Pumpkin Project Supplies
- Construction paper in a variety of colors
- FREE pumpkin project template I have created for you. You can download that free template HERE.
Pumpkin Project Steps
Step #1: Start by printing the template I provided on the next page. If you have the resources, I suggest making copies on card stock or thicker paper to make the template pieces hold up longer. This project will work fine with regular copy paper if you don’t have card stock.
If you need a variation for younger students, you could print the template page on different colors of paper and then mix up the pieces for students. This would save your students the later step of cutting out the template and tracing it on construction paper.
Step #2: After you have printed the template page and made the copies you need, have your students carefully cut on the dotted lines to get seven shapes that fit together to make the pumpkin.
To save paper, you can have students work in groups and share template pieces. I added numbers to the template to save your students from having to number each piece. If you save the pumpkin pieces, you can pull them out next year and skip this step. I suggest storing the pumpkin pieces in envelopes and labeling them to use year after year.
Step #3: Once the template pieces are cut out, have your students trace the shapes onto different colors of construction paper. You can have them use random colors, or you can have them create a particular color scheme.
For example, students could use different shades of orange to create monochromatic pumpkins. Or you could give your students fall colors like orange, brown, and purple for their pumpkin colors. You can customize this project however you would like.
Step #4: Encourage your students to lay the pieces on their background color as they cut—but not glue them down until they have all the pieces cut out—to ensure they all fit before gluing. After the pumpkin pieces are traced and cut out of different colors of construction paper, your students will have something that looks like this:
Younger students who are using the template printed onto colored paper will have something that looks similar but with the printed numbers showing.
Once all the shapes are cut out, and the pumpkin is put together with beautiful colors of paper, have students glue down the pieces where they want them on their background color.
Here are some more action shots from Fourth and Fritcher and the pumpkins she made with her 4th graders! Their final pattern pumpkin project was marvelous. You can see all their pumpkins below!
Download the Free PDF Lesson Plan HERE.
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As always, thank you for making art with your students!