Preschool Activities and Printables

Paint Pen Pumpkin Decorating

It’s pumpkin season!  Carving pumpkins is great, but with young kids it’s hard to make that happen.  At our house, we like to use paint pens to decorate our pumpkins in various ways.  It is so much faster and less messy.  Plus, kids can decorate their own pumpkins no matter how old they are.

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We did a few early this year to get the ideas flowing.  All you need is some pumpkins, some paint pens, and some ideas to get started.  We used a combination of Sharpie paint pens and Elmers paint pens.

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The great thing about paint pens is your kids can decorate their own pumpkins and you don’t have to worry about them cutting themselves.  They get to really contribute and create their own spooky works of art!

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Tip: If you have two different colors that will be touching like the Luvs pumpkin below, do one color first then let it dry completely before starting the next color.  Since these pens use paint instead of marker ink the colors will run together if you don’t give enough time in between.

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Get creative!  See a few other things we tried below.

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Funky Woodgrain Pumpkin – to make this design we used a green pumpkin and a metallic gold paint pen.

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Frankenstein Pumpkin – depending on the shape of your pumpkin…you can create some pretty funny characters.

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Vampire Pumpkin – or use the a unique color pumpkin to drive the design.  This pumpkin was so white we thought we might do a ghost pumpkin or vampire pumpkin.  What other ideas do you have?

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We’re so excited about October and Halloween!

Check out some other pumpkin activities and recipes:

Knuckle Print Pumpkin

No-Carve Googly Eyed Pumpkin

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Butter


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Angela Conley

Mother of two, Angela Conley is a tech-savvy entrepreneur in the San Francisco Bay Area. After struggling to find childcare for her own daughter, she founded to help other parents on the hunt for quality childcare. Angela is passionate about kids and education in the earliest years of life. You can also find her blogging about family life, her DIY projects, and her love for Pinterest at
Paint Pen Pumpkin Decorating
Paint Pen Pumpkin Decorating
Paint Pen Pumpkin Decorating

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