this in new creative directions always makes me happy! I think we’ve found a new favorite Halloween craft – do you have one?