Oct 16

Five No Carve Jack-o-lanterns

by Hannah Holt »


Sharp knives and preschoolers don’t exactly mix, but my four-year-old loves jack-o’-lanterns. We’ll carve a pumpkin or three this year of course, but I’m not going to let him wield the knife… yet.

In lieu, I wanted a few more hands-on pumpkin opportunities for him. Here’s what we did instead.

1) Painted Jack

Supplies needed: Paints (we used acrylics) and brushes

2) Masquerade Jack

Supplies needed: A paper plate, paints, sequins, feathers, tape or glue (I did the cutting for him)

3) Crafty Jack

Supplies needed: Wiggly eyes, a pom-pom, a button, tape or glue

4) Modelling Clay Jack

We both had fun with this one.

Supplies needed: Modelling clay (It will stick to the pumpkin.)

5) Chalkboard Jack

Supplies needed: Chalkboard spray paint, chalk

My son had fun with all of these, but I asked him to pick a favorite. He chose the modelling clay activity (and that was the easiest to do). So there you have it. Easiest is best. Happy pumpkin season!

  1. Joanna

    FUN! This is the first year I will be celebrating Halloween and I am so excited!

    • Hannah Holt

      I think my favorite part is handing out treats at the door. I hope you get lots of visitors on Halloween.

  2. grandma weight

    cool ideas–I kind of like the chalk board one. I wonder if you can get glow in the dark chalk?

    • Hannah Holt

      Yes, there is such a thing as glow in the dark chalk. The kids have been begging me for it, but I haven’t caved yet.

  3. Heather Newman

    I love the chalkboard pumpkin! The ability to change the face multiple times is very appealing.

    • Hannah Holt

      It was my favorite. Although I noticed with the kids’ rough handling it started chipping after a couple of days. You could still draw a face on it (in fact the boys sequestered the chalkboard pumpkin in their room), but this might not be the best pumpkin for babies. I wouldn’t want anyone eating spray paint chips!

  4. Catherine Johnson

    They are awesome! We will probably carve one. We have some plastic things we put in one too like mr. Potato Head but my 4 yr old can’t stand them in and ripped them all out when she got home lol.

    • Hannah Holt

      Lol. I saw those sets in the store the other day but thought they made Elmo look rather obese.

  5. Susanna Leonard Hill

    What great alternatives to carving – so FUN! Thanks for sharing :)