“Pick a Pumpkin” Shower Curtain Hook Pumpkins

shower curtain hook pumpkins art with pick a pumpkin book and real pumpkin decor

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A Beautiful Book & Shower Curtain Hook Pumpkins!

After reading Patricia Toht’s “Pick a Pumpkin” we decided to create pumpkin patch art using Shower Curtain Hooks! Super simple & great fine motor work, I’m excited to walk you through how we made this incredible pumpkin art, so let’s get started…

Summary of “Pick a Pumpkin”

inside look at "pick a pumpkin" with shower curtain ring artwork underneath

“Pick a Pumpkin” by Patricia Toht and beautifully illustrated by Jarvis is a wonderful new book about going pumpkin picking & all the joys of autumn. The vibrant illustrations draw you in and the rhythmic flow of the text that rhymes makes you feel all warm and fuzzy & reminiscent of the best parts of the season. A must read!

How We Made Shower Curtain Hook Pumpkins…

hand placing shower curtain rings on paper

We tend to keep the activities as simple as possible around here. We’re not interested in complicated or costly. We are also all about fostering independence. For this activity we simply placed the plastic shower curtain hooks onto the paper in the design we wanted, imagining they were pumpkins in a patch. Then we sprayed them with watered down orange paint & let them dry.

hand spraying orange watered down paint on shower curtain rings on paper on tray

Once they were dry, my daughter drew on her fingertip with a brown washable marker and stamped the top of the pumpkins where the stem would be. She re-drew and re-stamped each pumpkin; then washed her hands. That’s all there was too it, I did say it was super simple, right?! 😉

Wait?!? Am I Supposed To Be Making One Too?

I highly recommend getting hands on and doing art projects with your child. If you’d rather not, thats okay too, but please do not correct anything they do. If you want the art to look a certain way – make your own.

close up of shower curtain rings wet with orange paint becoming pumpkins

Especially if your child is little, its okay if it doesn’t turn out the way you imagined. Maybe its what they imagined. Also, its a process. They are learning. They will learn more through trial and error than if you correct them or do it for them. All they will learn if you “help” is that they didn’t do a good enough job on their own or they can’t do it; not exactly the message you want to give your kid. Am I right?!?

finger making brown stems on shower curtain hook pumpkins

Believe me, I know it can be really challenging to let them make “mistakes”. Try doing the project along side them. It will allow you to focus on your own work, give them appropriate modeling of how to use the materials, and show them that you like art too! A lot of what I talk about in “What about the Sensory Mess?” applies to Art projects as well, you might wanna check it out! I love how each artwork has its own identity. I would suggest Shower Curtain Hook Pumpkin Art if you’re looking for a very easy art activity to connect with your child.

Materials We Used

  1. “Pick a Pumpkin” by Patricia Toht (from the library or buy it here)
  2. Shower curtain hooks
  3. Powdered tempera paint
  4. Water
  5. Spray bottle
  6. Paper
  7. Washable marker
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How to Make Shower Curtain Hook Pumpkins?

  1. Lay the white paper on the tray.
  2. Place the shower curtain hooks onto the white paper.
  3. Add water to the spray bottle.
  4. Add orange powdered tempera to the water in the spray bottle.
  5. Shake the spray bottle.
  6. Spray the white paper and shower curtain hooks with the orange water.
  7. Try not to move the shower curtain hooks at all.
  8. Set them aside to dry.
  9. Once dry remove the rings.
  10. Color your fingertip with a brown washable marker and stamp it on top of each shower curtain hook pumpkins as a stem.
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