Holiday chex-mix with my grandmother, fires in the fireplace, and pumpkin carving-- all of these traditions remind me of the Thanksgiving season as a child. As a mom now myself, I want to give my children the same sweet memories that they can look back on each fall. Pumpkin carving is a favorite tradition at this time of year and decorating with pumpkins is always a cute, easy way to get into the holiday spirit. However, with a baby and toddler there isn’t much carving that can be done. But there is still a way to let your baby and toddler participate in the fun- pumpkin painting! Whether you let them do this while your older kiddos carve their pumpkins or you make this a special time with just you and your little, this is a great way to involve them in a fall tradition.
Pumpkin painting is extremely simple. All you need is a pumpkin and washable fingerpaints! The easiest way to do it is bring all your supplies outside and make sure your child is in clothes that can get paint on them (or just a diaper!). Depending on their age, you may have to put the paint in their hand and then guide their hand to the pumpkin and show them how to put the paint on the pumpkin. Make sure there is nothing around that can get destroyed by paint, because it will probably end up in their hair and on the ground!
As they are painting, talk to them about all the things they have to be thankful for: a place to sleep, older siblings, and a loving Heavenly Father. And make sure to tell them how thankful you are for them!
Take a picture of the process as well as the finished product and put the pumpkin somewhere in your house for a fall decoration that has a sweet memory.