Toddler-Friendly Pumpkin Decorating (No Carving Necessary!)
Carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns is a wonderful Halloween tradition for older kids, complete with gooey fingers and creative designs. But what about toddlers who aren’t quite ready for carving? Here are four no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas that are fun, festive and perfect for your littlest trick-or-treaters.
This toddler-friendly pumpkin decorating idea has endless variations. Start this one a week or two before Halloween, and enjoy all the creations your child comes up with. Prepare by wiping a pumpkin down with a damp rag to get rid of any dirt. Then spray the entire surface with chalkboard spray paint. Let it dry for at least 24 hours, then let the artwork begin!
Let your toddler draw ghosts, witches, cats, goblins, jack-o-lanterns or any other spooky Halloween scenes that come to mind. And when he wants to do something else, simply wipe the surface clean and start over.
Make an adorable mummy pumpkin (or an whole family of mummies!) with this simple Halloween craft. Take a roll of medical gauze and cut it in half lengthwise. Hot glue one end of the gauze to a pumpkin, and have a blast spinning it around and around, covering the entire surface. Glue down the other end of the gauze to secure the mummy wrappings. Decorate your mummy with googly eyes, a mouth, a nose or whatever features you like.
This no-carve pumpkin craft adds a bit of silliness and sophistication to your Halloween decorations. Draw mustaches on black felt or craft foam (or download a template to trace), and cut them out. Decorate them with glitter or puffy paint for some extra pizzazz, then pin or hot glue them to your pumpkins. Add hats, faces or other festive accessories if you wish.
Why pick just one look for your pumpkins when you can experiment with lots of styles? Give your toddler several different colors of homemade or store-bought play dough. She can make eyes, eyebrows, noses, mouths, hair, ears, etc. from the dough and stick each feature right on the pumpkin. Then let her press sequins, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, buttons, feathers or other decorations into the dough for extra flair.