COFFEE FILTER PUMPKINS
|Let your children fold round coffee filters
into fourths and dip the edges into slightly diluted red
food coloring, then into yellow food coloring. Have them
continue folding and dipping until their filters are covered
with red, yellow, and orange designs. Allow the "pumpkins"
to dry flat. Then help the children mount their pumpkins
on white paper and add green marker stems.
Invite your children to dip carrot rounds or corks into
orange paint and make "pumpkin" prints on pieces
of paper. When the paint has dried, have the children
use green crayons or markers to connect their pumpkins
with leafy vines.
Give each child a 3-inch circle and four 1-by-4-inch strips
cut from orange construction paper. Have the children
draw jack-o'-lantern faces on their circles. Then have
them fold their paper strips accordion-style and tape
them to their pumpkin faces for arms and legs. Attach
a craft stick handle to each puppet, and encourage puppet
playtime to begin!
Collect pumpkins of various sizes. Then try these ideas
with your children.