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Creative Ways to Play with Pumpkins‏

We all know that carving a pumpkin is great fun and you can make a whole list of crafts just with the pumpkin seeds alone but there are plenty of other creative ways to play with pumpkins that you and your child can enjoy this fall. We all have a great day at the pumpkin patch every year and end up bringing all types of pumpkins home in every shape and size. Check out this awesome list of creative ways to play with pumpkins and have a good old time with your child this year!

Pumpkin Ring Toss - For this pumpkin activity you will need 2 or 3 rings to toss. You can either make them out of plastic lids, cardboard or poster board. Cut the rings big enough to fit around your pumpkins. Once you have your rings made you can line 3 or 4 pumpkins in a row (smaller pumpkins work best) and have the kids toss the rings over and around the top of the pumpkins. Do you love these creative ways to play with pumpkins yet?? The kids are going to have a blast! Make more of a game out of it and have prizes for your child to "win".

Sink or Float - Fill a small Rubbermaid container with water to play sink or float. Have a few different sized smaller pumpkins laying there and have your child see if they sink or if they float. You could carve a few also to see if that changes what happens to them. If you have them carved you may as well check the seeds also...... Do they sink? or do they float??

Rolling Pumpkin Race - Set up 2 lines in your backyard about 20 feet apart. Have the kids start out behind one of the lines using a broom to push/roll the pumpkins toward the other finish line. This creative ways to play with pumpkins works well for a group of kids or alone. It's a great game to play at a fall party too!

Bowling with Pumpkins - This one might work better with a bigger pumpkin if you have one. Save up six 2-liter bottles of soda and clean and wash them out. Pour about 1/2 cup sand or dirt into each one and glue the lid on tight. Set them up like you would bowling pins and roll the pumpkin at the pins to knock them down.

Make Pumpkin Drums - Pumpkins are hollow and hollow means they will make a cool sound when you thump on them. Set up a few different sized pumpkins and grab some wooden spoons and make a band with your kids. They will have a great time beating on them and when you are done...... carve them up!

Painting with Pumpkins - Grab a few different sized pumpkins and gather them in your yard. You can either place a really long roll of white paper across your yard or just use the yard itself as a canvas. Have some bowls of paint lying around for your child to dip and roll their pumpkin in. Then they can roll the pumpkin across the paper or yard while paint flies everywhere! It's as fun as can be and will make some pretty interesting art work for the walls. Another idea would be to set the long white paper going down your slide and roll the pumpkins down it!! Fun Fun!

Make a Pumpkin Boat - Cut the top off of a miniature pumpkin and scoop the insides out. Add a toothpick with a flag to the top and you have yourself a cute little boat! You can even go on a nature hike and find some acorns or pine cones to float in it. You can get really craft and add some paint and eyes to the acorns to make tiny people. This is one of our favorite creative ways to play with pumpkins!

Make Pumpkin "play" Soup - Carving a pumpkin is another creative ways to play with a pumpkin but take it just one more step and let your child make some pretend soup. After you scrape out the inside goodies and before you carve it add some water and some of the pumpkin seeds back into it. Let them run around the yard and find some "soup" goodies like acorns, leaves and pine cones. Give them a few spoons and let them make you some fabulous soup to try! Serve it up in some small bowls and have a great pretend feast together!

Pumpkin Stamping - The bottom of a miniature pumpkin makes a really cute flower stamp. Pour some paint into little bowls and let your little ones dip the bottom of the pumpkin into the paint and stamp until their hearts content.

Make a Mummy Pumpkin - Pick up some gauze at your local store and have your child wrap up your pumpkin (toilet paper works well also). Add on some googly eyes and you have yourself a cute little Halloween decoration for your front steps or on the inside of the window frame.

Can you think of any other creative ways to play with pumpkin in your house??

Annmarie John
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  1. Those are all such cute ideas. The pumpkin stamping idea sounds really cute. My boys would love that.

  2. These ideas are really out of the box! Good thinking. We normally just paint a pumpkin and come up with different costumes for each mini pumpkin.

  3. These are some creative ways to play with pumpkins. These games are great for the kids at Halloween parties.

  4. I have to do the pumpkin roll race but I think we will do this on hills to see which one makes it to the bottom first! My youngest would also love the painting of pumpkins.

  5. I've seen posts on cooking pumpkins, decorating pumpkins, decorating with pumpkins. I've even seen posts using pumpkin in various beauty applications. I've NEVER seen a post on playing with pumpkins. Thanks!

  6. So many good ideas here! It makes me wish my kids were little again so we could play some of these games!

  7. What great ideas. I will have to try the pumpkin stamping. I think that is something kiddo would still enjoy doing.

  8. Well pumpkins are plentiful this time of the year. Might as well find some creative uses for them

  9. All we usually do is make pumpkin stew with our pumpkins! Or we do some fun stenciling on them. I'd love to carve some sort of princess carriage for Scarlet.

  10. Those are awesome games to play. I was thinking maybe play sort the pumpkins by sizes.

  11. These are great ideas for playing with pumpkins. My kids usually just paint them.

  12. What a fantastic list! I had no idea you could have so much fun with pumpkins!

  13. I love pumpkins when they are painted and looks so fantastic. Stickers on pumpkins can really dress them up too. These are great ideas, many of which I had never heard of.

  14. OK I admit that I have never played with pumpkins before. I always eat it. Momma say never play with your food. lol

  15. I pinned and tweeted this. I'm not sure if we will be able to go by the end of the year, but I'm hoping we will get to go to this farm that I found that is near us to get a few apples and maybe a pumpkin. I love these ideas and I definitely would love to try a few with JR :)

  16. IT's amazing all the things you can do with a pumpkin!

  17. Looks like fun activities with the kids too! Thanks! I want some pumpkin pics for our calendar time.

  18. My two that are at home always drum the pumpkins until the day we decorate. They love that 'music' and it makes me laugh. :)

  19. These are great tips! I've passed them on to my pals who have younger little ones and they are loving it! Even adding a few to their party plans!

  20. I love the ideas of painting with pumpkins and the pumpkin stamping. Very cool! These are all fun ideas!

  21. Wow... I love this list! I love everything about fall and there is so much focus on Halloween that sometimes I don't know how to make fall fun. :)


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