Remember when pumpkins were orange?
Back in the day.
Before anyone ever painted pumpkins?
Before burlap pumpkins and dryer vent pumpkins and can lid pumpkins and straw pumpkins and pumpkins made from pallet wood.
Orange pumpkins from the Piggly Wiggly with a carved face.
Nothing too fancy…..
…just a face with triangle eyes and a triangle nose and a moon for a mouth.
And some years you were extra fancy and cut a snaggle tooth grin.
And after you cut out the face your mom would put a candle inside and it would light up the night sky.
For a day.
And then every one would forget about the pumpkin.
And it would sit on the front porch for about a week.
Until its face caved in and it imploded and some of the most disgusting stuff known to man started colonizing itself on the inside.
Ahhh….the good old days.
Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin
(the non-imploding, non-colonizing version)
Step 1: Paint the pumpkin
Paint the pumpkin with chalkboard paint.
I used two coats.
Then prime the chalkboard paint with chalk.
Step 2: Draw circular lines on the pumpkin with chalk
This is the guide for where your letters go.
If you get the lines too close….just erase the chalk lines and start again.
Step 3: Decide what words you want to put in your word find
(okay….you get the picture)
Step 4: Line up the words
Just place the words where you want them to go.
Here’s trick and treat.
Use the lines as your guide.
After all your words are placed….fill in the rest with extraneous letters.
Then erase the chalk lines.
I love my chalkboard word find pumpkins.
They are so 2013.
And they will last this season and many seasons to come.
But every now and then….when I see a porch with a smashed face pumpkin…..
….I hear Piggly Wiggly calling my name.
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