Posted by: Jacquie Fisher   

Fall Art Project for Kids: Textured Pumpkin Patch

Create this Pumpkin Patch craft using a textured art technique with items from around the house!

We had a great time with our September activitiy for the Online Kids Book Club.  The author of the month is Lois Ehlert and (after reading quite a few options :), we decided to read the story "Boo To You".  

The first thing we noticed (and LOVED) about this book was the depth and texture in the illustrations.  The author uses a variety of items to create the pictures including different types of paper, items from nature and photos of harvest items.

This inspired us to think about how we could create a seasonal piece of textured art!


 

 

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Create a Multi-Textured Pumpkin Patch Collage

 Boo to You! is the story is a cute little rhyming tale about two mice who are having a harvest party -- but there's an uninvited guest (the cat) that they want to scare away! 

 

The story is perfect for younger kids (ages 3 - 7 years) but the idea of using recycled and natural items for a collage is perfect for any age!

First, we collected a number of materials from around the house and yard.  You can also find items like these online or at a local craft store.  We've included affiliate links for some of the items in our supply list:

 

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We decided to create a picture of a pumpkin patch at night.  We used material from an old orange t-shirt to make some pumpkins.  Then we cut strips of green felt to use as vines.  You can see my daughter also painted in a pumpkin -- this is what creates the various textures -- not using the same items across the whole project.

Then pieces of wood bark from our flower garden were added as stems.

 

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The 'spooky' tree is one of my favorites!  We used an old baby sock for the tree trunk and then glued natural items on our 'tree'. 

 

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Our jack-o-lantern faces were made from cloth & have button eyes.  Kids will really enjoy using a variety of items and textures to create a beautiful picture.

My daughter had the wonderful idea of using denim material for the night sky and added in a moon made from bright yellow felt.  Love it!

Another option (if you have pumpkins in season) is to decorate a pumpkin with natural items like the two mice in the story!

Textured art is very easy to create.  You might remember those Fashion Plates kids we had as kids where you could put different plastic plates under a paper doll and rub to see the type of material or texture. 

For more seasonal textured art ideas, visit our 15 Fall-themed Texture Art Projects too!

 

And here are more activity ideas for many of Lois Ehlert's stories hosted by our wonderful co-bloggers:

 

 Happy Fall! 

~ Jacquie

Weekly Kids Co-op: Fall Fun
Theme Week: Autumn Equinox

Comments

 
Guest - Growing Book by Book on Monday, 17 September 2012 18:44

Super cute! Ehlert has so many wonderful books especially related to the fall season. Time to head to the library for some more of her books!

Super cute! Ehlert has so many wonderful books especially related to the fall season. Time to head to the library for some more of her books!
Guest - Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories on Monday, 17 September 2012 19:48

My son loved this book. Lois Ehlert does a great job with layering. Your piece turned out so great!

My son loved this book. Lois Ehlert does a great job with layering. Your piece turned out so great!
Guest - Michelle on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 02:56

This is such a great project. I can't wait to be able to do some of these kinds of things with my daughter. What an awesome collage!

This is such a great project. I can't wait to be able to do some of these kinds of things with my daughter. What an awesome collage!
Guest - Megan @ CoffeeCupsandCrayons on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 18:47

Love the collage!

Love the collage!
Guest - JDaniel4's Mom on Friday, 21 September 2012 19:53

This is such a pretty project. I would be tempted to frame it.

Please think about linking this post to Read.Explore.Learn on my blog.

This is such a pretty project. I would be tempted to frame it. Please think about linking this post to Read.Explore.Learn on my blog.
Guest - Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It on Tuesday, 25 September 2012 01:57

I love all the textures you used to create your pumpkins, most definately inspired by Lois Ehlert too. I know my daughters will love doing this project. Thank you so much for sharing and hosting the Virtual Book Club for Kids.

I love all the textures you used to create your pumpkins, most definately inspired by Lois Ehlert too. I know my daughters will love doing this project. Thank you so much for sharing and hosting the Virtual Book Club for Kids.
Guest - Anna @ The Measured Mom on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 16:23

Another great learning idea - you have such great content over here! Thanks so much for sharing at After School.

Another great learning idea - you have such great content over here! Thanks so much for sharing at After School.
Guest - Natalie on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 02:39

This is a brilliant idea! We also love this book. Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

This is a brilliant idea! We also love this book. Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!
Guest - Krissy @ B-Inspired Mama on Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:52

This is brilliant, Jacquie! So creative. If you haven't yet, I hope you'll stop over and link this up to the Perfectly Pumpkin Contest at B-Inspired Mama!

This is brilliant, Jacquie! So creative. If you haven't yet, I hope you'll stop over and link this up to the Perfectly Pumpkin Contest at B-Inspired Mama!
Guest - Carla on Thursday, 17 October 2013 20:08

I love how you used cloth for the jack o lanterns!! What a great kinesthetic activity!

I hope you'll consider linking it up at the Perfectly Pumpkin Contest this week! You can add it at http://preschoolpowolpackets.blogspot.com/2013/10/2013-perfectly-pumpkin-contest.html -- I hope we see you there!

I love how you used cloth for the jack o lanterns!! What a great kinesthetic activity! I hope you'll consider linking it up at the Perfectly Pumpkin Contest this week! You can add it at http://preschoolpowolpackets.blogspot.com/2013/10/2013-perfectly-pumpkin-contest.html -- I hope we see you there!
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