Olivia is still in that phase where she puts everything in her mouth so it’s hard to do fun crafts and activities with her, BUT that doesn’t stop me from trying. I just make sure my expectations are low!
I saw this idea on the blog Better As Us and loved the idea to cover the high chair in foil. Genius! This controls the mess and you can fit it to any high chair tray.
When I sat her down the first thing she tried to do was pull it up, but I quickly discouraged her and redirected her attention to the paint brushes. I squirted a few dollops of paint on a paper plate and showed her how to dip the brush in. Then, I held her hand and helped her put the paint on the pumpkin. Her favorite part was dipping the brush in the paint. I had to keep reminding her to put it on the pumpkin.
Overall, the activity lasted less than 10 minutes before she started painting her hands, face, and body. Still, we ended up with an adorable pumpkin to decorate the house.
Tips for Painting Pumpkins with your toddler
-Make sure everything is ready before you begin. Get out your paint, brushes, and some wipes for clean up.
-Make sure your little one is wearing a bib or onesie that you don’t care about getting dirty.
-Rotate the pumpkin for them so they are not paiting the same spot over and over.
Photo Tips for capturing fun activities with your kids
-Set your activity up in an area with lots of natural light.
-Make sure your little one is facing the light, especially if you’re using a smartphone to take pictures.
-Move around and capture a few different angles. Take a wide angle view and then get in close. Move in even closer for details of the brush, the pumpkin and their little hands.
-Don’t forget a photo of the finished product (like I did!)