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Learning about color mixing with an easy preschool pumpkin craft

Who doesn't like to make Jack O'lanterns and pumpkins at Halloween?  With this easy Halloween craft for preschool your students will learn about color mixing while making a fun pumpkin craft.

Create a fun jack o'lantern by mixing colored paint



To make these Jack O'Lanterns I have the kids cut out the pumpkin shape first, they could draw it or you could give them a printed out version.  You can print out a blank pumpkin here.
blank pumpkin outline for printing
After the shape has been cut out I have them hold out their hands and I put one drop of red and one drop of yellow in each hand.  I then tell the kids to put their hands together and mix around the paint and to their amazement it turns orange!  Just like magic!  I then have them finger paint the pumpkin, spreading the color all over the pumpkin.  It's a great way to start a discussion about creating color and how the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) mix together to create the secondary colors (orange, green, purple).




Fingerpaint craft for kids jack o lantern


Next we cut out shapes from black paper for the face and Voila, a jack o' lantern is done!
fingerpainting with kids to make pumpkin craft


For more fun Halloween ideas check out the links below:  (click on the photos)

math activity for kindergarten counting pumpkin seeds         Halloween fine motor center using tweezers to move erasers





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