Last year after Halloween, I found a Mr Potato Head Pumpkin Kit in the clearance section at our grocery store. I thought my son might enjoy it this year (and hopefully future years too) so I tossed it into the cart. Fast forward to late September when I bought him a pumpkin from the craft store to decorate. Knowing my toddler, I knew he would want to pull the pieces in and out to play with it so I went with a fake pumpkin instead of a real one.
During a naptime, I prepped the pumpkin using my scrapbooking and stamping supplies to help. I dipped the prong from each piece into a black stamp pad so when I determined it’s position, I could press it to the pumpkin and have an instant mark. Then used my paper piercing tool to poke holes in the pumpkin. The holes were just large enough to help me press the pieces in and make perfect fitting holes.
The completed pumpkin …
I pulled out the pieces out (except for the hat and shoes) before he woke up. When he came downstairs and saw the pumpkin and pieces, he was so excited and began playing with it immediately.
Since then, he’s made a number of interesting creations. The hat and shoes are typically in their “correct” spot (I think mainly due to the fact those each have 2 prongs where the other pieces only have 1 each) but all the other pieces vary. I love seeing what he comes up with and have a feeling that our pirate Mr Potato Head Pumpkin will be a part of our Halloween tradition for many years.