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Mess Free Pumpkin Craft

Mess Free Pumpkin Craft

I am always looking for a variety of ways to engage my children. We enjoy doing lots of messy arts and crafts but sometimes you just want a nice and easy activity that isn't too messy but is still fun. With Halloween just around the corner I want to share with you a lovely activity I did with the boys today - Mess Free Painted Pumpkins.

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You will need:
Large Sandwich Bags
Black Card
White Card
Red and Yellow Paint
Laminating Pouches

Mess Free Pumpkin Craft

You may have seen the Paint Stick Pumpkin Sun Catchers we shared recently. I used the same template for this activity. 
I inserted a sheet of A4 Paper into a bag and added some yellow and red paint so we could explore the colours blending together to make orange. 
I sealed the bag up using sellotape, placed the laminated template on top of the bag and sellotaped it down onto the tray. 

Mess Free Pumpkin Craft

Sometimes when you set up Mess Free Painting activities like this children will pierce the bag with their hands/nails and the paint ends up seeping out of the bag, creating a messy activity - something you may have been trying to avoid for one reason or another. 

Pacing a laminated template onto of the bag gives the children a perfect window to the craft below. You can still feel the paint oozing underneath

Mess Free Pumpkin Craft

Initially they enjoyed seeing the paint ooze and spread underneath their fingers. I didn't show them what to do with the cars as I wanted to see if they would look at using them to mark make independently. 

Mess Free Pumpkin Craft

Sometimes we can be quick to show children how to do something. It can take the enjoyment away for a child who is more than capable of working things out all by themselves. 

Mess Free Pumpkin Craft

And that is exactly what they did. Zooming the cars and trucks over the paint left squiggly trails in the paint. They seemed intrigued by this and repeated the process over and over. I left the trays down for some time as they enjoyed returning back again and again. 

Mess Free Pumpkin Craft

I waited until their nap time to remove the carefully from the bags and place them out to dry. Once they were almost dry, I stuck them up on the window which highlighted the marks even more as the light hit the card from behind. 

Mess Free Pumpkin Craft

Once fully dry, I used the template I made to cut out a pumpkin shape. I had eyes and mouths cut out already. The following day the boys added the features to their pumpkins, along with a stork on the top. I must say what an absolutely enjoyable activity this has been. 

Mess Free Pumpkin Painting in Action:

They have loved this technique and I plan to offer similar activities for the upcoming festivities. 

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