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Pumpkin Seed Art
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Pumpkin Seed Art

Average User Rating: 44444 | 32 Ratings
Ages 3 and upAges 3 and Up
Duration: Over One Hour
Create a work of art from pumpkin seeds! You and your child will have fun dying them in bright colors and arranging them in patterns or images like leaves, pumpkins or black cats.
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WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 package (10 oz.) of dried, unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • Food coloring kit
  • White vinegar
  • Several small paper cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Fork
  • Wax paper
  • 11 x 14-inch sheet of poster board
  • White glue
  • Pencil
     

HOW TO DO IT

  • Cover a flat work surface with newspaper.

  • Let your child choose one of the illustrations above and help to sketch it onto a sheet of poster board.

  • Set the poster board aside and prepare the dried pumpkin seeds for dying.

  • Set several small paper cups out on the work surface and fill each halfway full with warm water.

  • Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and a few drops of different colored food coloring to each filled cup.

  • Sprinkle a small handful of pumpkin seeds into each cup and let them sit until they have reached the color intensity you desire.

  • Scoop the seeds out of the cups using a fork and spread them on a sheet of wax paper to dry.  The drying time takes several hours.  If this is an afternoon project, you should let them dry overnight.

  • Once the dyed seeds are dry, set the poster board on the work surface along with the craft glue.

  • Your child can now create a pumpkin seed masterpiece by glueing the seeds within the drawing that was sketched on the poster board.

 

TIPS

  • If you decide to use fresh pumpkin seeds instead of packaged seeds, you will need to prepare them before you dye them.

        • Carefully wash the seeds to remove the strings and pulp.

        • Arrange them on a baking sheet.

        • Place the baking sheet either in direct sunlight until they are dry, or in a warm oven (250 or below) for 3 to 4 hours.  If you are drying the seeds in the oven, stir them often to avoid scorching

 

FOLLOW UP FUN

  • Roasting pumpkin seeds is another Autumn/Halloween activity that you and your child can do together! They are not only fun to make but are rich in fiber as well as Vitamin B and E.

 

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 ½ cups pumpkin seeds  
  • 1 teaspoon oil (vegetable or olive oil)
  • Salt to taste
  • Small mixer bowl
  • Baking sheet


HOW TO DO IT

  • Preheat oven to 300 F.

  • CLEAN strings and pulp from the pumpkin seeds (don’t worry if you can’t remove it all).

  • TOSS the seeds in a mixer bowl with the oil and salt.

  • SPREAD the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet.

  • (PARENTS ONLY) BAKE for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
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