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20 FUN Pumpkin Crafts for Kids!

Fall is here, so let’s dig into some fun and creative pumpkin crafts for kids! This list includes twenty EASY crafts and crafty activities that your kids will love.

20 fun and EASY pumpkin crafts for kids. This great list includes a variety of open-ended play opportunities as well as crafty decorations that will keep little fingers busy all through the fall! Click through for 20 great ideas! #fallcrafts #craftingwithkids #learningthroughplay

Fall is my favorite time of year. After that last September heat wave passes, it’s sweaters and hot apple cider for us!

Now, with all three kids preschool through elementary ages, I’ve found that a few crafty activities go a long way. Gotta keep those little hands busy and out of the cookie jar! (Well, around here they’re usually trying to sneak gum out of my purse, but that’s another post…)

So this year I’ve gone ahead and rounded up a few EASY crafts that your kids are sure to enjoy!

These links include some process art, like painting and playdough, that provide an opportunity for exploration and (slightly) messy creativity. You’ll also find a few simple decoration ideas that will fill your house with a little pumpkin flair throughout the fall holiday season.


I hope you have a lovely fall, and don’t miss our seasonal STEM activities & book recommendations!


1. Pumpkin Playdough Recipe

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Little hands love smushing and squeezing this pumpkin playdough! Recipe from Natural Beach Living.


2. Marbled Pumpkin Painting

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How fun are these marbled pumpkins? Easy to create with just a little nail polish! Find directions on Conservamom.


3. Apple Stamped Pumpkins

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Combine apples and pumpkins with this fun open-ended painting and stamping project from My Bored Toddler.


4. Pumpkin Invitation to Play

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Put that pumpkin dough to good use with this fun pumpkin-themed invitation to play from Little Bins for Little Hands.


5. Pumpkin Sewing Craft

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Great fine motor practice and an introduction to sewing simple shapes. Find directions for creating your own pumpkin sewing craft on Coffee and Carpool.


6. Interactive Pumpkin Centerpiece

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This is such a sweet idea. Take those unused Halloween pumpkins and turn them into beautiful and meaningful Thanksgiving centerpieces. Directions can be found on Burlap and Blue.


7. Painting with Pumpkins

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Have a lot of little pumpkins hanging around? Use them in a new and exciting way to create your own pumpkin painted masterpiece! Great idea from My Bored Toddler.


8. Quilted Pumpkins Paper Craft

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These quilted paper pumpkins look complicated, but are very simple to make and SO CUTE! Find the directions on The Inspiration Edit.


9. Pumpkin Jar Craft

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Create these fun little pumpkin jars with or without jack-o-lantern faces to create a fun mantle display for Halloween or Thanksgiving! Simple directions from New Mom at 40.


10. Pumpkin Salt Painting

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Salt painting is so much fun for little ones, and older kids can create some beautiful and intricate designs. Find directions for pumpkin salt painting over on Natural Beach Living.


11. Paper Bag Pumpkins

These paper bag pumpkins turn out so cute, and are easy to make with materials that you can find around your home. Find directions and examples over on Mess for Less.


12. Origami Pumpkin Garland

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Have a kid who love making paper airplanes? I sure do! Use (or develop) those paper folding skills when you create this cute origami pumpkin garland. Find directions over on My Poppet.


13. Reversible Yarn Wrapped Pumpkin Garland Craft

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You’ll love this 3 in 1 craft – Halloween and Thanksgiving garland plus excellent fine motor practice. Find directions for these reversible, yarn-wrapped pumpkins on Red Ted Art.


14. Melted Crayon Pumpkins

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Experiment with color and put your old, broken crayons to good use when you create melted crayon pumpkins. Find simple directions from Mom Brite.


15. Pumpkin Potato Stamping Art

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Can’t eat all 5 lbs of those sale potatoes? Put them to good use with this creative pumpkin stamping project from Natural Beach Living.


16. Puffy Paint Pumpkins

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Mix paint and natural materials with this fun and only slightly messy pumpkin puffy paint project from Emma Owl.


17. 3D Paper Pumpkin Craft

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A fun and cool decorative project that can be used as garland, centerpieces, or mantel decoration for fall! Find the directions for these cool 3D paper pumpkins on New Mom at 40.


18. Finger Painting Pumpkins

There’s nothing more fun for little hands than finger painting! A great no-carve alternative for decorating pumpkins from Mom Dot Com.


19. Pumpkin Sun Catchers

Create these pumpkin sun catchers with or without jack-o-lantern faces to cast a warm glow on your home this fall. Easy directions from Learning and Exploring Through Play.


20. Toque Pumpkin Craft

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A deceptively simple pumpkin craft that turns into a truly beautiful keepsake that you will be happy to pull out year after year! Find direction for these warm and fuzzy toque pumpkins on Sustain my Craft Habit.


Where to go next?

20 fun and EASY pumpkin crafts for kids. This great list includes a variety of open-ended play opportunities as well as crafty decorations that will keep little fingers busy all through the fall! Click through for 20 great ideas! #fallcrafts #craftingwithkids #learningthroughplay

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