Halloween is nearly here once more, and if you’re like many people, you’ll be making a visit to a pumpkin patch. Half the fun of going to the pumpkin patch is the thrill of the hunt. Children of all ages enjoy picking out their very own pumpkin that will make a fantastic centerpiece for your home.
Preparing for Carving or Decorating
Once you have your pumpkin at home, children can first clean and polish to prepare the surface for decorating. All you will need is a scrub brush (an old tooth brush works well), a small pail for soap and water, and a hand towel for polishing. This practical life activity is a favorite among the Montessori Tides classrooms and can be an esteemed activity in your home during this Harvest Holiday!
Decorating Your Pumpkin
Pumpkins are very versatile and can be carved or painted in any number of ways. These are the two basic approaches you can take to decorating your pumpkin. The first is to carve a face or other Halloween design into the flesh, and the second is to paint the pumpkins surface. Of course, you can always embellish it further by combining these approaches, and producing a more ornate and different pumpkin!
Carving Your Pumpkin
Halloween pumpkins are usually carved, so they can be used as lanterns. To keep your lantern from spoiling, The Seaside Playgardens shared a fun science experiment. “After you scoop the goop out of your pumpkin, but before you carve it’s face… Add 1c vinegar, a squirt of dish-washing soap, 2 drops of food coloring, and then 1/2 c baking soda. Stand back!! The inside of your pumpkin has had a nice vinegar bath and is ready for carving. The vinegar bath will prevent spoiling.” Save the seeds for baking!
Painting Your Pumpkin
Painted Halloween pumpkins are not as common as the carved option, but are becoming increasingly popular among young children, as – unlike with carved pumpkins – they can create their own pumpkin designs very safely and with minimal assistance. Not to mention, painting your pumpkin gives more flexibility than carving it, and guaranteed to get a stunning reaction. Here’s a link to give you some inspiration to create alongside your child.
Embellishing Your Pumpkin Further