A Simple Pumpkin Collage for Preschoolers

We personally prefer our Halloweens on the cute rather than creepy end of the scale – that’s why we loved making this pumpkin collage!

All you need is some cardboard from your recycling box and any orange, black and green craft resources that you might have.

This simple pumpkin collage craft is ideal for preschoolers and is a great way to work on developing fine motor skills whilst doing something creative.

An overhead view of the pumpkin collage. Visable are two pumpkins cut from cardboard with orange tissue paper, black felt and wax crayons

Pumpkin Collage Suggested Resources

Listed below are the items we used in our own pumpkin collage, however you don’t have to follow this list exactly. Take stock of what you have in your craft and recycling boxes and see what materials you can use up in your own craft.

Sometimes, part of the joy of crafting with preschoolers, is using up items that you have already.

  • cardboard canvas – we used an old pizza box
  • orange tissue paper
  • black felt / card / paper
  • orange card / paper
  • paint sticks / crayons in orange, green and black
  • washable paints
  • oil or wax crayons
  • brushes
  • pva glue / glue stick
  • scissors

A 6 year old girl in a purple shirt adds some finishing touches to a pumpkin collage by adding black paper

How to make this Pumpkin Collage

A little bit of preparation upfront can go along way when it comes to crafting with kids. It’s always best to prepare the resources, as listed below, first, rather than scramble around trying to do everything on the go. By presenting the craft as an invitation, your child will be able to easily see all of the resources that are on offer to them.

  • Cut your ‘cardboard canvas’ into a basic pumpkin shape – older children might like to draw the pumpkin themselves.
  • Prepare the collage resources – rip tissue paper into smaller pieces and cut card/ paper into smaller shapes.
  • To make a jack-o-lantern collage, cut out eye, nose and mouth shapes with the black card/ felt.
  • Present resources as an ‘invitation to create’ so your child can put their own stamp on the activity!

a pumpkin collage made by a 4 year old boy. This isn't as detailed with only a small amount of orange paper -in fact, it looks more like a skull


Educational Benefits

The beauty of this type of craft invitation is the fact you can meet the child where they are at creatively. Rather than being a step-by-step craft, the children get to choose what to place on their pumpkin.

As you can see from the photo above, my 4 four year old son’s creation looks more like a skull than a pumpkin – and this is okay! There was no pressure from me for my children to create identical crafts.

Other benefits include:

Fine motor skills development: tearing up the paper and sticking it onto the card

Creativity: deciding which materials to use and where to place them

Speech and language: learning new theme related words such as ‘pumpkin’ and ‘Jack-o-lantern’


At Home Autumn Art & Sensory Camp

If you enjoyed this pumpkin collage post and wanted to find more fun Autumn themed activities, check out the At Home Autumn Art & Sensory Camp in my membership group. If you would like to access the content, you can check it out here. 

This image shows a timetable for an Autumn art & sensory camp. The pumpkin hammer art is one of the activities included


Autumn Blog posts to read next:

You might also enjoy some of our other Autumn posts. Most are suitable for both toddlers and preschoolers:

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt story basket

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt pre-writing skills  activity 

21 Autumn Ideas for the Entire Family

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Autumn Loose Parts Play

Autumn Preschool Leaf Cutting Tray

Apple Playdough Activity

Farm Playdough Ideas

Sunflower Sensory Play Activity 

Pumpkin Hammer Art 

Pumpkin Gloop 

Simple Autumn Sensory: Pumpkin soup

You can also search the keyword ‘Autumn’ in the blog search bar for the most up-to-date Autumn blog post listing.


Interested in learning more?

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Sian Thomas
an image of This Playful Home founder, Sian Thomas. The photo includes a photo of her daughter when she was around 18 months old

I’m Siân (rhymes with yarn), a play advocate, proud parent to three, and former teacher. My mission is to infuse more joy and less overwhelm into the lives of parents. Discover play-based activities with me that not only make learning FUN but also forge deep connections with your young learners, creating memories to cherish forever.