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Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern Activity

Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern Craft ActivityThis therapy idea includes a free printable of the shapes for the eyes, nose, and mouth and does not require a membership!

Here’s an easy, adaptable activity for your younger students. Let them add eyes, a nose, and a mouth to their pumpkins while working on shapes or sizes. You can also have them earn pieces as they work on articulation or other language goals.

What You’ll Need:

  • one paper plate for each student
  • orange markers, crayons, or paint and brushes
  • cut-out shapes for the eyes, nose, and mouth (free printable included below)
  • piece of green paper for the stem
  • glue

What to Do:

  1. Give each student a paper plate and orange crayon, marker, or paint and brush.
  2. If working with a group, let the students color their plates while they are waiting for their turns.
  3. After each turn, let the students pick a piece for their pumpkin’s face.
  4. Once they have all of their pieces, let the students glue the pieces on their pumpkins.

Language Ideas:

  • Shapes- Have the students identify or name the shapes of the pieces.
  • Sizes- Have the students identify or name the size of the pieces (e.g., “Get a small square.”)
  • Describing- Set up a barrier. Have a student create a face on a pumpkin and then describe it to you. You make a jack-o-lantern according to the description and then remove the barrier and compare the two jack-o-lanterns.

Paper Plate Face Shapes

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