The younger group (aged 3 – 4) were given a sheet of paper with a pre-drawn circle outline to cut around, while the older children (aged 4.5 – 6) drew their own pumpkin shapes and cut them out carefully. Then I provided orange, yellow and brown paint, which was sponged all over the pumpkin shape, allowing the colours to blend on the paper to create texture.
The next task was to create a glowing face for each Jack-o-‘Lantern. I provided a selection of paper shapes – triangles, circles, semi-circles and rectangles – pre-cut from yellow paper, which the children arranged to make their own scary or funny face! Some of the older children wanted to draw their own eye, nose and mouth shapes and then cut them out from yellow paper. Everyone also tore a piece of brown parcel paper to make a stalk.
Finally, the kids had lots of fun creating spider webs for the background. I placed a sheet of black paper inside a plastic tray, and then a marble covered with white paint was dropped onto the paper surface and the children had to roll it around, left and right, up and down the paper, to create a web of lines. A sprinkle of glitter was added to give some sparkle.
Every child’s Jack-o’-Lantern was different – some cute, some funny, and some just plain terrifying!