Pumpkin Fun with Washi Tape

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Here’s a great for even little kids to help decorate pumpkins, since there are no carving knives required.

I had a pack of decorative washi tape that’s been sitting around forever, so I pulled out all the rolls and broke off pieces of the various colors, arranging them around the sides of a craft tray.

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In this way, I figured Veronika would be able to grab a piece and stick on a pumpkin (we used white ones!) without constantly needing me to rip a new piece for her.

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Sure enough, she set to work right away.

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Through trial and error, we determined tricks for how best to washi tape a pumpkin. At first, the pumpkins were a little wet from having rinsed the dirt off, which meant the tape didn’t stick well. So make sure your pumpkins are dry!

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We also discovered that the edges of small tape pieces would curl up; long strips wrapped from stem to bottom worked best. At a certain point, I took over, but Veronika was an eager helper!

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This was a great even-a-toddler-can-do-it way to decorate pumpkins.

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Halloween Countdown Day 6: Paint with Pumpkins

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We’ll be doing lots of pumpkin decorating now that Halloween is fast approaching, but for today’s build up to the big fright night, it was time to paint not on a pumpkin, but with a pumpkin!

Yup, pumpkins can be your “brush”, instead of just your canvas. I rolled out a big piece of craft paper and set out a tray with all the colors we’re seeing outside right now: orange, yellow, red, and green.

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I showed Veronika how to hold a mini pumpkin by the stem, dip it in the paint, and then press onto the paper.

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“Let’s try yellow!” she said.

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“Let’s  try orange!”

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Because she had seated herself squarely in the middle of the craft paper, she soon had pumpkin marks all around her, just like a little pumpkin patch!

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You can also roll the sides of the pumpkins in the paint, and then roll them across the paper. But be careful, this gets a bit messier!

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Of course then Veronika wanted to get her hands in the paint. She dipped in curious fingers, and then smeared the colors across the paper.

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This was wickedly fun!

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If you have older kids, perhaps you’d even dare to try painting with full-size pumpkins. What happens, I wonder, if you roll them across the paper!

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