We all love the brisk, cool weather of autumn. The days are filled with golden light and kids destroying your nice and neat pile of freshly raked leaves. You probably think there's no reason to stay indoors doing a pumpkin prints art project with the kids.
But sometimes the weather is just a bit too crisp, you know what I mean? On those days, it is handy to have an easy autumn activity to fall back on, especially if that activity is pumpkin related.
Let me introduce you to our absolute favorite fall art project: mini pumpkin prints.
It's so simple and once you have it set up the kids need very little supervision. Unless, of course, they start printing surfaces other than paper. Then you are on your own.
We bought a few mini-pumpkins on our way home from our birding trip to the park and when we go home sliced them in half.
I covered the entire table with paper from a large roll. The boys chose a few autumnal themed colors, but of course you could choose pink and purple sparkly paints if you wish. Why limit yourself? Squirt out the paint onto a plate so you have a nice flat surface and stamp away!
As you can see below, the boys also decided to print with the whole pumpkins. Either way is fine!
For variety, add in a few carrots with the tops sliced off, to make nice circles.
When we were done I ended up hanging the large sheet of now-decorated paper above the table on our empty wall. It makes some lovely seasonal artwork that adds a bit of autumn cheer to the apartment.
The printing might also inspire some more traditional pumpkin painting like this gem. Be sure to look closely at the moon.