Preschoolers love painting. They love gluing. They also love decorating pumpkins. I combined all three of those favorite things into one activity for the perfect activity to accompany any autumn, Halloween, or farm theme in preschool. The students were so happy to make tissue painted pumpkins during our harvest party.
We began with a plate of torn tissue paper. I tore the paper myself as I have found that three year olds tend to do more crumpling than tearing. The action of twisting the wrists in opposite directions in effort to tear a piece of paper is still very difficult for most preschoolers, especially young preschoolers.
I also gave each set of students a paper plate with liquid glue puddled on it, and a paint brush. The object was to use the glue to paint the pumpkins and add the tissue paper.
Students carefully smoothed down each e of tissue paper, which resulted in sticky fingers, but that was ok because while this project is just as much about the process as the product, the product is a beautiful addition to any centerpiece…or in our case, the small bowl or gourds that get carried around the house because they have turned into play things.