A typical field trip for pre-school and Kindergarten is to visit the pumpkin patch at St. Mark’s Church on 12th Ave. or one of the other pumkin sales going on at local churches. After a visit to the patch, children in K4, K5 or First Grade will enjoy making their own pumpkin decoration.
Fruit cups are a common snack in after school programs and school cafeterias. The plastic cups can be washed out and used to make this Halloween pumpkin.
The Jack-o-Lantern was first made from turnips. The pilgrims began using pumpkins when they came to America. The face is carved to be scary in order to keep the Devil away from your home. The candle inside represents the light of Christ, which sheds light upon your path, and keeps you from harm.
To make this decoration, you will need:
- Plastic fruit or applesauce cups
- Paint brush
- Red and yellow tempera paint
- Corrugated cardboard (6×6)
- All purpose glue
- Scraps of green construction paper
- Green pipe cleaner
- Color wheel
Black permanent marker or self-stick fun foam triangles.
This project will demonstrate how two primary colors can be mixed to make a new color. Begin by showing the color wheel and explaining what primary and secondary colors are.
Put about half a teaspoon each of yellow and red poster paint into each fruit cup. Demonstrate how to use a paint brush to mix the colors. A brush works like a broom. The bristles are used to push the paint around. A brush is not like a pencil or mop that is pressed down hard; it uses a light touch.
Paint the entire inside surface of the fruit cup. Cover the entire inside surface, but not the rim. Apply a line of all purpose glue to the rim, and set the cup on the cardboard square, rim down. Use a permanent marker or self-stick fun foam to make a face. (This is optional if the centerpiece is to represent fall harvest or Thanksgiving.)
Cut grass and leaves from scraps of green paper. Crumple, and glue around the fruit cup.
Wrap a pipe cleaner around a pencil to make a curled stem, and glue it to the center of the cup bottom.
The student painted the inside of the fruit cup.
The student glued the cup to cardboard.
The student cut paper to look like leaves and grass.
The student assembled all the parts.
A.1 variety of techniques and media
A.2 refinement/safe use of tools.
A.4 good craftsmanship
B.1 subjects, themes and symbols
C.1 art history and culture