This 3-D Pumpkin is perfect for celebrating Fall or Halloween.
Whether decorating for Fall or Halloween, students will enjoy making their own dimensional Pumpkins. The engineering of this project requires a rubber band to create the tension that holds the Pumpkin closed.
Students can create the 3-D Pumpkins to enhance classroom décor or take the Pumpkins home for their family to enjoy.
Supplies Used: Adhesive tape (or any strong adhesive), Cardstock, Crayons, colored markers or pens, Rubber bands
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Die-cut Pumpkin 3-D pieces using heavy cardstock, including two of the large shapes for the top and bottom. Apply adhesive on all the tabs as shown (Figure A).
- Each side has an extended tab designed to wrap around a rubber band. The rubber band will connect the two sides together.
- Slide the rubber band over the tab and press to capture the rubber band in the tab (Figure B).
- Once the rubber band is attached to both the top and the bottom pieces, fold all the perforations in the same direction (mountain folds) to form two hemispheres (Figure C).
- To adhere the top and bottom shapes together, first flip one of the hemispheres over so that the open ends face each other, with the rubber band in between them. Rotate the top or the bottom hemisphere 180° so that the rubber band tabs are on opposite sides. Adhere the tabs with the rubber band to the opposite tabs. The rubber band should be inside the Pumpkin, stretched from one side to the other (Figure D).
- Press the Pumpkin flat and fold the remaining tabs inward, adhering the tabs in place (Figures E & F).
- Fold the green stem in half and make valley folds on the perforations (Figure G).
- Place adhesive on the two valley folds and adhere to the top of the Pumpkin (Main Photo).
- Press the Pumpkin flat to add facial features for a Halloween Pumpkin.
- Figure A
- Figure B
- Figure C
- Figure D
- Figure E
- Figure F
- Figure G
Fine Arts-Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.2 Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
- Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
Science, Technology & Engineering
Science and Technology and Engineering Education
3.4 Technology and Engineering Education
3.4.C Technology and Engineering Design
Pennsylvania’s public schools shall teach, challenge and support every student to realize his or her maximum potential and to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to:
1 Design Attributes
- Understand that there is no perfect design.
- Recognize that requirements for a design include such factors as the desired elements and features of a product or system or the limits that are placed on the design.
2 Engineering Design
- Describe the engineering design process: Define a problem. Generate ideas. Select a solution and test it. Make the item. Evaluate the item. Communicate the solution with others. Present the results.