Trick or treat around the curriculum with Halloween-inspired lesson plans and projects for math, science, reading, and writing.
Expressive Pumpkins Craft Project
Students decide if their pumpkin creations should be spooky, silly, or serious in this fun fall project.
PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
Students will gain practice in several art skills, including drawing, tracing, and painting.
What You Need:
- Thick white paper, one 11- by 14-inch piece per student. The paper should be appropriate for watercolor painting.
- Black crayons
- Watercolor paints in orange, brown, yellow, and black
- White and black paper
What You Do:
- Have students place their 11- by 14-inch piece of the white paper horizontally across their workspace. Next, using a pencil, they should draw three pumpkins on the paper. You might direct them to have the pumpkins overlap (as they do in the photos), and to begin with a large pumpkin in the middle and smaller pumpkins to the sides.
- Once their drawing is finished, students should darken the pencil drawings using a black crayon.
- Students paint their illustrations with watercolor paints.
- Tell students to think about what kind of expressions their pumpkins will have. Will they be scary? Happy? Serious?
- On the black and white paper, have children draw different sized mouths, noses, eyes, and teeth for each pumpkin, then cut them out.
- Have children glue the faces to the pumpkins.