Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Littles Learning Link Up: October 27, 2015 Two Sided Paper Plate Pumpkins

 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (toward the beginning of the month)
  • A guest post featuring crafts, activities, tips, snack ideas or other early childhood topics. (toward the end of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children.
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child(ren).

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

What have we been up to?

Last week in our homeschool co-op preschool class I decided to focus on pumpkins. Pumpkins were on my mind as I had just finished last week's Pumpkin Fun Round Up here on Littles Learning Link Up. I needed something fun for the children to do. They were getting tired of just gluing cut up paper onto bigger pieces of paper. I decided to use a paper plate for a pumpkin craft. One side of the paper plate is the outside of the pumpkin, and the other side is the inside of the pumpkin.

Two Sided Paper Plate Pumpkins

You will need 1 paper plate per child, an orange marker, an orange crayon, white glue, pumpkin seeds, brown construction paper for stems, a small piece of green yarn, a hole punch, and a piece of white yarn to hang the pumpkin up.

First the children colored the bottom of the paper plate with the marker and the crayon. I tried to demonstrate using big sweeping motions to cover the plate quickly and give it an appearance of grooves in the pumpkin skin.

Then we glued pumpkin seeds on the inside of the paper plate. I just put drops of glue on the plate and let them go at it.

After the glue dried a bit, I flipped the plate over and had them glue the stem onto the colored side. Then we glued on the green yarn vine. When they were dry, I hole punched two holes at the top and tied on the white yarn so the paper plate pumpkin could be hung up so both sides could be seen.

Outside of the Pumpkin:

Inside of the Pumpkin:

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 20 wonderful posts linked up! 
I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on post.  

Please remember, for this to be a successful linky party, everyone needs to visit some of the other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's Randomly Selected Post is: 

Tiny Tots Adventures shared Number Word Spider.

Here is the top clicked-on post:

Homegrown Adventures shared How To Get Your Child to Eat Their Veggies.

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on my Toddler Ideas or other relevant board, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Sunday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.



  1. What a fun idea to put pumpkin seeds on the "inside" like that! We actually made a paper plate pumpkin with tissue paper earlier this month, but we might have to add some seeds!

  2. That is the first pumpkin I seen made with the seeds inside. Nice touch!

  3. That looks like a fun project! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

  4. Paper Plate Pumpkins are such fun - and what a great way to encourage kids to be creative! Thank you so much for sharing this post with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.


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