For this activity you will need:
jack o lantern template
white, black, brown or green paper
paint (we used gold, white and yellow)
paint brushes, circle paint sponges or paint rollers
green marker, crayon, oil pastel, paint, glitter glue or paper for stem
Begin either by tracing and cutting jack o lanterns or having children paint the "inside" of the jack o lantern. Older children can trace and cut the template.
Children free painted with paint brushes, applied dots with foam circle sponges, and rolled a textured foam painting roll.
Be sure not to cut out the nose. We accidentally did on our template and had to train ourselves not to trace and cut the nose.
Find a circular object small enough to fit underneath the jack o lantern template but big enough to cover the eyes and mouth. We used a coffee can for our template which took up most of a piece of standard construction paper.
Place the dark circle beneath the jack o lantern and secure both with a brad where the nose would be.
Decorate the stem.....and start turning the lights.