Painted Pumpkin Faces

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What You Need:

  • Mini pumpkins, or squash
  • Tempera paint
  • Brushes
  • Hand-held mirror

What You Do:

  1. Ask your child to look in the mirror and tell him to mimic what various emotions look like. Can he make a happy face? Scary face? Sad face? Ask him to describe what features have to change in order to make those faces.
  2. Encourage him to think about what emotion he wants to give his pumpkin. Tell him to keep it a secret for now.
  3. Have him paint his pumpkin using the tempera paint, trying to portray the secret emotion. Allow the pumpkin to dry.
  4. Study his finished pumpkin and try guessing what emotion he gave his pumpkin. Did he successfully convey the expression?

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