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Painting with Gourds

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Let's Begin

Gather Materials

Mini gourds and/or pumpkins
41 Qt, Clear Storage Bin (Large)/or cardboard box
White Paper
Masking Tape
Washable Paint

Step 1

Grab your bin or cardboard box and tape a sheet of white paper on the bottom of the bin or box.

Step 1 - Painting with Gourds

Step 2

Pour a few dabs of washable paint on the paper. Let your toddler or preschooler choose a few mini pumpkins and gourds and place them into the sensory bin or box.

Step 3

Invite your toddler to grab the sides of the bin and rock it back and forth to roll the mini pumpkins and gourds back and forth through the paint.

Step 2 - Painting with Gourds

Step 4

Enjoy seeing the design that the gourds and pumpkins make!

CDC Milestones

Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:

Infants
1-year-old
  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
Toddlers
18-months-old
  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
  • Drinks from a cup
Preschoolers
2-years-old
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Might use one hand more than the other

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