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Education

No-carve pumpkin decorations

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Looking for ways for your youngsters to decorate pumpkins while avoiding the possibility of cut fingers?

There are a plethora of pumpkin decorating ideas that don’t involve carving.

Painting is always fun for young ones. Totschooling.net suggests using a washable paint like tempera, and, to make sure the paint doesn’t flake off after it dries, mix your paint with equal parts school glue. Give your youngster a paintbrush and let them go to town, or for a different effect, let them pour different colors of paint onto their pumpkin and watch it run down. Using finger paints is a super-fun way to decorate a pumpkin, as well, or use face paint.

In addition to free-form painting, you can also use stencils, either Halloween-themed or crazy patterns that you can either fill in with paint or markers. Water-based markers won’t work on a pumpkin, but experts don’t recommend allowing little one to use permanent markers without supervision for obvious reasons.

Use stickers. They come in a plethora of designs and can be found inexpensively at dollar stores. Even plain stickers you may have lying around the house can unleash a child’s imagination, according to artfulparent.com.

Give them crayons to draw whatever they envision on their pumpkin. Drawing on a white pumpkin can really let the colors shine through.

Use washi tape to decorate your pumpkin, suggests artfulparent.com. Or use any kind of tape you may have.

Get out the glue to attach anything you wish to your pumpkin. Coolmompicks.com has an awesome no-carve mummy pumpkin made simply with googly eyes and wrapped in white bandaging.

To go all out, have an assortment of paint, crayons, stickers, glitter, fabric, paper and colored glue on hand so they can combine decorative elements to make their best Halloween pumpkin ever.

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