Drip Painting Pumpkins with Preschoolers

My favorite craft activities are super simple, low-fuss, no-stress kinds of things we can all do together — like this drip pumpkin painting project we did last week.

Here's a pumpkin craft perfect for preschoolers I’ve seen the idea a few times on Pinterest and just knew it would be a great project we could all get involved with and have a good time in the process. What I wasn’t prepared for, was all the gorgeous drippage! Seriously, I could have stared at those swirling colors for hours, the kids too. We were mesmerized, who knew painting pumpkins could be so therapeutic.

Preshoolers will love this colorful, messy, fun pumpkin craft To make a puddle of psychedelic paint of your own, you’ll need a few of your favorite colors of craft paint, a pumpkin, a piece of cardboard and something for the pumpkin to sit on (I used a small plastic container). (We used a craft pumpkin so we could keep displaying these for years to come! Just wait till you see our next one)

To make your drip paint pumpkin, just squirt and squeeze. There’s really no wrong way to do this, but we all really enjoyed getting the paint up close to curve of the pumpkin and watching it ooze over the edge and drip down the sides!
Drip Painting Pumpkins with PreschoolersIf you make a drip paint pumpkin of your own, let me know or share a pic with me on Facebook — we’d love to see it!


Stacy is seeing the world in a whole new way – through the eyes of her children. She writes about the little things, the big things and all the “stuff” in between at Kids Stuff World.

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  1. says

    What’s more fun that squeezing gobs of paint all over something and watching it drip down? I’m sure my kids are tired of hearing me gripe about keeping things clean in our house all the time. Giving them this chance to get a pumpkin messy with drippy paint would be so satisfying to them. We’ve got to try this!

    • says

      Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you had a great time with your kids. We all had a good time and I ate way too much. I have to go to bed early tonight bsacuee I have to be at work at 4:15 in the morning and work until 4:15. Black Friday! Thats what I get for working in retail! It will be fun though! Hugs,Lee Laurie

  2. Erin says

    We tried this craft this week, but must have chosen the wrong paints. I got a few tubes of acryllic but instead of dripping down the pumpkin in glopped out and stayed there. So we ended up using plastic straws as palette knives and scraped and spread it around the pumpkin for a different, but still cool effect.

  3. says

    I love that you used a craft pumpkin. Little Man painted pumpkins last year but we used real ones. Now I’m wishing we used fake ones so that I could keep them for years to come.

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