Colour Mixing Paper Plate Pumpkins

Experiment with colour mixing whilst making a cute pumpkin Halloween craft.  Kids will love mixing red and yellow paint together using their hands! This simple paper plate craft makes a great Halloween decoration. 

Colour mixing pumpkin craft for toddlers and preschoolers

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To make a paper plate pumpkin you will need: 

  • paper plates
  • red and yellow poster paint
  • Shapes cut out of black paper

How to experiment with colour mixing and make paper plate pumpkins

To make the orange for the pumpkins Harry used his hands to mix some red and yellow paint together on a paper plate.  This was definitely the best part of making the pumpkins.  He thought it was fascinating watching the colours mix together to make orange. Harry, the table and the kitchen ended up covered in paint, but that was half the fun!

Colour mixing activity for toddlers and preschoolers

Once the paint had dried Harry used some shapes that I had cut out of black paper to make his SPOOOOKY face. The green rectangles were meant to be for the pumpkin stems but Harry decided to use them as eyes instead!

Paper plate pumpkins are simple enough for toddlers to make.  This Halloween craft gets kids involved in colour mixing too!

Harry got sticking and a few minutes later a proud Harry held up his completed pumpkin face.

Paper plate pumpkins.  A simple halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers,

Colour mixing pumpkin craft for toddlers and preschoolers.  A simple halloween activity for kids to explore colour (color) mixing.

Harry: Age 3

If you enjoyed this colour mixing activity then you might also like to do a bit more color mixing for kids and create your own color wheel.


  1. Wow! What a fab post! Jam packed full of great Halloween ideas! Your pumpkins were fantastic, the cakes looked seriously yummy and the painting - serious clean up operation but what fun your little one had there!

    1. Thanks you, he loved it all (especially the mess!)


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