Make tissue paper pumpkin art – you won’t be disappointed.
I initially thought this tissue paper pumpkin art would be a hit with my three-year-old. The unexpected was that he dipped out, and my five-year-old and almost seven-year-old swooped right in!
They were both determined to complete the pumpkin project to its fullest, and now it is hanging on our door. Fall decor win!
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Pumpkin art behind the scenes
For the first time in a while, my kitchen was quiet.
My five and almost seven-year-old went from wrestling to painting with glue. I would call it a miracle, but art does that.
Art can instantly change the mood and encourage kids to work out emotions through creativity.
This is one of the many reasons we have art prompts on our big kid activity cards you can keep at home.
Encouraging art at home does a lot for child development
- Appeals to all of the senses
- Encourages a growth mindset
- Helps children learn how to focus
- Increases self-esteem
- Inspires imagination and creativity
- Provides an opportunity for open-ended play
Keep easy art ideas like this and Glue the Fall Leaves in your back pocket for long days at home. We enjoy art activities so much and put together this list of 50 art activities for kids to highlight our favorites.
Read this professional article from the naeyc about how process-focused art experiences support preschoolers. It sums up the importance of exposing young children to art experiences both at home and in school.
The art process here is simple.
With most painting activities for kids, we aim for a good amount of water. For this activity, we want to use a modest amount of water.
How to make the glue mixture:
I mixed liquid glue with water at a 75/25 (ish) ratio.
It was just enough to keep the glue gooey. The idea is to place the tissue paper on the pumpkin and then brush over it with the glue/water mixture.
PRO TIP: We don’t want too much water on the brush as they create.
Too much water will cause the paper to crumple. This is why my three-year-old decided to leave. He didn’t yet have the patience for the tissue paper to hold steady as he pants. Your three-year-old may! Try it and see what happens. Every child is different.
Craft supplies like glue, white paper, and paintbrushes are something we like to keep on hand. This way, when we think of an art idea, we can run with it knowing we have what we need.
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I picked these supplies because I love the way two colors of tissue paper blend together. There is something magical about seeing different shades of orange and yellow appear by varying the amount of tissue paper used.
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- Cardboard box or mat
- Chubby paintbrushes
- Large white paper
- Liquid glue
- Tissue paper
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Setting up tissue paper pumpkin art
- Set the paper on a piece of cardboard or mat. This will help absorb the extra water.
- Rip up orange and yellow tissue paper. – Any size or shape will work! Have your kids help!
- Make the glue mixture by adding water.
- Place paintbrushes next to each workstation and invite children to begin.
This pumpkin art activity is just one of the 50+ fall activities listed here that you’ll want to check out.
I was pleasantly surprised how this easy fall art activity captivated my big kids’ attention!
The bonus is it turned out cuter and brighter than something we may have found at Home Goods.
When you are finished using the box you painted on, switch gears and create this fun spooky track using your Halloween decorations.
Now, who’s ready to paint? Here’s a terrific introduction to how to paint with kids.
The paper may rip if you use too much water with the glue. Test your mixture to make sure it is thick before applying it to the artwork. If the paper does rip, move it to a different section and allow it to dry. You can cover the tear with more tissue paper after it dries.
We have three main areas for our children’s artwork. 1. The kitchen 2. The child’s bedroom or bedroom door 3. The recycle bin. Sometimes art projects are meant to be kept, and sometimes they have a shorter hang cycle. I enjoy my kid’s art, but we simply cannot keep everything.
I put together this list of 50 fall activities for preschoolers to have everything organized in one place.