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Carve Free Neon Painted Pumpkins

We've had a lovely day today. Autumn sunshine was a perfect invitation to head outdoors. We went out to the country park. The River Severn has bursts it's banks pretty badly so it was a real eye opener seeing that today. After 4 hours out and about in the autumnal sunshine we came back home. The pumpkins were all sitting on the shelf - waiting to be carved. I set this activity up for my daughter. Well I say set up - there is very little set up needed for these painted pumpkins. They're a great carve free alternative! They look incredible and it really is mesmerising watching the paint marble together. 

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The link to find the paint we used is at the bottom of this post. 

I couldn't wait to do this activity! Down came the box of paints and with a pop of the lids - we were ready to go! 
The tray we used I use often in our play set ups! It was great catching all the paint that was dropping off the pumpkin! We use it to house lots of our sensory activities. We have been using it for around 18 months now and I picked it up for around £12 from Home Sense. 

This is how the pumpkin was looking when she first started. As you can see the paint has started to fall but not really mix yet. As she added more layers at the top that's when things really started to take shape. She was in her element. Something so simple, yet really effective!

Lets see this activity in action:

We loved watching the paint pour down the pumpkin and drip down onto the tray. It was impossible to not get sucked in. You just had to stand and watch the paint marbelling together and falling gracefully. I would really recommend it for a calming activity. 

You could do this and allow the pumpkins to dry and then go on to carve them OR even better still you could carve them first. Carving first will stop the juice and slime from inside the pumpkin getting onto the paint and potentially removing some of it. 

Great quick and easy fun! How incredible does it look? My intention was to leave this one to try but she really wanted to get her hands on it. So she went on to mix the colours with her hands. 

What paint did we use? 

We were over the moon to be sent some paints to try out from Brian Clegg Art! We have used things by them before - I highly recommend their mess free paint sticks! They have been brilliant for quick and mess free crafting here when I don't want to get too much out. 

Once she was finished - we washed the pumpkin off and she requested to do it all over again. Because it was super easy and not much mess we managed to fit in another painted pumpkin before we ventured to Mom and Dads for our pumpkin carving night. The second one she did is currently still drying in the kitchen. I can't wait to share that one with you too! It's amazing!!

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