Mr Potato Head Pirate Pumpkin

Last year after Halloween, I found a Mr Potato Head Pirate Pumpkin Kit in the clearance section at our grocery store. I thought Dylan 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 fake pumpkin from the craft store to decorate. Knowing my toddler, I knew he would want to pull the pieces in & out and play with it so I went with a fake pumpkin.

During a naptime, I prepped the pumpkin using my scrapbooking & 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 & 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.

Featured as part of 15 Pumpkin Play Activities for Kids on Growing a Jeweled Rose.


  1. That's awesome! What a neat and pretty inexpensive way to be creative. TFS!

  2. I think you were smart to use a plastic pumpkin, then he can enjoy it for a long time!


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