This is our little one’s first Halloween! It really is true when people tell you that you will see the world through different eyes when you have a child. Holidays are even more meaningful and fun now. Yesterday was a long day, I was exhausted and so was he…but I could tell he needed some ‘fun time’. He is finally starting to fully recover from being sick and I could tell he was getting a little antsy since we haven’t been out of the house much. Even though we were both tired, we had a blast! It was MESSY, but it was so fun…isn’t that the way it goes? We may not win any pumpkin decorating contests, but we made a memory and that’s all that matters. If you have a little one, they will love this fun activity. Even better if you take them to the pumpkin patch and let them pick out their own pumpkin! Below are a few tips for easy pumpkin decorating with a toddler.
Select an area that you aren’t afraid to get messy. This does involve paint (washable paint-but still, paint). We used an old sheet as our work area, but a drop cloth would work perfect and make clean up even easier.
Wear old clothes. You and them. I dressed our little one down to an older t-shirt and diaper-things that it was ok to get paint on. I wore old clothes too. Yes, the paint is washable-but still, I didn’t want to take any chances.
Have plenty of baby wipes on hand.
Add some paint to a paper plate (again-easy clean up).
Take your little one’s hand and dab it in the paint (or use a paintbrush). Our little one wasn’t sure about this at first-he wanted to eat it. Once I showed him what to do, he took both hands and started swirling the paint on the pumpkin.
Have fun with them. It has been years since I decorated a pumpkin, so I took this as an opportunity to have a little fun of my own. I added a few touches of my own and painted our little one’s name on the pumpkin.
Have you decorated a pumpkin with your little one this year?