During our last trip to the dollar store, my daughter spotted some foam pumpkins. I am so glad she noticed them, because when I saw them I knew we could use them for a Foam Pumpkin Halloween activity, like this one with foam pumpkins. You love this Halloween activity with foam pumpkins!
Why kids will love this Halloween Activity
- It lets them use their imagination while the play
- Pumpkins appear to to stick by magic
- Can be used again and again
- Foam sheets, craft foam pumpkins (you can also cut out your own)
- Googly eyes
- Cup with water and paint brush
This is a very frugal activity as almost everything came from the dollar store. They sell these foam sheets in the craft section of the dollar store and I cut out some Halloween shapes from the foam. I wanted to jazz up my shapes a little more so I added some googly eyes and mouths to these ghosts I made. I also cut out some green monsters, a moon, a haunted house, and a gate for our pumpkins to sit on. I bet some of you really artistic types can make some great stuff out of the foam. You can also trace some stencils or cookie cutters and cut out some fun shapes.
Each kid got a tray like this with supplies.
A, B and C set to work "painting" the back of the foam with their water and brush and sticking the foam to the window. Water makes the foam into removable "stickers".
B was really determined to stick her moon high in the sky.
"A" puts her pumpkins on the gate. We had a teachable moment here as I asked A to put one craft pumpkin on the top of the gate and one on the bottom of the gate. We reviewed top and bottom by playing the same game with our ghosts and the gate.
B prefers her pumpkins on top of the gate.
We were able sing a favorite song, Five Little Pumpkins.
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said, Oh, my it’s getting late!
The second one said, There are witches in the air!
The third one said, But we don’t care!
The fourth one said, Let’s run and run and run!
The fifth one said, I’m ready for some fun!
Then Wooo went the wind
And out (clap) went the lights
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!
C's pumpkins rolling out of sight.
This Halloween activity with foam pumpkins was a relatively clean activity. At one point C stepped in her cup of water and then sat down in the spilled water, but that's a pretty good day for us. You can leave these shapes up as part of your Halloween decorations or you can take them down and use them again somewhere else. I have a feeling we'll be seeing these foam pumpkins again...
Frequently asked questions
Another fun Foam Pumpkin Halloween Activity would be to glue magnets to the back and do some of the same activities but on a cookie sheet or refrigerator.
They shouldn't. The water might leave some marks on the window which can be easily removed with glass cleaner.
Get these Halloween printables
Kids will love these Halloween I Spy printables. This printable I Spy is fun for kids of all ages. Kids will look and find each Halloween item and then write down how many of each item they find. This helps them with visual discrimination skills as well as writing and counting. So many skills to practice with these kids printables. Great for the classroom or for home use. Kids will love doing these to celebrate Halloween.