Thanksgiving and Halloween Coloring and Activity Pages
Harvest Balls and Halloween Halls
Autumn is a beautiful season in all of North America and much of Europe as well, full of brightly turning colors in the wind, bonfires in the cool evenings, apple picking by the bushels, caramel sauce, pumpkin pies, fresh vegetable soups made from your own backyard garden, canning supplies, pickles, jams and jellies, and many other crops from the farm, home gardens, and local farm markets.
A celebration of the harvest is always in order to share our abundance with others.
Gardening - Crops for Harvest
We remember our veterans and all our deceased family and friends, really, on Veterans Day - those who died for us and those who benefited from their protection. The continent sees Harvest Festivals and Halloween fetes early in the season, and lots of local traditions as well. Schools hold Fall festivals with carnivals and cakewalks, entertainment and prizes. I always loved those as a kid. Our Native American cousins celebrate with wonderful Pow Wows around the full moons of these months - Harvest Moon, Hunters Moon, Beaver Moon, and Cold Moon; it's all about appreciation, sharing, and fun. A song from the Disney film Pocahontas lauds All the Colors of the Wind and autumn is it.
In October, we see farmers harvesting crops late into the night with the help of artificial lighting. From the highway, the scenes look like adventures colonizing the moon. The crops go into many fairs and festivals - Buckeye Lake's (Ohio) Corn Festival, the Circleville Pumpkin Show, Marion's Popcorn Festival, Reynoldsburg's Tomato Festival,
Considering all the harvesting of the autumn season, if you don't want to celebrate Halloween with witches and ghouls, there are a number of other possibilities that are fun. If you want to celebrate Harvest and Halloween, these coloring pages can help with both concepts, too.
The Audacious Scarecrow
The scarecrow is familiar to many that have seen them on farms. This coloring sheet scarecrow above can be used for either Harvest or Halloween. It can also be used from a Wizard of Oz Party. Kids and adults can dress as their favorite characters for a party in a place decorated as Oz. It would be fun if someone could portray the Gatekeeper of Oz accurately.
Some communities and church groups hold a mini Renn Fest in local recreation centers or church halls. A scarecrow and farming pictures would fit with that theme as well, since people grew crops during the Renaissance and celebrated harvest festivals. Renn Fests are usually held beginning in late August and extend to early November in the Midwest, capturing all the weeks of the harvest. We also offer an image of a castle, which could go with a Renn Fest theme party.
Bats and Pumpkins
This is a coloring sheet that can be modified to be presented as an invitation to a party. It has a more Halloween-ish theme to it, but pretty benign.
There are bats as well as pumpkins on some farms. I think only very young children might be frightened of the masks, which look live the comedy-drama symbol. Of course, some children are afraid of clowns.
Coloring Page, Invitation, or Note Paper
Vegetables to Color
Unless this on is applied as a place mat for a party theme involving The Children of the Corn, this ear of corn can be a fun image to color at most autumn parties. Kids can come up with their own colors - neon green Martian corn might be fun. They can use their imaginations.
If you hold a local Corn Festival, you can use the outline drawing as a fun handout.
Color and Bake a Pie Together
A freshly baked pie can be used as a coloring page in many celebrations all through the autumn and winter months. It's a simple image and fun to color. Kids might ask how a pie is made and what goes into to pie toppings like whipped cream, so the picture can become a fun education tool that yields up dessert at the same time.
A Stem of Wheat
A sheaf of grain is symbolic of the annual harvest welcomed across the globe among nations that grow wheat, oats, rye, and other life-giving grain crops. Children that have not had the opportunity to experience visiting a farm may not yet know what grains are grown in the fields. This coloring page is a good opportunity for an introduction to these plants that create what many groups call their "daily bread."
The coloring sheet can be used to educated kids in a fun way about growing harvesting crops and understanding the symbols of the United States. A sheaf of wheat and a shock of corn are often seen on our nation's coins and seals.
A Great Pumpkin
Have you ever hosted a Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin Party? This is a fun party for kids at either Halloween or Harvest Festival parties. This is especially true if you have a pumpkin patch in your backyard. However, you can make a pumpkin patch indoors as well, using pumpkins, squash and green crepe paper and green paper cutouts for vines.
The coloring sheet above can be used for Harvest Festivals, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and other celebrations. Kids can draw a faces on the pumpkins, if they wish.
By the Light of the Moon
The page above can be used with either paints or crayons, or can be adorned with glitter paste or glitter glue - whatever you have around.
Kids can color the moon any hue they wish and add characters to the drawing. Some will draw a moon base colony on the surface, with rocket ships. Others will draw moon monsters. Some might draw a whole city, while others will make the moon of green cheese, according to legend, and add mice.
The moon coloring sheet can be used for educational purposes as well, from discussing harvest festivals, moon festivals, pow wows, and moon phases and the oceans tides, to talking about NASA space missions and the International Space Station.
NASA provides many public domain images on its pages that children might enjoy. The moon image offered above, and many NASA images, can be tied in with the large body of literary works and legendary tales surrounding the moon, from Goodnight Moon to First Men in the Moon to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
The moon offers endless possibilities.
© 2009 Patty Inglish MS