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Today I’ve got a cute idea for decorating your pumpkins this year that will also develop kids’ fine motor skills. Check out our hardware-decorated Halloween pumpkins for some inspiration!
Note: For more kid-friendly Halloween activities, see my Halloween activities for Kids page.
CAUTION! As with any activity, you will need to determine if this activity is safe for your child given his or her developmental level, fine motor skills, and ability to use the materials safely. Provide appropriate safety gear and adult supervision at all times when doing this activity.
I prepared the activity by setting a small pumpkin on a tray with a hammer. (Also make sure your children use appropriate eye protection!)
I also set out containers with a variety of nails, screws, pins, washers, and other items I picked up in bulk from the hardware store.
The kids were game to get to work on their hardware-decorated pumpkins.
They used the pushpins to hold some items in place.
And they used the hammer to nail other items in place.
They got extremely creative with their decorations, and had a blast filling their pumpkins with as many decorations as they could.
And this is how their pumpkins turned out!
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More Halloween resources
More Halloween posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Books about Halloween
- Mason jar jack-o-lantern
- Candy experiments
- Halloween Montessori activities
- Toilet paper mummies
- Pumpkin decomposition experiment
- Describe a pumpkin using all five senses
- Jack-o-lantern Printables Pack
- Halloween Bingo
- Halloween do-a-dot printables
- Halloween Sudoku
- Pumpkin outlines