The pumpkin is a symbol for Halloween. It is supposed to scare the devil away. On Halloween, people dress up in costumes so that the devil will not recognize them, and will leave them alone.
Small children can practice their scissors skills by making a paper sack pumpkin. It can be used for trick or treats, or as a luminary.
White sacks make the best luminaries. Use a white bag, and allow the students to color it orange with markers or crayons. Brown sacks can also be used, but won’t show the color as well.
Make copies of pumpkin facial features on white paper. Make a variety of eyes, noses and mouths. The student will have to make a choice about what features to use. The students will color the features, cut them out and glue them to a paper lunch sack to make a trick or treat bag.
A time killer for this activity is to ask the students to bring their bag up for show and tell. When they come forward, drop a piece of candy into the bag.
To use the bag as a luminary, place about two cups of sand in the bottom of the open bag. The sand should cover the creases that fold the bottom of the bag in, to help keep the bag from collapsing. Nestle a candle stub into the sand. The light will glow through the paper, making a sort of lantern to light up a sidewalk.
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