I really enjoy crafting with my kids. I know some people get anxiety at the thought of kids with craft supplies, but it really doesn’t bother me. I like watching them use creativity. This Dollar Store Fine Motor Pumpkin Craft for Kids is a super cute pumpkin fine motor activity. Use it as a fall activity for preschoolers to build muscles and express themselves. I like it because it’s not your average pumpkin craft for preschoolers-no pumpkin shaped construction paper in sight! I also love that we got all the supplies at our local dollar store. This fall craft for preschool will not break the bank. Have fun!

– Life Over C's white foam pumpkins with pom poms, pipe clean and gems for pumpkin decorations Featured Image

Recommended Grade Level:

Fall Fine Motor Craft Supplies:

  • Foam Pumpkin
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Pom Poms
  • Chenille Stems
  • Rhinestones
  • Liquid Glue
  • Scissors

Preschool Pumpkin Activities

PUMPKIN CRAFT IDEAS
PUMPKIN ART IN PRESCHOOL IS PRETTY COMMON AS WE CELEBRATE FALL. THIS FALL PRESCHOOL ACTIVITY FOCUSES SPECIFICALLY ON DEVELOPING FINE MOTOR MUSCLES.

Have you heard of the famous foam pumpkins from Dollar Tree? I have seen a handful of ways others are transforming them and I just had to do it, too! Transform a trio of Dollar Store neon orange foam pumpkins into colorful and whimsical Fall decorations with some simple supplies!  This quick and easy craft goes together in under 30 minutes. 30 MINUTES!

All while working on fine motor skills.

This spin on pumpkin preschool art involves several steps, so you might want to plan ahead. First, we painted our pumpkins white. While this is not a necessary step, the white pumpkins add to the whimsical vibe and help the colors of the add-ons pop.

Once the paint is dry, kids can express creativity by adding rhinestones, chenille stem pieces, and pom poms in whatever designs they like.

This easy pumpkin craft can be a great time to work on oral language also! Consider asking questions:

  • What colors do you want to use on your pumpkin? Why did you choose those colors?
  • Can you show me the different shapes you’re using to decorate your pumpkin? How many shapes can you find?
  • How are you arranging the rhinestones, pom poms, and chenille stems on your pumpkin? Is there a pattern you’re following?
  • What do you think your pumpkin will look like when it’s finished? Can you describe it to me?
– Life Over C's Three pumpkin crafts with fine motor decorations. White pumpkin with gems, pumpkin decorated with pom poms, pipe cleaner pumpkin

What Can Preschoolers Learn While Making an Easy Pumpkin Craft for Kids?

PRESCHOOL FALL ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
THERE ARE SO MANY FUN FALL CRAFT IDEAS TO CHOOSE FROM! THIS ONE CHECKS BOXES NEXT TO FINE MOTOR DEVELOPMENT, SENSORY PLAY, AND CREATIVITY!

Children learn so much when we allow them to explore different art mediums. Painting, designing, cutting, and gluing are skills that require practice.

The perfect fine motor creative learning project to complete with the kiddos!  Work on measuring, sorting and counting activities as you craft.

You can show your children what you plan to do and what you are imagining. Then you can let them explore with their own creativity! It is all in the process, not in the outcome!

  • Fine Motor
  • Creativity
  • Color Recognition
  • Spatial Awareness
– Life Over C's Three pumpkin crafts with fine motor decorations. White pumpkin with gems, pumpkin decorated with pom poms, pipe cleaner pumpkin

Why Is It Important For Kids To Make Fall Arts and Crafts?

Simple crafts are great hands-on activities that help kids learn a variety of other skills. Also, they just like to get down and dirty with cool looking, sparkly craft supplies and glue!

Fine Motor: Painting and gluing embellishments require precise hand movements, which help strengthen the children’s fine motor skills. They improve their hand-eye coordination and dexterity as they manipulate brushes and handle small embellishments.

Creativity: Art projects like decorating a 3D pumpkin encourage children to express their unique ideas and creativity. They can choose colors, shapes, and patterns, allowing them to explore and experiment with different artistic elements.

Color Recognition: Through selecting and mixing colors for painting and embellishing, preschoolers develop their color recognition skills. They learn to identify and name various colors, enhancing their understanding of basic color concepts.

Spatial Awareness: Working with design requires understanding spatial relationships. Kids need to consider where to place the embellishments on the pumpkin’s surface, helping them develop spatial awareness and geometry concepts like symmetry and arrangement.

How to Make the Fall Pumpkin Fine Motor Craft

Supplies:

You don’t need a lot of craft supplies and it is all inexpensive because it’s mostly from the dollar store!

  • Dollar Store Foam Pumpkins – Three
  • Dollar Store Pom Poms
  • Dollar Store Rhinestones
  • Dollar Store Chenille Stems
  • Acrylic Craft Paint – White
  • Liquid Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors (these are for cutting the pipe cleaners, so I suggest an old pair of scissors since they will be damaged slightly by the wire. We keep a set specifically for projects like this.)

I like to organize the embellishments on paper plates for the pumpkins.

– Life Over C's Three pumpkin crafts with fine motor decorations. White pumpkin with gems, pumpkin decorated with pom poms, pipe cleaner pumpkin

Step One:

The first thing I did was add a basecoat to the pumpkins with white craft paint then let dry. 

Apply a second and third coat, if necessary, letting each coat dry completely. I like the pumpkins to be completely white, which is why I used three coats.

– Life Over C's Three pumpkin crafts with fine motor decorations. White pumpkin with gems, pumpkin decorated with pom poms, pipe cleaner pumpkin

Step Two:

For the “sprinkle” pumpkin, cut 1” lengths from chenille stems.  Apply lines of liquid glue on pumpkin surface and place chenille stems pieces on in a random fashion, filling in all available spaces.

– Life Over C's Three pumpkin crafts with fine motor decorations. White pumpkin with gems, pumpkin decorated with pom poms, pipe cleaner pumpkin

Step Three:

For “polka dot” pumpkin, apply dots of liquid glue on pumpkin surface and place pom poms on in a random fashion, filling in all available spaces.

– Life Over C's Three pumpkin crafts with fine motor decorations. White pumpkin with gems, pumpkin decorated with pom poms, pipe cleaner pumpkin

Step Four:

For “jeweled” pumpkin, apply dots of liquid glue on pumpkin surface and place rhinestones on in a random fashion, filling in all available spaces.

– Life Over C's Three pumpkin crafts with fine motor decorations. White pumpkin with gems, pumpkin decorated with pom poms, pipe cleaner pumpkin

Ways to Extend the Activity

More Fall Shapes

You could take the same concept and appy it to an apple craft, acorn craft, or pumpkin pie, depending on what foam shapes you can find at your local dollar store.

Rubber Bands

Get funky by wrapping a couple of rubber bands around the pumpkin before painting. When you pull them off, you’ll have orange stripes to add to the design.

Jack-o-Lantern

Turn your pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns by adding shapes to create eyes, nose, mouth with the stems, rhinestones, and pom poms.

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– Life Over C's white foam pumpkins with pom poms, pipe clean and gems for pumpkin decorations Featured Image

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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