I loved this idea of putting our Christian beliefs into Fall and its' celebrations.
(ok, so maybe I'm a little warped in my desire to make Satan mad).
I found this project to do with Kylie here
(I so LOVE free printables)
I had Kylie paint the pumpkin and then cut it out. Her painting and cutting skills have REALLY improved the last few months.
I had previously cut out the eyes, nose and mouth as their specific shapes are vital to the project and the poem.
We then pasted the poem (that Kylie cut out) on the back of our pumpkin paper. I don't know if you can tell, but Kylie attempted to write her name - we need some work on that one.
Here is a close up on the poem, but since you can't read it very well, here it is:
(note: I'm not sure who actually wrote the poem. It might have been the owner of the blog 1+1+1=1 . I want to be sure to give credit to the artist)
I am a Jack o' Lantern
My lights will shine so bright
For I'm a Christian pumpkin
My symbols tell what's right.
My nose is like the cross
On which our Savior died
To set us free from sin
We need no longer hide
My mouth is like a fish
The whole wide world to show
That Christians live in this house
And love their Savior so!
The story starts at Christmas
My eyes are like the star
That shone on baby Jesus
And wise men saw from far
My color it is orange
Just like the big bright sun
That rose on Easter Day
Along with God's own son
And so on Halloween
Let's set our pumpkins out
And tell the trick or treaters
What God's love is all about.
Here is Kylie's finished pumpkin (Kylie glued on the eyes, nose and mouth as we read the poem).
We hung it on our refrigerator and were sure to show it to Daddy and then again to Kylie's caregivers so they could all read the poem aloud to her and reinforce the message.
Another Great resource to reinforce this message is The Pumpkin Patch Parable book.
Be sure to file all these resources away for next year and make your fall purposeful!