I’ve been looking for a fun Halloween craft that wouldn’t be too messy or labor intensive for my afternoon exhausted big kids. As usual, Nurture Store had just the thing. Scissor Skills Pumpkins!
I loved these because they are cute and the kids could do them in the living room with no real mess or fuss. While they were watching TV I made dotted lines down orange paper to help Jax and Em cut the paper into strips. Then I asked them to cut down the dotted lines (dotted so they were less likely to show up with any inevitable errors in the cutting). Em gave this project her full attention; Jax did not. Typical.
Hence Jax’s strips are a little…shall we say…asymmetrical. And this was after I helped clean them up a bit. Again I say, typical Jax.
Then you take all your strips and put them in a star shape with the help of a brass brad to hold them together. Then you cut out a little green stem out of green paper and have your little helpers curve the strips to create a spherical shape pumpkin. Secure the top with another brad. Make sure the paper stem is on top.
Finally, let your kids make jack-o-lantern faces and voila! A festive decoration that they didn’t even realize was helping improve their fine motor skills. And cooperation skills, too, because this was definitely a group effort.
Well done, my little pumpkins!