Crafting with Kids: Book O'Lanterns

October 24, 2014

This month's craft is really just an idea -- one that you and your family can use to make your own decorated pumpkin.  The idea came from wanting a contest for children to do for Halloween that was less messy than actually carving pumpkins, like some branches have done in the past.  

We decided to have children to paint or decorate a pumpkin to look like a book character to be judged at each location.  We weren't sure what kinds of pumpkins we were going to get, but so far we've had the following:

  • The Cat in the Hat

  • Clifford

  • Elmo

  • Fly Guy (from Tedd Arnold)

  • Junie B. Jones

  • the Lorax (from Dr. Seuss)

  • and the Pigeon (from Mo Willems' books)

Need some ideas?  How about classic picture book characters like Pete the Cat, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Max from Where the Wild Things Are, Maisy Mouse, or Froggy?  Older kids could try out characters from chapter books like Captain Underpants, Wilbur from Charlotte's Web, or even Harry Potter.

Check out this one of everyone's favorite wimpy kid!

You could also go slightly out-of-the-box and make the coconut tree from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom or the bus from any number of versions of The Wheels on the Bus, like this one from Jane Cabrera.

We can't wait to see what else gets turned in over the next few days!  With a bit of paint, a little glue, and a whole lot of imagination, you too can make your very own Book O'Lantern! 

Each branch location will be judging their own entries, and 1st and 2nd place prizes are going to be awarded in two categories: ages 6 & under and ages 7-12Winners will be chosen on Monday, October 27th, with the Book O'Lanterns remaining on display through Halloween Day, on Friday, October 31st.

We'll try and post pictures of the winning characters, so stay posted.  Even if you miss the contest, you can still have fun making your own Halloween Book O'Lantern!

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