Looking for a fun art project for your mixed age group this fall? Explore color mixing with this fun squish and twist pumpkin activity! This technique incorporates science, and improves fine motor skills! Use this open ended process to create color mixing creations year round!
For this project you will need:
Paper Plates (2 per child)
Red Tempera Paint
Yellow Tempera Paint
Green Construction Paper
Adhesive (Glue or Staple)
Before you get started
Before you set out the materials for this activity you may want to take some time to talk about the color orange. How many orange objects do they know? Demonstrate with your hands (or using clean paper plates) how they are going to squish and twist plates. You may even want to let them practice the process without paint.
ready, set, go!
Step 1: Add a squirt of red and yellow paint to one paper plate per child (*Tip add a liberal squirt to allow the plates to "glide" easier"). You can also squirt the paint into a cup and allow the children to spoon out the paint on top of their paper.
*Tip for littles: You can squirt the paint onto a secured piece of paper instead of a plate. From here they can squish their plate onto the paint and twist it (like a steering wheel).
Step 2: The children place their second paper plate on top of the pain and squish!
Step 3: Encourage the children to twist the plates!
This is quite the hand and wrist workout! You may notice this is easier for children with more developed hand strength.
Step 4: The reveal! Have the children gently peel the top plate away to reveal their color change!
After the reveal children may want to repeat the steps of squishing and twisting! They will enjoy seeing the changes to their masterpiece each time they do their reveal. This is a great time to allow them to explore the color mixing process by adding more paint, or creating an additional art piece using different colors.
Step 5: Allow the plates to completely dry! This may take overnight depending on how much paint is used ;)
Step 6: After the plates have completely dried, allow them to decorate their pumpkins with construction paper stems, and other accessories!
Repeat this technique year round using different color paints, and twisting and squishing with different objects! What ideas can you come up with using this technique? I welcome you to share them in our FREE FB community!
A huge thank you to Building Blocks Family Childcare for trying out this activity and sharing their creations!
Looking for some more pumpkin fun?
Be sure to swing by my FREE pumpkin lesson planning idea page here!
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Looking for some fun Pre-K activities & games to add to your pumpkin theme? Add these easy to assemble activities to your learning centers, create file folder games, or even tot trays!
I have designed these activities to be used with simple manipulatives that you have laying around the house, or your classroom (Clothespins, Pom Poms, Etc.). Each pack contains a variety of activities that focus on some of the following skills: Colors, Shapes, Uppercase/Lowercase Letter Matching, Counting, 1:1 Correspondence, Patterning, Fine Motor Skill strengthening, and more!
This 53 page digital Pumpkin Activity Pack contains the following activities:
Pumpkin Shape Clip Cards
Pumpkin Patch Shape Match
uppercase and lowercase letter matching file folder activity
Pumpkin Count and Clip Cards
Pumpkin Puzzles 1-10 & 11-20
Pumpkin patch counting mats 1-10 without frames
Pumpkin patch counting mats 1-10 with frames
Pumpkin Seed Counting Mat 1-20
Pumpkin patterning Activity
Parts of a pumpkin
Pumpkin Life Cycle
Pumpkin 3-Part Cards
word wall cards
Pumpkin Shape Mat
Number & number word pumpkin puzzles
Cut & Paste a pumpkin scene
Pumpkin Color Match
Cover, TOS, Directions, and Graphics Credit
Halloween activity pack
This 65 page printable Halloween pack includes 21 Printable activities for your Halloween Themed Week. These games and activities are fun for Preschool, Pre-K and Tots! Add these activities to your learning centers, create tot trays, or even file folder games.
Activities in this pack:
Bat shape Clip Cards
Candy apple shape Clip Cards
Witches and brooms color matching
Gobble Ghosts color matching
Candy Corn Rolling Game
Trick or Treat uppercase and lowercase letter matching file folder activity
Candy Corn Count & Clip Cards
Halloween Count & Clip Cards
Jack O Lantern Puzzle
Candy Corn counting mats 1-10 without frames
Candy Bucket counting mats 1-10 without frames
Candy corn counting mats 1-10 with frames
Counting Bat Mat 1-10 (Try this activity for free!)
Counting Candy Mat 1-20
Halloween Patterning Activity
first sound clip cards
Flying Witches Color Match Up
On Halloween night story word match up
word wall cards
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