This idea came from my friend Tiffany. The first year I did it I got one of the artificial pumpkins from Michaels that's round (solid- like a pumpkin). I found it tricky for them to draw on it. Last year I found this. It was also at Michaels and it's made out of balsa wood. I spray painted it with chalkboard paint and I think I used 2 coats.
It's a great art work to have out so early in the year. Simple, clean, and fun!