To make the fingerprints, I helped Luke (4) and Lilah (3) dip their fingers into the paint drippings left over from our Perfect Painted Pumpkins.
L&L made 5 pumpkins fingerprints each onto white paper to represent the 5 pumpkins from the book, The Five Little Pumpkins.
I love how the paint colors are all swirled together. Just beautiful!!
We let the pumpkins fingerprint cards dry, and then the kids chose a green or brown colored pencil and drew stems onto their pumpkins. We glued the white paper onto half sheets of orange construction paper folded into a card and pressed them under a book for awhile. Card stock would have been better, but we were out.
On the inside of the cards, the kids got some beginning writing practice! I wrote “Happy Halloween” in pencil on the card for my 3 year old to trace with a crayon. Then I wrote her name on a separate piece of paper to look at while she wrote her name all by herself at the bottom of the card. This was the first time she ever wrote her name without tracing it! Proud mama here!!
For the 4 year old, I wrote the word “HAPPY” on a separate piece of paper and drew a line onto his orange card so he’d know the space available for writing his word. He used a pencil to write so we could erase any mistakes if needed, though he didn’t make any.
Once he had finished “HAPPY,” I wrote “HALLOWEEN” on a separate piece of paper and drew a second line for him. I figured he wouldn’t be able to fit the whole word, so I left enough space we could add a 3rd line if needed, and it turns out we did!
When he finished, he wrote his name at the bottom independently, and then traced over all his letters with crayons. I wrote his words in all caps because he is using the Pre-K Handwriting Without Tears program and they use all capital letters.
We left the fronts of our pumpkins fingerprint cards plain and the kids were super excited to deliver them to their recipients. I think they turned out very cute and L&L were proud of them! If I wasn’t waiting on my printer ink to arrive in the mail, and we hadn’t been in such a hurry to get out the door to deliver the cards, we probably would have added some words to the front like this:
Choose your favorite image of our pumpkins fingerprint cards to add to one of your boards on Pinterest! Even if you can’t fit the project in this year, it’s never too late to start getting ready for next! 🙂
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