First grade is not kindergarten. These projects ain’t no joke. Having two kids means double the work for me, but at least this was a fun one that benefited both myself and my girls. Unlike Mackenzie’s Tinkerbell pumpkin, Caroline’s “Pigeon” had a lot of great variations to work off of on Pinterest.
No Carve Pigeon Pumpkin
Are your kids into the Mo Willems series of books? I had never heard of them until my girls went to school. They’re quite cute and fun for kids to read. The first series I was introduced to starred the pigeon, but there is also a series starring Gerald (an elephant), Piggie, and Duckling. Caroline chose The Pigeon Wants a Puppy (I Really Do!) because her class is the “puppy” class of first grade. Gotta love a kid who knows her teacher and their class theme!
Supplies for the Pigeon Pumpkin
Also unlike the Tinkerbell pumpkin, the shapes for Pigeon were easier to freehand and figure out based on drawings and other examples I found online. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Craft Pumpkin (any color is fine)
- Foam ball
- Yellow, White, and Black foam paper or construction paper
- Paper towel or toilet paper roll
- Blue Spray Paint (We used Krylon Blue Bonnet)
- Black Pipe Cleaners
- Hot Glue & Hot Glue Gun
Directions for Pigeon Making
First, spray paint your pumpkin. While you are spraying it down, go ahead and spray your paper towel/toilet paper roll tube and foam ball as well.
While that is drying, trace the wings of the pigeon on the white foam paper. This is where Caroline helped me out. Spraying paint wasn’t as easy as it looked, and she was much better at cutting out the shaped I needed. Sarah’s Tip: Foam paper was my friend for this project. It was sturdier than plain paper or even construction paper, but if you’re wanting to save time and money, use what you have.
When giving the pumpkin, foam ball, and tube a second paint coating, go ahead and coat the wings too. Allow everything to dry between coats. As the paint is drying, trace and cut large white circles for the eyes and small black circles for the pupils. Children can cut these out and glue them together with regular glue. For the “beak,” I cut a triangle, but then had to cut it into a curve at the bottom edge so it would lay flat on the foam ball.
Finally, it’s time to assemble! Glue all the pieces on (foam ball, eyes, beak, wings, paper tube) with hot glue. Sarah’s Tip: Glue the “head” on the “neck” before you glue the “neck to the pumpkin stem.
The legs can be a little tricky, so feel free to improvise for yourself. I took two pipe cleaners and twisted them around at the bottom to create the “feet,” and then hot glued them to the bottom of the pumpkin. They didn’t stay attached as long as I’d hoped, so I ended up using black electrical tape to hold them on. You gotta do what you gotta do, right? I’m happy to report that both pumpkins survived carpool drop off and being walked down the hallway to class. Whew!
More Halloween Fun
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