Pumpkin Art with Torn Paper


What I love above creating art with torn paper is that it doesn't need to be perfect. In fact, the less perfect it is, the better it looks. This makes this medium great for kids. They can just tear the paper in various ways and still achieve a work of art.

I decided to have the kids make a Halloween themed torn art picture. Tearing the paper really gives kids a wonderful opportunity to practice their fine motor skills. The pieces of black construction paper that are used for eyes and mouths have to be torn pretty small.

You will need:

  • White, black, orange, green and yellow construction paper
  • Glue

I don't know about you, but I love a supply list that has two items on it. Most people already have construction paper and glue, so the set up for this Halloween project could not be easier.

Start out with a white piece of construction paper that will serve as the background. Have your child tear some green construction paper for grass and glue it to the bottom of the white paper. How they tear the paper is up to them. The paper may end up looking like a hillside or like tall blades of grass. There is no wrong way to do this. Be sure to save a little bit of green construction paper for the pumpkin stems.

When the grass is glued down, have your child tear a circle or oval shape out of some orange construction paper. Having tried this, I can say this is pretty tricky for an adult to do. But it didn't matter that our pumpkins weren't round, they still looked cool. So no matter what shape your child's pumpkin comes out, they can glue it on the grass to add to their fall scene. 

For some kids this will be enough. If your child is older or wants to go further, you can add green stems and use some torn black construction paper for a jack o' lantern face. 

We even added a sun using some yellow construction paper. I bet a tree would be fun to make from torn paper and would look great in this fall scene too. What other items do you think you could add?

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