These DIY Pool Noodle Pumpkins are a fun fall craft to make with kids. There are also many ways for your little ones to use them for educational activities and games this fall.
Pool noodles are being discounted as summer comes to a close and now is a great time to grab up a half dozen or so for crafts that you can make all fall and winter long! These adorable and easy Pool Noodle Pumpkins lend themselves to tons of activities for your little ones. With just one orange pool noodle (that I picked up for $.30 on clearance) we were able to create a lot of cute little pumpkins for playtime and education activities as well!
Pool Noodle Pumpkins Tutorial
Your children can help make the pool noodle pumpkins, but an adult will have to cut the pool noodle into “pumpkins” with the knife.
orange pool noodle
wide craft sticks
green pipe cleaner
1. Slice pool noodle into varying lengths from 1″-6″.
2. Draw jack o’ lantern faces on each pumpkin.
3. Cut craft sticks into various sizes, tuck inside pool noodle hole in the center to make a stem.
4. Cut green chenille pipe cleaners into 2″ lengths for the vine, twist, and press one end into pool noodles.
6 Pool Noodle Pumpkin Activities
Once your kids have made their pool noodle pumpkins, they are ready to use for all sorts of free play or you can use one or more of the ideas below to extend the play and use them in fun learning activities.
Stack the pumpkins
Show your child how to stack and puzzle the pumpkin pieces together. This is a simple and fun activity that also helps build fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving skills.
Sort the pumpkins
Younger children can sort by height from small to large. They can also sort them by faces: silly, scary, etc.
Use the pool noodle pumpkins as stamps
Add a little bit of orange paint, some paper, and a green marker to your pool noodle pumpkin play and you can create an entire pumpkin patch with stamping.
Use your pumpkins for one-to-one correspondence, skip counting, or have them match the correct number of pumpkins to flashcards or magnet numbers that you set out.
Bath time play with pumpkins
Since pool noodles are already intended for water play they make a great bath time toy. They dry quickly, float, and are fun for little hands while scrubbing away the dirt. Remove wooden craft sticks before placing them in the water.
Dramatic play with pumpkins
Let your child use them for free play, to tell a story, or line them up in rows on a large sheet of green paper. They can also be placed in a sensory bin or used in any other way they can imagine! Let your child create the pumpkins themselves as well for an art project.
Things have been rather busy around here. Not so much on the blog, but the baby has kicked things into high gear. That’s what they do, right? But he’s so snuggly and squishy and these days are so few that it’s very much worth it. And we still managed to find some time for these fun Craft Stick Monsters!
A fun Halloween craft, I actually love monster crafts any time of year. I just do. All the eyes placed haphazardly, the assorted wild colors, the crazy hair, and the fact that you can make them any way you want because, well, they’re monsters. And monsters aren’t supposed to look ordinary.
These Craft Stick Monsters are made with craft sticks. That was obvious, right? Painted in assorted acrylic paint colors with googly eyes in various sizes. Then add bright construction paper hair and arms with a mouth drawn on in black sharpie, and you have a really fun and so easy that we can get it them done in one of the baby’s infamous 20 minute nap spurts.
Craft Stick Monsters
acrylic paint in assorted colors
googly eyes in various sizes
construction paper in assorted colors
black sharpie marker
First, line up 6 craft sticks side by side. Cut a piece of scrap paper to fit the width of the craft sticks and glue on back. This will hold the craft sticks together. Let dry.
Flip the glued together craft sticks over and paint in assorted colors. Let dry. Randomly glue on googly eyes in various sizes. Draw a mouth with the black sharpie.
Cut strips of construction and bend in an accordion fashion for the arms. Glue in place. Also cut a quadrilateral out of the construction paper to fit the width of craft sticks. Snip spikes or waves into the top of the paper and glue in place for hair.
We’ve made some fun monster crafts before, but this has to be another one of my favorites! Be sure to check out more of our
These coffee filter ghost lollipops are a cute and simple interpretation of the classic ghost made from tissue paper. A nostalgic and fun Halloween treat sure to be a hit with kids of all ages!
When I was a little kid, my mom and I would make kleenex tissue ghosts every Halloween. We didn’t use a lollipop for the heads, but instead we used a balled up tissue, and we would hang the ghosts up as part of our Halloween decorations. I was feeling a bit nostalgic this year, and I wanted to carry on the tradition with my boys, so I came up with this modern (and easy!) twist on my favorite classic!
These coffee filter ghost pops are so easy that the kids can make them all by themselves, and they make a great classroom Halloween treat!
SUPPLIES FOR COFFEE FILTER GHOST LOLLIPOPS:
Rounded Lollipops (we used Tootsie Pops, but Original Gourmet lollipops would be great, too.)
Small Rubber Bands
Thin Ribbon or Baker’s Twine
Black Sharpie Marker
For each ghost pop, I used three coffee filters. Wrap the coffee filters over the lollipop, and secure in place with a small rubber band. (Note: it’s okay if the rubber band is not very tight. It just helps to hold things in place for a moment.)
Tightly tie a piece of ribbon around the “neck” of the ghost, fluff up the under layers of the coffee filters, and use a black marker to draw the ghost’s face. Easy peasy!
These ghost lollipops are SO quick and easy that you could whip out enough Halloween treats for an entire classroom while watching a single episode of Stranger Things (have you seen it yet? It’s definitely worth a binge!). It was fun introducing my boys to this nostalgic holiday craft idea, and maybe some day (very, VERY far in the future!) they’ll carry on the tradition with their own families!
July 4th (also known as Independence Day or July 4th) has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of celebrating Independence Day dates back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted for independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted Thomas Jefferson’s historic document, the Declaration of Independence. From 1776 to the present, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth day of American independence, with celebrations ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. July 4, 2021 is Sunday, July 4, 2021; a federal holiday will be celebrated on Monday, July 5, 2021.
A History of Independence Day
When the Continental Congress met on June 7 at the Pennsylvania State Capitol (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, Virginia Representative Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies’ independence.
Amid heated debate, Congress delayed a vote on Lee’s resolution but appointed a five-member committee — including Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson, Massachusetts’ John Adams, Connecticut’s Roger Sherman, Pennsylvania’s Thomas Jefferson Benjamin Franklin and Robert R. Livingston of New York – to draft a formal statement justifying a break with Britain.
do you know? John Adams, who believes July 2 is an appropriate date to celebrate the birth of American independence, will reportedly turn down invitations to the July 4 event in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
On July 4, the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, largely written by Jefferson. Although the actual vote for independence took place on July 2, the 4th became the day to celebrate the birth of American independence.
Early Fourth of July Celebrations
In the years leading up to the Revolution, the colonists held an annual celebration of the king’s birthday, which traditionally included ringing of bells, bonfires, parades and speeches. By contrast, in the summer of 1776, some colonists celebrated the birth of independence by holding a mock funeral for King George III to symbolize the end of the monarchy’s grip on America and the triumph of liberty.
Celebrations such as concerts, bonfires, parades, and cannon and musket shooting often accompany the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, which begins immediately after its adoption. Philadelphia held its first annual Independence Memorial on July 4, 1777, and Congress remained preoccupied with the ongoing war.
George Washington issued double rum rations to all his soldiers on the anniversary of Independence in 1778, and in 1781, a few months before America’s decisive victory at the Battle of Yorktown, Massachusetts became the first state to bring seven States where the 4th of the month is a statutory holiday.
After the Revolutionary War, Americans continued to celebrate Independence Day each year, a celebration that allowed emerging political leaders of the new country to reach citizens and create a sense of unity. In the last decade of the 18th century, the two major political parties—the Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party—began to hold separate Fourth of July celebrations in many major cities.
Fourth of July Fireworks
The first fireworks were already in 200 BC. used. The Fourth of July fireworks tradition began with the first organized Independence Day celebration in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777. The naval gun fired a 13-gun salute in tribute to the 13 colonies. The Pennsylvania Evening Post reported: “That night there was a huge fireworks show (beginning and ending with 13 rockets) on the House of Commons, and the city was lit up with beautiful lights.” Fireworks go off over Boston Common.
Fourth of July Becomes a Federal Holiday
The tradition of patriotic celebrations spread further after the War of 1812, when America faced Britain again. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4 a federal holiday; in 1941, the rule was expanded to allow paid vacation for all federal employees.
The holiday’s political importance has declined over the years, but Independence Day remains an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism.
Since the end of the 19th century, the Fourth of July in midsummer has become a major focus of leisure activities and a common occasion for family reunions, often with fireworks and outdoor barbecues. The most common symbol of the festival is the American flag, and a common musical accompaniment is the American national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
What says Fourth of July sparkler better than gooey globs of glitter? The weather is finally warmer and my family has been going through popsicles like they are – well, candy (but, aren’t they kind of like candy anyway?). Instead of tossing the sticks, I’ve been saving them for this holiday craft.
Gather together a handful of popsicle sticks (or you can buy craft sticks if you don’t have any popsicles around) and get ready to help your child craft a sparkly patriotic flag. Although I personally am game for anything involving glitter and really don’t care much about the mess (well, I kind of mind picking sparkles off of the floor, table and my son’s clothes weeks later), prepping for this project means covering your work surface with something suitable to catch the teeny tiny shining specks. Use a garbage bag, newspaper or a sheet of scrap foam board.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
Cardboard – Reuse the side of an old box.
Popsicle or craft sticks
Clear drying school glue
Red, silver and blue glitter
Here’s What to Do:
Line the craft sticks up horizontally on the cardboard to make the flag’s stripes.
Glue the sticks to the cardboard. Let them dry.
Help your child to cut the cardboard around the sticks. Typically I prefer to have the child do all of the art-making for herself. But, in this circumstance the cardboard may be too tough for little hands to slice through. If your child is struggling, give her a hand with the cutting.
Paint a layer of glue over the craft sticks. Have your child squeeze a few quarter-sized dabs of glue on the top left side, spreading it out into a rectangle shape.
Sprinkle blue glitter over the glue. I find this best to do over a piece of paper. When your child is done crafting you can fold the paper and the left over glitter into a plastic baggie to use later.
Paint glue over the rest of the sticks.
Alternating red and silver, have your child sprinkle glitter over the stripes. Shake off the excess.
Let the glue dry.
Add star stickers to the blue area.
Paint another layer of glue over the entire project to seal in the sparkles.
You can use the artwork as a display piece for a July 4th get-together or even as coasters for cool drinks at a barbeque.