Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pumpkin Printing with Pool Noodles

If you are looking for a super simple Fall or Halloween craft you'll want to try out these pool noodle printed pumpkins. I loved them and so did my daughter!

I swear I've lost the ability to think straight now that I have three kids moving around my house, so if we do art projects they need to be quick to set up and involve very few steps and materials. You can make these as simple pumpkins or jazz them up with some black paint to turn them into jack-o-lanterns. 

Materials needed: 

  • a few pieces cut off of a pool noodle (circles for pumpkins, squares or rectangles for stems) 
  • orange and green paint 
  • cardstock (or anything to print on) 
  • a plastic spoon (to make leaves)


This project was super easy. Once the pool noodles were cut, we experimented and used them to stamp a variety of things. My daughter loves pumpkins since we've been reading Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino... so we decided to make pool noodle printed pumpkins. 

We used orange dipped pool noodle circles to make the pumpkins. Then we used rectangular pool noodle pieces to make the green stems. 

Finally we used the backs of plastic spoons to make little leaves. In retrospect we should've used brown paint for the stems... but green works too. 

After we finished our projects, we put our paintings aside to dry and read the Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino again.

Later this week we may cut up our pumpkin prints and turn them into pumpkin popsicle stick puppets so that we can re-enact the five little pumpkins fingerplay.

Have you painted with pool noodles before?

Do you have any other favorite crafts or activities inspired by The Five Little Pumpkins? 

Check out our Five Little Pumpkin themed Mommy and Me Book Club post for more fun pumpkin

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  1. Looks like my son would enjoy this activity :) Especially like that you recommended a book to go along with it!

  2. Too cute! Just pinned to use soon.

  3. The pumpkins look great! I saw your link on No Time For Flash Cards link and learn. Great craft :D

  4. I am in love with this craft! It's so simple and such a great way to repurpose all of those pool noodles from the summer. I'll definitely have to try this with my boys. We love Five Little Pumpkins too!


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