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Our favorite spooky holiday is around the corner which means some fun, festive art and decorating activities are part of our weekly schedule. Since we have a household with an art loving 6 year old and almost 2 year old, I try to find easy pumpkin decorating ideas for toddlers and bigger Kids; with a minimal mess factor. And since Theo and Olive are always so proud of their mini masterpieces, letting them snap photos with my phone and then print them instantly using our FUJIFILM Instax SP-3 SHARE Printer is one of the best parts of every art activity (they’re currently in a Black & White mood since they say its spookier 😉 ).
This printer prints on instax SQUARE film and offers even more ways to get creative with photos. Some of our favorites are creating collages, adding templates and sharing prints instantly in person and online with #myinstax. We plan to put all these instant photos in art albums for each of our kiddos as a keepsake of their art over the years. This was an awesome suggestion from some mama friends of mine. Making it easier to eventually recycle most of the art projects each year and keep only the extra special ones. Read more to see my favorite, easy Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Toddlers & Kids to try with your tiny humans this spooky season. #instaxSHAREIII
Easy Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Toddlers & Kids
Eye Spy Googly Eyed Mini Pumpkins: We love googly eye stickers in our home. Mainly because they make anything instantly funny and awesome! We keep sheets of all kinds of googly eye stickers on hand; and use them to peel and stick onto our bucket of mini pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Mess free and full of giggles, this one is a family favorite every Halloween.
Paintbrush Pumpkins: Olive painted her first pumpkin this year bold blue (see the first photo for her work of pumpkin art). A simple paintbrush and a choice of washable paint colors lets our little artists and their imaginations go wild with decorating possibilities.
Spider Pumpkins: A handful of orange and black fuzzy pipe cleaners can turn into anything creepy or crawly. Theo wraps them around the tops of his mini pumpkins to make spider legs out of them. Or he twists and attaches them together to make a colorful spider web.
Name That Pumpkin: Sometimes pumpkins just need a name or Halloween-y word to make it trick or treat worthy. BOO, TRICK, TREAT…..scrawl on pumpkins with washable paint and pop on the doorstep!
After we make our Halloween works of art, Theo and Olive take turns snapping photos of their masterpieces on my iPhone. We use the instax SHARE app to pull up their photos. Then we edit them in the app – black and white, punch up the colors, add some contrast, and wirelessly connect to the instax SP-3 printer and print with one click. The kids love watching the pictures instantly appear out of the printer. Then we add the prints along our mantel with our spooky decorations, pumpkins and all the twinkly lights.
And when we’re not decorating all things pumpkin, we use our instax SP-3 printer. Printing out photos taken by Theo and Olive on the weekends, travel adventures, and rainy days. Letting them be photographers with a photo scavenger hunt during rainy days keeps the kids busy and having fun indoors. The printer is super small, and fits easily in my bag. Making it a favorite gift I like to give to some of my mama friends.
Now it’s your turn, friends! What are some of your favorite and easy pumpkin decorating ideas for toddlers and kids this season? Share them all with us in the comments below!