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Fun and Easy Pumpkin Thanksgiving Cards

You may not be able to get together with family or friends this year for Thanksgiving, but you and your children can brighten your days and theirs with these fun and easy pumpkin Thanksgiving cards. They print up quickly, so you can make lots and send them out with encouraging verses.

Supplies

  • card stock or heavy-duty construction paper
  • 2 or 3 apples, fairly round in shape
  • orange tempera paint or red and yellow to make orange
  • a plastic container to mix paint
  • medium sized brushes
  • green and brown markers
  • googly eyes or white paper to make eyes
  • envelopes

Directions

      1. cut apples in half
      2. cut and fold card stock or construction paper to fit the envelopes you have
      3. if you don’t have orange paint, mix yellow and red paint to make orange. Be sure to start with yellow and add just a little red at a time
      4. with the paint brush spread the orange paint on the face of the apple and press straight down on paper to make the print (you may want to practice on some scrap paper first to see how much paint and pressure you need. Encourage children not to move the apple around on the paper, but don’t stress out if they do. The pumpkins will still be cute and lovable because you and your children made them!)

    While the pumpkins dry, Molly wants you to be sure to look at her posing next to a pumpkin in her artist beret at the end!

    1. after the pumpkins are dry, add stems, leaves and tendrils with green and brown markers
    2. add googly eyes (if you don’t have these cut out round or oval pieces of white paper, glue to pumpkins and color in some “dots” with marker)
    3. add a mouth under the eyes

That’s it—Fun and Easy!!

Now open up the card and add encouraging messages, more pumpkins, a picture of your family, a turkey, verses from Scripture.

Here are a few Scripture selections to get you started: all are from the NIV

Psalm 100

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

2           Worship the Lord with gladness;

come before him with joyful songs.

3           Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

4           Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

5           For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations.

his faithfulness continues through all generations.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Chronicles 16:8-12

Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;

make known among the nations what he has done.

9           Sing to him, sing praise to him;

tell of all his wonderful acts.

10         Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

11         Look to the Lord and his strength;

seek his face always.

12         Remember the wonders he has done,

his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

    Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

his love endures forever.

    Psalm 62:5-8

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;

my hope comes from him.

6           He alone is my rock and my salvation;

he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

7           My salvation and my honor depend on God;

he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

8           Trust in him at all times, O people;

pour out your hearts to him,

for God is our refuge.

Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.

Variation:

Use these cards at each person’s place on Thanksgiving day.  Write the person’s name on the outside. Inside write headings such as Blessings, Prayer Requests, Things that have been hard this year, Ways God has helped us this year, etc.

Molly and I hope you enjoy making these Fun and Easy Pumpkin Thanksgiving Cards and sending them with encouraging verses for you and your family and friends.

 

Molly preping for her pictures! She loves dressing up in her
artist beret!

Molly is all set to celebrate Thanksgiving! Her ears are just right for holding the beret in place!

Molly and I also hope to see you back soon for Art to help you celebrate Christmas!

Make a Colorful Painting of Fall Leaves to Hang on Your Fridge

Winter may be coming, but your children can make a colorful fall painting to hang on your fridge to brighten wintry days ahead.

In this project children will:

  • Learn how to draw a tree
  • Have fun mixing yellows and reds to make orange; reds and blues to make burgundy. They can discover that adding a little brown to yellow gives them a golden color.
  • Choose and experiment with different tools that are easy for little hands to use.

And this art activity can help your children in other areas of learning, because:

  • Opportunities to make choices with color and tools, as in this activity, enhances problem-solving skills.
  • Discussing their choices as they work aids in vocabulary and conversational skills.

Supplies

  • Red, yellow, blue, brown, and green tempera paint and containers for mixing paint
  • blue and green construction paper (for the variation explained below, you’ll need purple and a darker blue)
  • markers or crayons
  • pencils
  • scissors
  • glue stick or white glue
  • round brushes, clothespins to hold cotton balls, Q-tips held together with a rubber band, and small pieces of damp sponge

Directions

  1. For the background cut a wavy piece of green paper and glue it to the bottom of the blue paper. This is the foreground on which the tree stands.
  2. For the tree use a pencil to draw a simple Y tree. You can see this in the photo. On the left is a tree of single lines, each branch formed by the letter Y. In the tree on the left you can see how those lines are thickened to form the tree.
  3. Color the tree with crayons or markers using different browns, grays, and even a little black. Add some greens below to suggest grass.
  4. Mix the paint in shallow containers.  
  5. Let your children try different tools on scrap paper first to discover the different effects they will get. Sometimes the marks will look better after dabbing on scrap paper first.
  6. After they have experimented, they can paint colorful fall leaves all over the branches of the trees and falling onto the ground below.

Helpful Hints: If possible, before starting this project, go outside and look closely at some trees to observe the following:

  • All the colors and textures in the bark
  • How the branches get thinner as they get farther from the trunk
  • How leaves may have mixtures of greens and yellows or reds, as the chlorophyll is no longer being produced.
  • It might also help to stand in front of a tree and look into the distance while you explain that the tree next to them and the one they’ll do in their painting are large as we would expect. But things farther away look smaller in real life and will in their painting, too.

Help your children experiment with mixing and creating new colors from the ones they have. Show them that when you make a color like orange, mix just a little bit of the darker color (in this case, red) into the lighter color, yellow. The other way around, and you’ll find yourself having to use way more of the lighter color and may never get the light mix you want.

Hints for Clean Up:

Have a large plastic container to put the tools in when finished so you can easily throw away used Q-tips and cotton balls and wash the rest in the sink.

Variations:

If you and your children wish, you may add the other two landscape distances to the green foreground of their picture. Add blue water for the middleground and purple or gray mountains for the background. You can also use one of the tools and white paint to add some clouds.

Molly hopes you enjoy Making a Colorful Painting of Fall Leaves to Hang on Your Fridge, We’d love to hear what your favorite part of this project was!

Molly and I hope to see you right back here soon for a Fall Art Project for Older Children!