I shared most of the activities from the Little Passports Ohio State Journal awhile back. This yarn pumpkin was the last Ohio project. It's inspired by the Circleville Pumpkin Show.
Materials: balloon, yarn, white glue, orange paint, cinnamon stick
Blow up the balloon. Pour white glue onto a shallow tray. Cut about 10 feet of yarn and put it into the glue, making sure it is all moistened.
Wrap the yarn around the balloon. Note that I am doing the activity and Trevor is photographing it. He HATES anything gooey touching his hands. This wasn't even that bad.
When the balloon is completely wrapped, set it down on a plastic container to dry. I like to use a strawberry basket because there's plenty of air flow.
The next day, pop the balloon.
Take out the balloon, then paint the pumpkin orange. (Better yet, use orange yarn from the get-go. I used the white yarn that was left over from the kumihimo bracelets.) When the paint is dry, push a cinnamon stick between the yarn where the stem would go. That's all there is to it!