With Thanksgiving a month away and Halloween just around the corner, pumpkin season is in full swing. This time of year, our taste buds are tantalized by a wide variety of pumpkin-flavored seasonal products, from tea to scones to milkshakes to Pop-Tarts, and my personal favorite, the delectable pumpkin pie (smothered in whipped cream!). And of course, the gourds themselves are in high demand for the traditional Halloween art form of jack-o-lantern carving. The library has plenty of books on the subject, including fiction and nonfiction titles. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your pumpkin carving, you might try Kids Pumpkin Projects: Planting and Harvest Fun or In A Pumpkin Shell: Over 20 Pumpkin Projects for Kids . Or you could peruse the numerous jack-o-lantern galleries available online; I found one featuring zombie designs!
Even though pumpkins take center stage this time of year, there are lots of other foodstuffs that you can transform into surprising and delightful art projects as well. Take a look at some of these titles for ideas:
- Play With Your Food by Joost Elffers
- Dog Food, Fast Food and How Are You Peeling by Saxton Freymann
- Making Gourd Musical Instruments by Ginger Summit