Toddler School Project: Painted Rice Pumpkin

This week my daughter brought home a homework project from her preschool class. The teachers would like us to create a beautiful pumpkin using items around the house. Being the crafty girl that I am, I just dove right in.

Pumpkin Project

We decided that this “Family” craft was going to be a Painted Rice Pumpkin.

A simple project really, all you need at the following items:

  • One cut out pumpkin, preferably on card stock paper
  • Orange and brown acrylic paint
  • Elmers glue
  • Paintbrush or foam brush
  • Colored glitter
  • Spray adhesive, if you have it
  • Rice, white or brown
  • Plastic bowl and fork

Pumpkin Project Supplies


Pour some rice into a plastic or paper bowl and squeeze  a little orange acrylic paint on it. Using a plastic fork, stir the race around in order to make sure it’s completely covered with paint.

Pumpkin Project Brown Rice

With the foam brush, spread Elmers glue across the cardstock pumpkin (this is a perfect task for your youngster). Let them use the fork to spread a thin layer of painted rice on the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Project Orange Painted Rice

At this point you can use the adhesive spray to coat the rice, then sprinkled glitter over it.  Now do same steps with brown acrylic paint; paint the rice and spread it over the stump. For the leaf, you can use a one from the yard, a silk leaf or even cut out one from a piece of construction paper.

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