But the other day, I finally got some glitter glue pens so that the three of us (John, the toddler, and me) could jazz our pumpkin up a bit before Halloween was upon us. Originally I thought about using paint, stickers, some kind of paper collage… but went with glitter glue in the end because I figured it would be the easiest way to add some flair while keeping things simple and contained.
John and I supervised the toddler’s glitterizing-ness: we set out an autumn color palette of glitter glue tubes for her (reds, oranges, silvers, golds, and pink) and helped her draw a few recognizable shapes (circles, hearts). But other than that, she was the true creator of this masterpiece.
Our goal for this project was really to encourage our girl’s natural artistic inclinations without trying to control it ending up as a Pinterest-worthy result. It’s just a simple and fun art project that’s very obviously done by a toddler, and the effect is definitely more subtle than dramatic. You have to get pretty close up to see the various swirls and smears of colored glitter. But it’s such a happy pumpkin!
(Although, this heart turned out a little gory, maybe like dripping blood? Spooky!)
Bottom line: the rambunctious toddler loves her pumpkin! And we all had so much fun making it together. Halloween is our favorite family holiday (especially since the toddler’s birthday is the day before … happy two years old this year, sweet girl!) and we are looking forward to taking her trick-or-treating for the first time in our new neighborhood later on today.
How did you decorate your pumpkin this year?