Melted Crayon Pumpkin decorating is a fun experience for kids (and adults) of all ages. This no-carve crayon art pumpkin decorating project is gorgeous and it’s also lots of fun to make! Check out these crayon dripped pumpkins made by Miranda Hamilton’s Pre-K class.
Here are the supplies you will need to create melted crayon pumpkins.
- Real Pumpkin – (you could also use a white pumpkin, or paint one for really pretty pumpkin in the end!)
- Crayons – (a great way to use up any broken crayons you might have lying around)
- Hair Dryer to melt the crayons
- Hot Glue Gun
- Paper Plates
- Permanent Marker
Ask your local grocery store if they are willing to donate small pumpkins to your classroom. If that’s not an option, you may also consider asking parents to send one small pumpkin to school with their child.
Place each child’s pumpkin on a paper plate. You can write the children’s names on the plates with your permanent marker so you will know which one belongs to whom. You may also choose to write each child’s name directly on the bottom of each pumpkin.
How to Make a Melted Crayon Pumpkin
First, soak your old crayons in water overnight. The next day, the wrappers will easily peel off the crayons.
Then, break your crayons up into pieces and hot glue the crayon pieces around the top of the pumpkin.
You will need to cover your work area with newspaper, garbage bag, or drop cloths to protect the walls, floors, and furniture from any melted crayon splatter.
Before you begin using the hair dryer, you and your students will need to put on paint smocks or other protective clothing to avoid crayon splatter. Goggles from the dollar store will help protect the eyes from hot wax.
Finally, with close supervision, help the children aim the hair dryer to melt the crayons.
Allow the hot wax drippings to dry thoroughly before allowing the children to touch the pumpkins.
More Halloween Ideas
- 5 Little Pumpkins Halloween Sensory Bin – Your little learners will have a blast retelling the rhyme Five Little Pumpkins with this Halloween themed sensory bin! They’ll be developing their fine motor and oral language skills as they retell the rhyme. Setting up this sensory bin experience at home or in your preschool classroom is super simple and loads of fun!
- Halloween Sensory Bin with Spaghetti – Need Halloween sensory play ideas for your preschool classroom? You can make this easy colored spaghetti for a super fun Halloween themed sensory bin. This squishy Halloween sensory spaghetti is sure to be a big hit with your kids!
- Halloween Sensory Bottle – Halloween can be loads of fun in the classroom with all the cute crafts and activities. Here’s a super quick and easy Halloween sensory bottle you can make to help kids who may become overstimulated by all the activity in the classroom during this time of year.
- Halloween Fine Motor Activities for Preschool – Kids can use fine motor skills all day, but doing the same thing over and over can cause children to lose interest. These activities are fun experiences for October that will help build fine motor skills. These are perfect for a fall theme or Halloween theme. And, since many of the items are from the dollar store, you can stock up your morning work baskets or centers.
- Planting Pumpkin Seeds in a Pumpkin- Have you ever planted pumpkin seeds with your class? Check out this awesome experiment Denise Hoefer did with her class.