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 painted tissue paper mini pumpkins during our harvest party.
Painted Tissue Paper Mini Pumpkins for Preschoolers
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 an 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.
If you decide to try this painted tissue paper mini pumpkin activity with your preschoolers, I’d love to hear about it. Enjoy!
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction