Cotton Pad Pumpkin Craft for Kids

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Cotton Pad Pumpkin craft is a cute pumpkin craft using cotton pads and coloured water. This easy to set up pumpkin craft is a fun activity to do with your kids at Halloween!

Helpful tips for letting your child complete this craft on their own

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 plate to create the body of 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 food colouring.

For younger kids, help them trace a paper plate 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 food colouring. Help them learn how to use the eye droppers if this is the first time using them.

How to Make the Cotton Pad Pumpkin Craft

  1. Grab a piece of cardboard. You’ll want it to be large enough to fit the pumpkin and have extra room around it to help to keep the mess down. Trace the outline of a pumpkin with a marker or pencil.
  1. Pour glue all over the middle of the pumpkin.
  1. Stick cotton pads in the glue, covering the entire middle of the pumpkin.
  1. Fill two bowls or cups with a small amount of water and add a few drops of green and orange food colouring to each, respectively. Add eye dropppers to each.
  2. Practice using the eye droppers so they get the hang of squeezing and letting go to draw the water up the eye dropper.
  1. Invite your child to use the eye droppers to colour the cotton pad pumpkin orange!
  1. Cut the rounded sides off 2 or 3 cotton pads and glue them down for the stem on the top of the pumpkin.
  1. Colour the stem with the green coloured water.
  1. Grab some black foam sheets and cut out a face for the pumpkin, including eyes and a mouth. Gently glue them down on top of the cotton pads pumpkin. Since they are foam sheets you can glue them down before the cotton pads have fully dried. Be sure not to press down on the cotton pads as you are gluing the faces down as the coloured water will start to run.
  1. Let your pumpkin fully dry.

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Age Suitability

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.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is medium.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Colour recognition, language development, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.


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  • Cardboard
  • Marker or pencil
  • Cotton Pads
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Eye droppers
  • Green and orange food colouring
  • Bowls
  • Water
  • Black foam sheets

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Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

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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!

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