Today my boys went to their first discovery class at our local children's museum. Today's class was all about pumpkins. They learned about pumpkins, heard a story about pumpkins, made a pumpkin craft, and got to bring home a miniature pumpkin to decorate! If you haven't already, check out your local's children's museum. Ours offers classes for 4-6 year olds twice monthly, and the cost is $6 per class.
The craft my boys got to make today was a paper bag pumpkin. They are very cute and were very easy to make. For this craft you will need:
- Paper lunch bag
- Black construction paper
- Green construction paper
- Green pipe cleaner
- Orange crayon
- Hole punch
- Glue stick
You will need to do some preparation before your child puts the pumpkin together. Cut two leaves out of green construction paper and use the hole punch to punch a hole at the top of each leaf.
Cut a piece of green pipe cleaner into a length of approximately 6-8 inches. Cut pumpkin eyes, nose, and mouth out of black construction paper.
Now your child can join in on the project. Have him or her use the glue stick to glue the face pieces on the front of the paper bag. Let him use the orange crayon to color the paper bag.
Help your child wad up some small pieces of newspaper to stuff in the bag. Lightly stuff the bag, leaving approximately 2 inches free at the top of the bag.
Next fold the pipe cleaner in half and twist it around the top end of the paper bag. Place one leaf on each end of the pipe cleaner, threading the pipe cleaner through the holes in the leaves. Gently twist the end of each pipe cleaner to look like a pumpkin vine. That's it!
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