Hammer and Nails Pumpkin

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

halloweenhammerandnailspumpkin

Since it's still quite warm here in Texas, I think it's too early to carve a pumpkin unless you want to risk a truly scary pumpkin complete with moldy stench.  But I have had the itch to decorate a pumpkin, and the pumpkins at our grocery store only cost a few dollars, so we could afford to decorate few.

A hammer, nails, and a marker are the only materials needed to decorate our first pumpkin this Halloween.

Miss E drew the pumpkin's face with a Sharpie.



Since the little Miss is a novice at hammering, I hammered each of the nails along the outline of the pumpkin's face by lightly tapping the nail into the pumpkin just a bit. She hammered the nails all the way into the pumpkin. Older, more experienced children could start each of the nails on their own.


Miss E loves her Jack 'O Nails, and she has plans to paint the rest of it.



This activity is great for kids who don't enjoy the icky, gooey insides of the pumpkin. It works on the building a child's arm strength with hammering, and their fine motor skills by aiming the hammer onto the head of the nail.

Check out the Halloween Traditions Link Up at JDaniel4's Mom.

6 comments:

Brooke @ Let Kids Create said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This looks like a lot of fun. We carved our pumpkins last week and they are a moldy mess - very spooky though. (and we are having cooler weather in Utah)

Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness. We will have to give this a try.

Laura @Art For Little Hands said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Such a great idea. So unique and nice to not have to carve the pumpkin. I also love that you let her have the hammer. I bet she loved doing it. Hope you come back to Monday Madness again tomorrow.

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Laura, I will definitely stop by Monday Madness tomorrow. Thank you for stopping by here and checking out our pumpkin! She loved it and didn't want to give up hammering even after she said her arm was a bit tired. =)

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you, Brooke, for hopping on over here from the linky party. You may just end up having to carve another pumpkin. ;)

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

JDaniel would love this activity! We are so going to try it.

Thank you for linking up to Halloween Traditions!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

JDaniel4'sMom, I bet it would be a great activity for your little boy! It's a great way to play with a pumpkin after it has been carved too. Thank you for coming by here.

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