Pumpkin (Spice) Things Up With These Kid-Friendly Pumpkin Ideas

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Pumpkin (Spice) Things Up With These Kid-Friendly Pumpkin IdeasOh my gourd! Halloween is right around the corner and we are all trying to get all of our last minute pumpkin fun in before the spooky season is over. If your kids aren’t old enough to carve their own pumpkins or you are just looking for something new to try, here are a few fun ideas to give’em pumpkin to talk about.

Pumpkin Dip

Ok so just creepin’ it real, baking can be a stressful activity to do with kids, but this is a yummy dip using pumpkin that the kids can help make and eat. Even if you aren’t a pumpkin lover, you may find this treat eerie-sistible.

Ingredients:

1 (15 ounce) can of pumpkin

1 (5 ounce) package of instant vanilla pudding mix

½ Tbs pumpkin pie spice

1 (16 ounce) container of Cool Whip

Graham crackers or Cinnamon Graham Crackers

Instructions:

1.  In a large bowl, beat together pumpkin, vanilla pudding mix, and pumpkin pie spice.

2. Fold in Cool Whip.

3. Keep in the refrigerator until serving and serve with graham crackers or ginger snaps. Bone appetit.


Mini Pumpkin Lanterns

Get your Halloween party startled and light up your event with this luminary pumpkin craft or string them onto a necklace and glow while you go trick or treating.

Supplies:

Orange ping pong balls

Flashlight keychains

Black sharpie

Scissors

String (if hanging or making a necklace)

Instructions:

1. Draw a jack-o-lantern face on your ping pong balls with your sharpie.

2. Cut a whole in the top of your ball large enough for the light of the key chain to fit into.

3. Clip the key chain to the desired spot or string them onto a necklace.

4. Turn on the flashlight and let them glow.


Pumpkin Slime

Don’t throw away those pumpkin guts when carving your pumpkins. I normally don’t make or let my kids play with slime (for obvious reasons), but I am Mummy of the year when we recycle our pumpkin insides and turn it into an activity.

Supplies:

6oz clear Elmer’s Glue

1 Tbsp water

1 tsp baking soda

½ cup pumpkin seeds and guts

2 Tbs contact solution (with boric acid)

Instructions:

1. In a mixing bowl, combine glue and water.

2. Mix in pumpkin seeds and guts.

3. Mix in baking soda.

4. Mix in the contact solution as an activator. The slime will start to form right away and become firm. Keep stirring and manipulating the slime. If it’s still too sticky, add more contact solution. Eventually, you will get a jiggly fun Halloween slime! Be scareful how you use it.


Melted Crayon Pumpkin

My kids love painting pumpkins, but have you ever tried to pumpkin spice things up and do a melted crayon pumpkin?

Supplies:

White pumpkin

Crayons

Hot glue gun

Hair dryer

Instructions:

1. Peel the paper off of the crayons.

2. Hot glue the crayons to the top of the pumpkins (we chose rainbow colors).

3. Make sure your pumpkin is in a box or on a covered surface so you don’t get wax everywhere.

4. Use the blow dryer to melt the crayons.

5. Remove the crayons and let dry. Now your pumpkin is looking gourd-geous.

I hope you find these ideas easy as pumpkin pie! I also hope my Halloween puns didn’t drive you batty. What fun activities do you do with your pumpkins? Have a spook-tacular Halloween and keep calm and pumpkin on!

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Hey guys! I'm Dominique! I am originally from Alaska but grew up in Madisonville, TN. I lived in Chattanooga for 4 years while attending UTC majoring in Communications. After graduation, I moved to Knoxville to start my career and now have landed in North Knoxville where I have been for the past 10 years. I am a wife and the stay-at-home momma bear to two wild curly haired girls. I temporarily became a stay-at- home mom after I had my second child, with plans to return to the work force in the future but I am super excited to start this blogging adventure. I enjoy crafting and being creative! You can always find me trying new activities and crafts with my kids on my Facebook Page Create_Imagine_Play. I am a huge extrovert and enjoy meeting new people so we are always out and about when we can be. I love kickboxing, drinking my bean water (coffee), and trying new recipes. I look forward to sharing my highs and lows as a mom with you and hope to be an inspiration.

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