Wednesday, October 12, 2011

"Five Little Pumpkins" Craft

I am super excited about the craft we did today to go along with the book Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach. This is a pretty popular Halloween story that is the well-known Five Little Pumpkins rhyming finger play in story version. I felt like it's more of a 3yr old book, but we read it pointing to each word and my boys were able to read along with me after reading through it several times. Regardless of it being a simple book for them, it is a fun rhyme that they enjoyed.

The basis of our craft is found on the first page when the five pumpkins are sitting on the gate. I picked up this book at the library last week knowing I wanted to do a craft with it, but wasn't sure just what to do. Then a couple days ago I saw a pin on Pinterest from and I jumped with delight because it was one of those "over the top" crafts that I adore and I knew it was exactly what I was looking for.

I intended on posting a tutorial but once we got involved in the project I realized how INVOLVED it was and decided to just leave you with the link to the one that I used. It took us a couple hours to complete our artwork, but look how cute our pumpkins on a fence turned out.

Andy's Artwork

Close up of his pumpkins. He chose to use markers to decorate his, which I ultimately decided was easier than trying to use crayons to make details on the small pumpkin heads.

Luke's Artwork 

He used crayons like me and his pumpkins are....SCARY! 

My Artwork 

I tried to mimic the pumpkins in the actual story. Like I said, it was hard to use the crayons but I think they turned out pretty cute.

For the background we tried out watercolor salt painting. I had actually never heard of it before, and I tried a Google search of how to do it, but not much came up. We basically just used blue and purple watercolor paints to paint the paper and as we went along we sprinkled salt on the paper when it was still very wet. I didn't get quite the starry texture that the tutorial showed so maybe I did it wrong, who knows. If you've used this technique before, I'd love to hear how you did it. Once the artwork was all the way put together I do think the background still had a nice texture and was glad we used the salt.

I also wanted to mention that I drew the pumpkins and the boys cut them out themselves. Luke needed a little help with the hill background so I drew the hill on the paper and then he easily cut it out himself. Both the boys had a go at cutting out their own leaves, and then I gave then some I cut out as well. Also, both boys were able to make the cuts in the rectangle pieces for the grass. There was a lot of cutting practice in this project making it perfect for a preschooler.

One more hint before I go, TACKY GLUE! Using tacky glue for our sticks and pumpkins worked perfectly because it is thicker than school glue and dries a lot faster. This helped everything stick into place nicely without any fuss with so many different layers going on. We used a glue stick for everything else.

Happy Crafting!!

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