Pippa the Pumpkin Fairy by Tim Bugbird is an adorable Halloween story for younger kids. Every year for the big Fall party, Pippa uses her wand to make pumpkin lanterns.
This year, her wand created the wrong kind of lanterns. She panics when her friends come over and hides them. She then lies to them saying that they will be the best ever. Her friends told other friends and the news spread making it difficult for her to come clean. In the end, it turns out everyone loves the pumpkins with their funny-ha-ha faces.
Such a cute way to teach kids about honesty. I would definitely recommend this book and the whole fairy series from Tim Bugbird. We adore his books and own 3 others besides this one.
To go along with the book, we made a sparkly pumpkin wand, a Boo’tiful pumpkin patch, and pumpkins with funny-ha-ha faces. My daughter and I enjoyed making these ‘mommy & me’ crafts together and Big Brother even joined in for some of the painting parts. Little Sister loves pretending to make things with her pumpkin wand – adding sparkle to everything. She also pretended to make the pumpkin patches with the wand too.
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How to make the Pumpkin Fairy Wand
- pool noodle
- wood dowel
- orange paint and paintbrush
- glitter, glitter glue, or glitter spray
- Halloween Duck Tape, ribbon, or a different item for decorating the dowel
- green and orange pom poms
- braiding cord, lacing string, or similar
- glitter foam stickers – optional
- Cut a small section from a pool noodle – preferably orange. We used one we already had on hand and painted it orange.
- Cover the wood dowel with either duck tape or ribbon and glue. We used purple Halloween Duck Tape with spiders on it.
- After you painted a couple coats of paint, add glitter – Fairy Dust! Guess what? The tooth fairy sprayed my daughter’s wand and pumpkin patch with fairy dust (wink!). Big Brother happened to lose his tooth earlier that same day. When I was spraying his money with fairy dust (scented glitter hairspray) I thought it would be cute to surprise Little Sister. Everytime her brother loses a tooth, she pretends to lose one too so the tooth fairy could come visit her too so I knew she would like the fairy dust surprise.
- I also used Elmer’s green glitter glue to coat the pool noodle pumpkin – my attempt to help prevent the paint from flaking off and to give it even more sparkle.
- Stick the dowel through the pool noodle- Little Sister Sister loved this part!
- Glue a green pom pom on the top and add an orange pom pom on both sides of the pool noodle where the holes are. This is to cover the dowel from showing.
- Add a few strings of braiding cord, lacing cord, or similar to the dowel just under the pumpkin.
- Add beads to the ends. We also added glitter foam flower stickers to 2 of the ends.
How to make the Boo’tiful Pumpkin Patch
- egg carton
- orange paint and paintbrush
- glitter, glitter glue, or glitter spray
- green sequins
- green/brown play-doh
- green curling ribbon
- For this craft we recycled an empty, plastic egg container. They are easy to clean (I’ve even placed them in the dishwasher before!). The regular gray egg cartons will also work fine.
- Paint the inside with a couple coats of orange paint (or the outside if not using a plastic egg carton).
- Spray the tops with a glitter spray- the tooth fairy did this for us (see above story)!
- Glue a green sequin to the top of each pumpkin.
- Press brown and/or green play-doh all around the pumpkins. Alternatively use modeling clay, crumpled tissue paper, or paint it.
- Sprinkle glitter all over the play-doh. We got play-doh wet a little bit first and used Martha Stewart’s fine gold glitter. I LOVE the way her glitters look! If you are one of those people who are allergic to glitter (ha, ha …..kidding!), you could just skip this part.
- Add green curling ribbon around the pumpkins and glue to the tops of a few of the pumpkins.
How to make the Funny-ha-ha Stamped Pumpkin Craft
- plate or small, shallow dish
- empty bottle with a circular top – we used one of those mini juice bottles that come in a 6-pack (for school lunches), but something like a Gatorade bottle would also work.
- construction paper
- green glitter glue – optional
- Place the paint on a plate or shallow dish.
- Dip the top of the bottle in the paint.
- Stamp the paper.
- Repeat until you have lots of pumpkin circles on the paper.
- Draw faces on the pumpkins.
- Add stems. We used green glitter glue for ours.
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