We made paper plate pumpkin pies in preschool

Today, our whole classroom smelled like pumpkin spice as the children made their own paper plate “pumpkin pies!” It was wonderful…

The children started by painting their white paper plates with orange paint.  I mixed a little glue in the paint to make it a little sticky but not much glue really…

After the children painted on the orange paint, then they sprinkled some pumpkin spice on their paint…

I didn’t limit how much pumpkin spice they could use – I bought plenty so they could have some fun with it.  Some of the children sprinkled on just a little and decided they were done but others really went to town and added a lot of pumpkin spice…

We made apple pies last year using red paint and cinnamon (thanks to Kristin over at Preschool Daze) so this year, I thought it would be fun to change it up and make pumpkin pies instead…

It made our room smell delicious!

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By |2011-10-19T06:00:12+00:00October 19th, 2011|

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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. Brenna October 19, 2011 at 6:33 am - Reply

    A great idea for Thanksgiving week and a theme about family traditions.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 19, 2011 at 7:01 am - Reply

      Yes – this could be adapted in many ways and for lots of occasions!

  2. Melissa October 19, 2011 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Hmmm wonder about adding crushed graham cracker to it too… for the “crust”….

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 19, 2011 at 7:00 am - Reply

      Super cute idea Melissa!

  3. kristin @preschool daze October 19, 2011 at 7:40 am - Reply

    yeah, i’ll be adding this into our plans soon too!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 19, 2011 at 7:52 am - Reply

      Haha – well you pretty much thought of it!

  4. Joan October 19, 2011 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Hi Deborah,

    Love getting these great ideas each morning before I head off to school!
    Great add-ons for the pumpkin pie are brown construction paper strips to glue “lattice” on top of the pie – then add a few marshmallows (white cotton balls or pompoms!) YUM! Looks good enough to eat!

  5. Jill October 19, 2011 at 8:17 am - Reply

    we made those on Tuesday! Ours are a little different but yet the same outcome! 😉

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Great minds think alike Jill!

  6. andiejaye October 19, 2011 at 11:52 am - Reply

    i bet this smells yummy!! i love projects that employ the use of multiple senses… i think it just helps to get them further into the activity!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      I love adding other senses too!

  7. Kristina October 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your pumpkin pies over at our link up. 🙂 I totally have a kid at my house who would be dumping the entire container of cinnamon on top! Such a fun process! Thanks again!

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