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Jack O Lantern 

Halloween is a great time for art, take a look at the options below for fun takes on creating a Jack O Lantern!

Materials Needed

Jack O Lantern

Difficulty Level: Easy - Hard

Time Needed: 5 - 30 minutes 

Best done: Indoors

Messy level: Medium

Hands holding pumpkin

Materials Needed

  • Paper (scrap okay for option 1)

  • Paint

  • Paintbrushes

  • Flour (Option 1)

  • Water (Option 1)

  • Balloon (Option 1 and 3)

Let's Create!

  • Below we offer three different options for creating a Jack O Lantern so choose which one works the best for you and your child! 

Option 1: Papier Mache (Most Difficult)

To begin, make your papier mache "glue." *For adults* 

  • Combine 1/2 cup lukewarm water and 1/2 cup flour until clumps are gone. 

  • Boil two cups of water and mix with flour/water mixture.

  • LET IT COOL (set in fridge to speed up)

  • Blow up the balloon and rip the paper into strips.

  • Once "glue" is cooled off, cover the balloon with strips of paper, sticking each strip on with glue. 

  • Let harden. We recommend rotating the balloon to quicken process

  • Once hardened, paint like a jack-o-lantern!

  • When paint is dry, you can pop the balloon! (Take it out and dispose of to prevent choking) 

Option 2: Jack O Lantern Balloon (Medium)

**As this activity involves a balloon, make sure you monitor your child during and after as popped balloons present a dangerous choking hazard**

  • To begin, blow up your balloon, we recommend using an orange one to go with the pumpkin theme.

  • Ask your child to paint a face on the balloon to look like a jack o lantern! This can be super simple, just eyes and a mouth or more complicated and detailed. 

  • It may be challenging for your child to paint the balloon as they tend to move around but this is part of the fun! Encourage them to find a way to hold it stead on their own!

Option 3: Jack O Lantern on Paper (Easy)

  • This option is the most simple, ask your child to color in and  draw a face on a pumpkin image. They could also use stickers in order to make the face. 

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