Toddler Activities: Halloween Pumpkin


Toddler Activities using tissue and Elmer's glue, make a Halloween Jack-o-Lantern.


Tissue Jack-o-Lantern
  • Black Construction Paper

  • Pencil

  • Orange Tissue Paper

  • Green Tissue Paper

  • Elmer's Glue

  • Small dish and brush

  • Acrylic Spray (optional)

Helpful Items

  • Scissors
  • Small tray, plate or container for the tissue squares
  • Newspaper to work on
  • Art smock or old shirt


making a tissue Jack-o-Lantern Picture
  • Draw a pumpkin shape with pencil on the black paper. Show your child the outlines.
  • In a small dish put about a tablespoon of Elmer's glue and about two teaspoons of water. Mix thoroughly with brush.
  • Brush half the pumpkin with the Elmer's glue mixture. A brush about 3/4 inch wide works well.
  • Lay tissue squares onto the glue. Brush another light coat of Elmer's glue over the tissue gently.
  • Add a second of tissue. Again lightly brush the tissue with glue. Add a third layer if you want more color or leave it a little more sheer with just two.
  • Brush glue on the other half of the pumpkin. Lay squares again in two or three layers.
  • Add green tissue for the stem.
  • Brush over entire picture lightly to seal all edges.
  • Glue on eyes, nose and mouth cut from black construction paper.
  • Let dry.
  • For a light shine, spray with acrylic spray in well ventilated area. (Adult only)

Tips and Suggestions

If your child is a young toddler you can brush on the glue and let your child just lay the tissue on the glue.

Other Ideas

Make other Halloween subjects like a ghost with white tissue or a black cat on orange construction paper, a bat on white.

Educational Tip

Read a Halloween story about a pumpkin. Have your child give their pumpkin a name or have your child tell you a simple sentence about the pumpkin and write it for him or her on another sheet of paper.