And nothing says Halloween quite like a glowing Jack-o-Lantern. My daughter made hers with some left-over tissue paper and a glass baby-food jar.
We love crafts, especially ones made from natural or recycled materials but I’ll admit…we take shortcuts sometimes. Especially when I’m hosting a play date, I buy some craft kits from Oriental Trading company. I like their sun-catchers but we always have left-over tissue-paper squares. This craft was a fun and easy way to use up the extra materials.
- Glass Jar (Baby Food or Jam)
- Orange Tissue Paper or Crepe Paper
- Black Construction Paper
- Glue + Water Mixture
- Tea light
- Mix glue and water (about 50/50) and spread on the glass jar.
- Paste on squares and continue to add glue mixture until the jar is covered.
- Draw and cut out a jack-o-lantern face from the black construction paper.
- Coat with a thin layer of glue mixture and let dry.
- Add a tea light.
Variations/Modifications: Instead of a tea light, you could also create a candle with melted wax and a wick.
- Language Arts: Introduce the term “translucent”.
- Science: Describe the effects of candlelight as opposed to electric lights. Research the invention of the electric lights and the use of candlelight prior to its invention.
- Arts: Explain color blending and secondary colors with younger children.
- History: Examine how immigrants bring cultural traditions with them to their new homelands and how those traditions sometimes change. Research the origin of the “jack-o-lantern”.
- Literature: Read “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and discuss the role of the jack-o-lantern head.
- Arts and Crafts: Carve real Jack-o-Lanterns from pumpkins.
- Emotional and Social: Talk about how changing the features of your jack-o-lantern transforms it from playful to scary to angry, etc.
More Pumpkin Crafts from Other Sources:
- Paper Bag Pumpkins (at Little Elephants)
- Mod Paper Pumkins (at Hostess Blog)
- Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin (Real Life Kids’)
- 3-D Paper Pumpkin
Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Fall, Sight · Tags: Baby Food Jars, Halloween, Jack O' Lanterns, Jam Jars, Pumpkins, Recycled Crafts, Reuse and Recycle, Tissue Paper