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Easy Pumpkin Decorating With a Toddler

Last Updated on October 28, 2021 by

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Decorating pumpkins with a toddler doesn’t have to be frustrating and difficult. If you want to involve your little one in a fun tradition, while getting a bit messy then this post is a must read! 

This year, we’ll have TWO toddlers for Halloween! I wrote this post a few years ago and it was such a fun one: Levi and I decorated our first pumpkin together! This year, we’ll be carving pumpkins with two toddlers and I can’t wait! We’ve learned a lot about life with toddlers in the past few years, but let me tell you: anything involving toddlers and art supplies is messy…but, oh is it fun! 

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Here are a few tips for easy pumpkin decorating with a toddler. 

Pumpkin Decorating with a Toddler

Supplies You’ll Need:


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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.

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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.

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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.

Pumpkin Decorating with a Toddler

Easy Pumpkin Decorating with a Toddler

Have you decorated a pumpkin with your little one this year?

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Monday 31st of October 2016

How fun! I can't wait to do this next year with my little!


Saturday 22nd of October 2016

Going to next week. And certainly using paints and not a knife.....

Loving Living Lancaster

Monday 24th of October 2016

For sure-much safer!


Saturday 22nd of October 2016

Painting pumpkins seems to be all the rage this year. We are going to use you technique with some 30 year olds. lol

Loving Living Lancaster

Monday 24th of October 2016

I don't blame you-it was fun!


Friday 21st of October 2016

how cuuuuute!!! your little one is such an artist! i love the pumpkin face! =)

Loving Living Lancaster

Monday 24th of October 2016

Thank you-it was so fun!


Friday 21st of October 2016

This looks like so much fun! I have been thinking about doing this with our daughter and after seeing your photos I think it's a must!