By Noreen Doll.
If you are lucky enough to have an orange pool noodle left over from the summer, you can make several super easy Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lanterns.
Preschoolers will have so much fun with this project, and even toddlers can scribble a face on their pool noodle pumpkin.
And little ones can decorate and re-decorate the house with their Jack-O-Lanterns, because they are totally safe and unbreakable. (Don’t let little ones play with them if they might put them in their mouth or take a bite!)
A fun idea is to make them different sizes: very tall and thin, average, or short and squat.
If you don’t want to draw faces on them, you can make their features with black felt or craft foam.
Orange Pool Noodle
Brown Lunch Sack or Paper Bag
How to Make a Pool Noodle Jack-O-Lantern.
1. Decide how tall you want your Jack-O-Lantern.
Measure this amount from one end of the pool noodle.
Cut off the end of the pool noodle where you have marked it. A knife slides right through the noodle easily.
Be sure an adult does the cutting.
2. Draw the face on the pumpkin.
3. Color in the features with the black Sharpie.
(Don’t worry about little ones making perfect faces – the ones they draw are very endearing!)
4. Cut off the bottom of the lunch sack.
Fold it in half.
5. Twist the lunch sack until it is small enough to fit in the hole in the pumpkin.
6. Put the twisted lunch sack into the pool noodle to make the stem.
Let the kids decide where their Jack-O-Lantern should sit.
Use green or brown construction paper to make the stem instead of a lunch bag.