Printed Pumpkins for Halloween

Toddler printed pumpkinWe seem to be doing a lot of printing at toddler group at the moment but the children don’t seem to mind and they’re starting to get to know what to do. Repetition is a good thing at this age.

Out came the polystyrene pizza trays again so we could print large orange disks onto our paper. I squeezed some red and yellow paint onto the polystyrene disks and asked them to spread the paint all over the disk and right to the edges with a large paint brush. By doing this the children saw the colours change from red and yellow to orange. Magic!

Toddler pumpkin pictureThen, we turned over our disks and pressed down hard, slowly peeled back the tray to reveal our pumpkin. The children then decorated their pumpkins with black and bronze glitter – that was messy, but fun – and glued on black paper squares, triangles, rectangles and lines to create their scary pumpkin faces.


Mum Getting Involved
A couple of years ago I went to a conference and there was lots of talk about parents interfering while the children were making their artwork so it ended up not being the children’s work at all. There was much debate on how to stop the adults getting involved too much. A tricky one without causing offense.

I’m very much in favour of letting the child do all the work as it’s the process of making that’s important and not the end product. That said, some children need some encouragement to get going. And, if the child has never used the materials before then will need a little guidance on what to do.

Mum pumpkinboy pumpkin


Today, for instance, a mum came along with her little boy who wasn’t that interested in doing a picture but she wanted him to try. In the end she made most of it herself. However, about 10 minutes after they’d finished they were back, and this time the little boy did all the work. Now that’s what I call a result.

First PaintingAnother little boy about 18 months old picked up a paint brush for the very first time. So I fetched him some paint and showed him how to brush the paper. Gran then encouraged him to pat the paper with his brush which he loved. Another fantastic result!

So, it’s getting a balance between encouragement and taking over and we can only learn where the line is by experimenting with the process.

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