This colour mixing pumpkin activity is a curiously fun and easy to set up fine motor skill activity for kids to try Halloween. Mix coloured water together to make a pumpkin using common kitchen drawer items!
Helpful tips for letting your child complete this craft on their own
This is a different type of activity from any that I have ever shared before. In this activity your child will use a toothpick to move bubbles of coloured water on wax paper. Its so cool and curiously addicting! Its mesmerizing to watch the bubbles of coloured water mix together to make a new colour!
When water is placed on wax paper, it forms water droplets. You can move them using a toothpick. Use the toothpick as a broom to combine the droplets. Combine a red droplet with a yellow droplet and you make orange! Then you move that orange droplet to the make an orange pumpkin!
The great thing about this craft, is that you can help your child set it up almost completely on their own. For older kids, have them trace a paper cup to create the circles for the pumpkin and them draw a stem. They can complete all the other steps on their own. You can set up the cups with water and then they can can squeeze in the liquid water colours.
For younger kids, help them trace a paper cup for the pumpkin body (or you can help them draw it by making a dotted line pumpkin that they can trace. Invite them to complete the rest of the steps on their own. You can set up the cups with water and then they can can squeeze in the liquid water colour. Help them learn how to use the eye droppers if this is the first time using them. Also help younger children with mixing the coloured water using the toothpick. TO move the water you need to keep the toothpick low down almost parallel to the wax paper.
Although it’s tempting to create large bubbles of water, its easier to move the coloured water when its kept in smaller bubbles.
I used liquid water colour in the activity instead of food colouring because it doesn’t stain like food colouring. You can substitute food colouring but protect your surfaces.
How to Make the Colour Mixing Pumpkin Fine Motor Activity For Kids
- Grab a piece of wax paper. Trace the outline of a pumpkin with an orange sharpie.
- Draw a stemming a green sharpie. Use a black sharpie to draw the faces of the pumpkins.
- Fill three bowls or cups with a small amount of water and add a few drops of green and orange liquid water color to each, respectively. Add eye dropppers to each.
- Practice using the eye droppers so they get the hang of squeezing and letting go to draw the water up the eye dropper.
- Invite your child to use the eye droppers to squeeze out small droplets of coloured water on the wax paper. Be sure to only squeeze out small droplets. They are easier to move using the toothpicks. Squeeze out the red and yellow droplets near the pumpkins. Squeeze out the yellow and blue droplets near the stem.
- Use a toothpick to move the red droplets into the yellow droplets or visa versa to make orange. Then move the orange droplets into the pumpkin.
- Colour the stem with the green by combining the yellow and blue coloured water. Then move the green water droplet to the stem.
- Let your pumpkin fully dry.
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This activity is good for toddlers, pre-k, kindergarten aged children 2.5 years old and up. My kids are 4.5, 4.5 and 8 years old.
The mess level for this activity is medium.
Difficulty to Create
Colour recognition, language development, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.
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- Marker or pencil
- Cotton Pads
- Eye droppers
- Green and orange food colouring
- Black foam sheets
Books, TV Show & Play Kits!
Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids
Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon.
Engage your child in hours of play with my colorful collection of over 60 sensory bin activities, recipes and play projects that aid with memory formation, language development, problem-solving skills and more. Perfect for toddlers from eighteen months to three years old and beyond, each bin makes use of materials you already have at home and helps reignite your kids’ interest in toys long forgotten.
Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.
With setup instructions, details on how to guide your child through each activity, suggestions for what to talk about with your child as they play and other useful tips, Mandisa gives you all the information you need for creative sensory activities your kids are bound to love.
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Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids
Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more.
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Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.
Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids
Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.
- 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
- Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
- Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.
Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!
Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.
TV Show: Curious Crafting
I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!
Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.
In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create.
Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.
This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up.
The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids
Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.
Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!