Skip to main content

Pumpkin Seed Mosaics

Roasted pumpkin seeds weren't too big of a hit at our house so we decided to craft with our seeds instead. 

We divided our seeds in to four zip-loc bags and then each of the kids used liquid water color to dye a bag their favorite color. 

little lady: pink, mini man: orange, big buddy: blue, v: violet

After the seeds had dried the kids glued them to foam board - we have lots of this laying around but I'm sure study paper would work just fine. 

The kids all did one picture where they placed the seeds at random anywhere they wanted. Then I encouraged them to fill in the first letter of their names. 

As you can see from the picture above Little Lady didn't quite get concept of placing the seeds inside her 'K'. She did however amaze me with how she handled the glue. I started by showing her how to squeeze out a small amount of glue out and put a seed on top. She kept at it, quietly whispering "dot, seed, dot, seed" as she worked. 

I know most people love roasted pumpkins seeds but if next year you are looking for a little something different to do with your seeds, this was a fun alternative.  


  1. Hi Rachel! I saw this the other day and then looked at the pile of pumpkin seeds laying on my counter that had yet to be roasted, and decided to use your idea and craft with them. We made ours into an Indian Corn Craft. I wanted to let you know I linked back to you from where I got the awesome idea.

    Here is the link to my post:

    1. Thanks Rachel! I love the idea of using them to make Indian Corn, we'll maybe have to try that next year.

  2. What a great idea. Never thought of dying pumpkin seeds. I would love for you to add this, and any other of your great posts to my weekly Mom's Library Link-Up.

    Thanks and be blessed,
    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

  3. I really like this idea! Honestly, I don't think I'll get around to toasting pumpkin seeds, since I'm the only one who likes them! But my son would love this art project! Great for fine motor, too!


Post a Comment

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment - you make me smile :)

Popular posts from this blog

Preschool Syllabus: Dr. Seuss

Normally I'd do a Dr. Seuss unit in March around his birthday. We had to do one now though because on Saturday Big Buddy and I going on a date to a Dr. Seuss exhibit. The exhibit is only at the museum until January and I'm afraid if we don't go now we might not get the chance.

We are of course reading lots of Dr. Seuss's books. A great advatage to studying Dr. Seuss in November rather than March is that all his books were available at the library. I also found a great children's biography which is perfect for preschoolers.

 We've read it a couple times and Big Buddy loves reciting all the facts he's learned


LEARNING "TRAYS" -I rotate these, setting out about four a day from which the boy's can choose.

Paint Chip Word Families

We haven't been doing a ton of school work this summer but we have tried to fit in a little reading practice everyday. We are currently working our way through Bob Books and The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading - I  highly recommend both. I saw this idea for paint chip word families on Pinterest several months ago and knew it would be one we'd have to try. I changed it up a little bit so that the the strips pulled through the word family cards.  

My supplies: large white paint chips, various colors of paint chips, sharpie, scissors, and an x-acto knife
 Step 1: Because my colored paint chips were so wide I folded and cut them in half.

Step 2: In the center of the white paint-chip, use the x-acto knife to cut two openings, at the top and bottom of the white square, the width of the color strip. 

Step 3: Use the sharpie to write letters on paint chips (a list of word families can be found here
Step 4: Pull strip through word family card 

 Step 5: Have fun readi…

A Little Red Cardboard Barn

We've finished our farm unit and are moving on to a new theme tomorrow - but before we do I wanted share the barn we made.

The wooden farm animals came with a beautiful handmade ark that we gave Big Buddy for Christmas a couple years ago.  I would someday love to have a wood barn but it's currently not in the budget. So in the mean time we decided to improvise and make our own. 

I stumbled upon this perfectly sized milk box (4 gallons per box) while subbing and thought it would be sturdy enough to handle play. Hubandie and the boys used an x-acto knife and wood glue to build a barn shape.

We then painted with a basic primer and outlined a window and a door with painters tape.

Big Buddy however insisted that we add more windows so it looked like the barn in our book The Big Red Barn. He even brought the book over so we'd know exactly how to do it :) 

Once everything was taped I let the boys paint the barn with rollers and washable, red tempera paint.

The boys really enjoye…