Preschool Pumpkin Craft Ideas

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Halloween is right around the corner, and we have some preschool pumpkin craft suggestions for you and your little one to embrace the holiday. These activities provide fine motor skill practice including tying knots and bows (which will come in handy for shoelace-tying later on)!

Jack-o-Lantern Lacing


  • Wool or ribbon
  • Single hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Card stock or poster board


  1. ADULT: Print a Jack-o-Lantern template here.
  2. Allow the children to trace the template onto a piece of card stock or poster board.
  3. ADULT: Cut out their card stock shapes.
  4. ADULT: Punch holes around their shape (about an inch or two apart).
  5. Provide the children with a length of wool or ribbon and have children thread through the holes (you can wrap some scotch tape around the end of the wool to make it more like a shoe lace).
  6. Practice tying knots and/or bows to tie off in the center.
  7. Let the children use glitter, paint or stickers to further decorate their project.

Pumpkin Face Mask


  • Paper plate
  • Orange paint, construction paper, or marker
  • Black paint, construction paper, or marker
  • Green construction paper
  • Popsicle stick or craft stick
  • Glue or tape


  1. Allow children to paint or color the paper plate orange, or glue orange construction paper onto it (rip approximately 1 inch squares of paper and glue them on with a mixture of ½ water and ½ children’s white glue).
  2. Let dry.
  3. Allow children to paint, color, or glue on black mouth and nose (after an adult cuts shapes).
  4. Allow children to place green stem at top (after adult cuts shape).
  5. ADULT: Cut out triangular eyeholes.
  6. Allow child to glue or tape popsicle stick or craft stem.

Pumpkin Treat Carton


  • An empty 2 liter (or ½ gallon) milk carton
  • Black construction paper
  • Orange construction paper
  • Green construction paper
  • Glue or tape
  • Scissors


  1. ADULT: Cut out two triangular eyes, a triangular nose, and a mouth from black construction paper.
  2. ADULT: Cut leaves from green construction paper.
  3. ADULT: Cut off the top of a milk carton and discard. (You can cut off as much as you’d like…it depends on how tall you want your container to be).
  4. Allow the children to cover the carton with orange construction paper (it takes about two pieces) and glue/tape.
  5. Allow children to tape or glue the eyes, nose, mouth, and leaves onto the front.
  6. ADULT: Cut out a strip of construction paper about 10 inches long and glue to the sides of the container to use as a handle.


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