Sunday, October 17, 2010

sunday kids' craft: pumpkins, squash and gourds . . . oh my!

We live a few miles from the most glorious fall distraction ever . . . Pumpkinland.  Pumpkinland is our version of Disneyland.  (My kids don't know YET that Disneyland even exists.  Beware to anyone who tells them . . . I'm joking . . . sort of.) 

Pumpkinland has what you might expect . . . pumpkins, gourds, ornamental corn, etc.  But it has so much more:
  ~a huge corn maze
  ~a little kids' corn maze
  ~play structures . . . every Little Tikes playset and playhouse created
  ~a petting zoo with goats and mountain goats, lambs, llamas, geese, ducks, chickens, baby chicks, roosters, rabbits, puppies, kitties 
  ~pony rides for kids
  ~campfire area 
  ~hay bale playground . . . Who knew that hay bales could be so fun?!
  ~a ton of those picture-taking cutouts that you put your head into and you are suddenly a pumpkin, scarecrow, cat, etc.  
  -candy, cookies, hot chocolate, etc

We try to go there a few times every fall, and my two year old spends the entire time playing on the Little Tikes stuff . . . the same stuff she plays on at home or our friends' houses.  She could care less about the pony rides and the rabbits.  In fact, yesterday she took up residence in the little fireplace cottage and started refusing entrance to any other child who tried to get in.  It wasn't pretty!

Anyway . . . I got horribly off track . . . the point is that we also bring home pumpkins (and a few other odds and ends) when we go to Pumpkinland.  
And then we transform them (along with the squash) into faces or other works of art using permanent makers (we like to live on the edge. 

MummySquash is clearly my favorite.  She started out with a cute pink hat, However, with a few strips of white muslin, we transformed her into a cute mummy. 

Grandma and the girls also used stickers and glitter glue to work on these.

Craft on!


Katie Olthoff said...

How fun!!! They need a corn pool, now, too!

Adam did the same thing at the indoor playground. Played on the same darn tractor he has at home. :)

The stickers are such a great idea. We got some fall themed ones from the dollar section a few weeks ago and they'd be perfect!!!

Sandi Linn Andersen said...

Looks like lots of pumpkin fun. I like Grandma's stickers and glitter decorated pumpkins. I really love glitter. :-) Our house was a favorite of the neighborhood kids because I would let them use glitter. Some moms were not so fond of the sparkly stuff. :-) said...

Great memories with Grandma! They're very the mummy and the story of your 2yo in control of the Little Tikes Cottage..great visual :)

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

Oh goodness!!! I love those two squash the best - the mummy one and the one your daughter decorated. I love the pointed teeth along with the crown on that. Kind of an edgy princess squash. ;)

Jennifer Leigh said...

I love that Squash Mummy! I might have to try this. So cute!

Unknown said...

So fun! I saw a grandpa at a couple yard sales this summer who was collecting Mr. Potato head limbs and accessories for his grandkids to decorate pumpkins with. How smart is that?

and Pumpkinland sounds awesome. We went to our local place here for a hayride and maze... I thought it was a corn maze but it was a bunch of shipping crates stacked into a maze. Anyone over 4 ft tall could see out of the maze. Bunches of kids were on top of the maze. Woohoo.... We ended up buying Paul a fifty cent virtually indestructible gourd and us some yummy handmade fudge. :)

sally said...

I love the one with bandages on it, how cute is that. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun.

Corrina said...

The mummy squash is C-U-T-E! All of them are neat. And so easy; I can do this with my 2 1/5 year old. Thanks for the cool idea.

Cristie said...

Very cute and how fun for the kids. Enjoyed looking at your blog. Have a lovely week.

Vicki said...

Great memories and adorable projects! Happy kids.

Sew Can Do said...

Cute and a fun alternative to pumpkins! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh how neat!
You guys did a wonderful job!
Thank you for sharing!

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh how neat!
You guys did a wonderful job!
Thank you for sharing!

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