Avoiding Pumpkin-Related Injuries!

I don’t know about you but here at Art Explorers HQ we have been getting rather excited about Halloween.  My own mini explorers came home from the grandparents house the other day with a beautifully carved pumpkin each.  Poor Grandad had been very busy!  They had apparently designed the faces and then Grandad had carved them out.  This is the annual problem that parents of any child below knife-wielding age face…kids get so excited about carving a pumpkin only to discover that it is impossible/dangerous for them to do it themselves. Cue parents up and down the and covered form head to toe in pumpkin detritus with RSI from carving ridiculously intricate features (‘no, it needs to be a STAR shape!’).  Accordingly, I have been having a think about alternatives.  Although it is lovely to have a pumpkin glowing outside your house, it is also nice to have an activity that busy fingers can get on with independently.

Here is a great idea that will also help develop those fine motor skills.  Children love wrapping activities and googly eyes so this is perfect!


And here’s a messier one but they look amazing.  Just grab your paint and off you go!


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Have fun and please share any ideas either below or on our facebook page

Scissor Skills Pumpkin

Hi folks. I have been busy recently planning for our mini classes next half term and I have come across so many fantastic ideas that it seems a shame to keep them to myself! I am going to try to use this blog to share at least one great arty, crafty activity each week that you can try at home with your little ones.  If you make something great or just have a lot of fun doing it (that’s the main aim at the end of the day) the it would be great to see the results.  You can share them to our  facebook page or comment below and maybe let us know what worked well (and what didn’t!).  The aim is to get a little community of like-minded parents and carers sharing hints and tips and getting creative.

So, as Halloween is just around the corner, it seems fitting that the first offering is pumpkin based!  This is a great activity for developing your little one’s scissor skills.  People are sometimes surprised that we have ‘real’ scissors at our mini classes but learning to use scissors safely is an important skill.  It is also fabulous for developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. All you need for this one is some green and orange paper, scissors, pen, ruler and a couple of split pins.  Make lots in different sizes and use them to get your house ready for the 31st.  Let me know how you get on!

Scissor Skills Pumpkin

A cute and easy pumpkin craft that is great for scissor skills - a simple halloween craft for kids.:

Weirdly (for someone who is a teacher) I always love ‘back to school’ time.  It’s such a great feeling to start afresh.  Especially when it comes to stationary and art materials!  With that in mind, I have just taken delivery of lots of great new materials for the new term at Art Explorers. As the new topic is ‘Myself’ this has included a whole new set of lovely skin coloured paints which will be put to good use as the term progresses. I have also been doing some planning and thinking about activities related to the senses…painting with spices anyone?  Brushes with bells on?  It’s going to be fun!