Once Upon A Little Farm

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15 Days of Fall Fun ~ Day 3: Pumpkin Seed Noise Makers

on October 27, 2012

The kids had fun with this cute multi-step project.  Here’s what you’ll need

  • 2 small paper plates
  • orange paint
  • brush
  • 3 green pipe cleaners
  • buttons or other decorations to make pumpkin’s face
  • single hole punch
  • dried pumpkin seeds (if pumpkin seeds are not available, use beans, dried peas, or sunflower seeds in the shell – rice is too small)
  1. Early in the day or the day before you intend to put the project together, paint the backs of both plates with orange paint.  Allow to dry.
  2. Hold the plates firmly together, front to front.  Punch holes  through the edge of both plates at the same time.  Remember to keep the previously punched holes lined up as you continue around the plate.  These holes will need to line up for the next step.  About 2 inches apart worked well.
  3. Keep holding the plate firmly with the holes lined up. Grab one of the green pipe cleaners and put it through 1 set of holes.  “Tie” the pipe cleaner off at the edge of that first hole so that it does not pull all the way through.  Bring the pipe cleaner around and down through the next hole. Continue this until you do not have enough pipe cleaner left to go through another hole.  Twist a new pipe cleaner onto the end of the first one and continue around.  My 3 year old was able to do this as long as I held onto the plate while she weaved, and I hooked a new pipe cleaner on when needed. When there is not enough left of the second, add a third.   When you get to the last hole, stop before going through.
  4. Using your fingers to make a small gap where the last hole punch is, place some pumpkin seeds in between the 2 plates.  How many is your choice – my toddlers put them in so they may have gotten about 20 or 25 in theirs.  The fact that it make noise when you shake it is all that matters. When the seeds are in, continue lacing up the plates with the pipe cleaner.
  5. When the third pipe cleaner meets with where you started, poke the third pipe cleaner down through the first hole and bend whatever is left in half at the top of the plate and twist around – this is the stem of the pumpkin.
  6. With the stem at the top, glue on eyes, nose, mouth of the pumpkin.
  7. Allow face to dry a bit and then shake, shake, shake! Image

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