There’s no better party craft during October than having the kids paint their own pumpkins to take home. It’s a two-fer: a craft for them to do at the party and a great take home party favor that they’ll actually display and remember.
No dangerous knives and sloppy scooping out here– they’ll paint the faces on just like you see them selling at the market for a premium price. By one plain, unpainted pumpkin for each party goers, as big as your budget allows. Or, ask on your invitations that each child bring their own pumpkin. Be sure to request on your invite that each guest bring a smock or old t-shirt that can get yucky.
Use a pumpkin graphic such as you see here for your invitation– see yesterday’s post on superimposing your invitation wording on the graphic using just Word.
Have your craft table set up with your paints and brushes and paper towels and well covered for protection (or do it all outside in the nice autumn weather and the mess won’t be such a worry). Acrylic paints work best- here’s a great article describing everything you need for pumpkin painting. They do recommend cleaning the pumpkins ahead of time but I’m not sure you’ll want to seal them all and cover up all that lovely orange that makes them pumpkins in the first place.
Search for ‘pumpkin painting ideas’ and print out some pictures that might work as inspiration for your age kids to give them ideas for decorating their pumpkins. Provide some shaped stencils for mouths and eyes geared to your size pumpkins for those needing a little artistic assistance.
Clearly, the drink of the day would be cold or warm apple cider, perhaps accompanied by Dunkin’s pumpkin donuts.
Pumpkin painting makes a good autumn craft activity for kids old enough to handle the paints– age 9 and 10 is probably best but if your party group is artsy, perhaps younger.