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.