We made pumpkin suncatchers in preschool

Mrs. R’s kindergarten class made these terrific pumpkins which make wonderful suncatchers!

What you will need….

  • Plastic plate so the pumpkin can be easily removed from the plate after it dries.
  • Orange and black tissue paper
  • Watered down glue
  • Paint brushes

How the students made it…

The children began by coating a plastic plate with a layer of the watered down glue…

Then the children placed orange tissue paper squares on top of the glue. The teacher encouraged the children to cover their entire plate with the orange tissue paper…

The children cut their own tissue paper squares….

As they placed their tissue paper squares on the plate, they brushed a second coat of watered-down glue on top of the tissue paper.

They cut black tissue paper squares to add their own eyes, nose, and mouth as desired.

The key to this working is to brush plenty of watered-down glue on the tissue paper. This is also part of the fun for the children to do. Then set the plates aside to dry overnight…

Once the glue has hardened and dried, then the children can gently peel their pumpkins off of the plates to hang up.

I am linking this post to Red Ted Art’s Blog!

By |2010-10-20T06:00:48+00:00October 20th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. maggy, red ted art October 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Oh! How cute! I love happy Halloween Crafts!! And your sun catchers are just that!!

    Thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty! Much appreciated!!


    • Deborah J. Stewart October 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Thank you Maggy:)

  2. stephanie a. October 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I can never have enough Halloween activities…it is hands down my favorite holiday in preschool!

    • Deborah J. Stewart October 22, 2010 at 2:45 am - Reply

      I spent my day outside today and the leaves were blowing everywhere – I just love this time of year too!

  3. V.Kerr October 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Really good idea to use the plastic, clear plate!

  4. Christy October 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    SO CUTE. We are making pumpkin suncatchers for my October story hour that I will be hosting, but they aren’t even close to being as cute as yours.

    • Deborah J. Stewart October 22, 2010 at 2:43 am - Reply

      I bet they will be adorable!!

  5. Deena November 10, 2010 at 3:03 am - Reply

    You definitely rock! How wonderful to see all of your great ideas. The pictures are so nice. Thanks for all you do. I’ve taught for many years and now my daughter is beginning her early childhood education degree. She will be using your ideas and I will be using all of my ink and paper to print out as much as possible.

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 10, 2010 at 7:03 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Deena!

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