Halloween is just a few weeks away, and your kids have been begging you to carve those pumpkins you picked out at the pumpkin patch a couple weeks ago. But you have been ordering frozen pumpkin spiced coffee because it’s still too gosh darn hot in your neck of the woods. The heat will quickly turn a carved pumpkin into a grotesque science experiment if you carve it more than a day before Halloween.
You don’t have to listen to days of whining and pleading from your kids wanting to carve their pumpkins. Using all the supplies found in your garage, you can decorate a pumpkin before Halloween without it rotting right away.
How to Decorate Your Pumpkin
- Sharpie Marker
Steps to Create a Hammer and Nails Pumpkin
-Draw a face on the pumpkin with Sharpie marker.
-For children with developing fine motor skills, a parent or caregiver can first lightly hammer in each nail and the child can hammer it the rest of the way. Children more skilled with using a hammer may hammer the nails independently with adult supervision.
This activity is great for kids who don’t enjoy the icky, gooey insides of the pumpkin. It works on the building a child’s arm strength with hammering, and their fine motor skills by aiming the hammer onto the head of the nail. Now, you have temporarily stopped the endless request to decorate a Halloween pumpkin and worked on your child’s fine motor skills at the same time.