I recently found myself at home with two children for two weeks of fall break and no plans. I mean, we had a few plans but they were scattered throughout the break and because I believe in real breaks, I didn’t want to schedule their time off down to the minute.
But that meant we had a lot of down time. A lot. And if I didn’t want them to spend it all on screens, I had to come up with something. And don’t worry, there were still plenty of screens.
We decided to do lots of crafts over the time off and everyone loved it. My boys have always been hot and cold when it comes to crafts, so I really didn’t plan ahead at first. Our first craft of the week is what I like to call the easiest paper pumpkin craft ever.
Because it is.
Paper Pumpkin Craft Supplies
- White Paper
- Orange Paper
- Green Paper
- Black Paper
- Black Marker
- Glue Stick
I drew a pumpkin on the white paper and let the boys go to town cutting it out. Cutting, as I have learned, is a great way to extend the length of a craft. Most kids in kindergarten and up can cut their own shapes. Let them!
You spend that time sipping coffee, do a little reading. No judgment here. Clink.
If you don’t want to draw your pumpkin, here print mine! More coffee for you.
We had some school announcements that came home on orange paper. It was perfect for this so once the pumpkins were cut, I told the kids to rip that paper up! They were confused. It was fun.
Then it was time to glue the pieces on and add the green stem with glue. Glue sticks! Who doesn’t love a glue stick? Seriously, even I wanted to do it. It’s the simple things.
When the pumpkins were done, Oscar had the great idea to make them jack-o-lanterns. Why not? I said, feeling like mom-of-the-year. Tape them to your doors? Yes!
It was going to be a great fall break. We had breakfast, I drank coffee, the boys made a pumpkin craft and it was already 8:56am. Only 2 more weeks to go!
Want more? Check out these 5 Easy Thanksgiving Crafts to make with Kids. Crafts for everyone!