Halloween is very different this year whether you celebrate or not. Coronavirus is still lingering and I know children are looking forward to the festivities, but we must remain safe. My kids asked if they could decorate our home for Halloween, so why not? They will be safe at home. We will decorate the house and they will have a candy scavenger hunt instead of going out. Kids dressing up is optional.
Here are some crafts children can create to add to your store bought decorations:
* I recommend letting the kids do as much as they possible can. Children take pride in their work especially when they complete it with minimal adult help.
Craft Stick Haunted House
Step 1: Glue 10 craft sticks together using tacky glue. Take the last three sticks and glue them on the top to for a triangle.
Step 2: After glue has dried, then paint. If you want, you can gently paint after gluing sticks together so everything dries together.
Step 3: While sticks are drying, use yellow paper to make windows. Purple paper for the rooftop and white for the ghost.
Step 4: After everything is dried, add the roof, windows, and ghost.
Toilet Paper Roll Spider:
Step 1: Cut it low enough that your hole puncher will be able to punch 3 holes. Otherwise, you’ll only be able to punch two holes.
Step 2: Paint and let dry. You can also provide crayons/markers for coloring.
Step 3: Punch 3 holes on each side. Make sure the holes are aligned to make threading it with pipe cleaners easy.
Step 4: Use glue to stick the eyes on. I really like tacky glue because it really gets the job done.
Step 5: Let your child push the pipe cleaners through the holes for the legs. This is good for hand eye coordination. You can assist with folding the spider legs.
Paper Bag Witch
Step 2: While the paint is drying, trace hands to make the hair. Use black paper for the hat.
Step 3: Use green paper to cut out the face, or you can paint the face green. My daughter wanted to color hers. Give your children options and let them make a decision about their art.
Step 4: Once the bag is dried, glue the face, hair, and hat on. Add googly eyes.
Frankenstein Craft Sticks
Step 1: Glue craft sticks with tacky glue and let it fully dry.
Step 2: Color sticks green (or paint). If you opt for paint, you’ve got yourself another waiting game.
*If you want, try to paint it after putting the glue that way everything dries together. Be gentle because the sticks can separate as you paint.
Step 3: Have your child cut the hair. Assistance may be needed with this part.
Step 4: Glue hair and eyes on.
Step 5: Let your child draw a mouth and nose.
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Hi, I am Odessa. I'm a mom of two wonderful children and a teacher. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Science in Childhood Education with over 10 years of PreK and Kindergarten experience. I am a lover of all things literacy for children and their curiosity of the world. Get comfy and click around my site. I hope you find something you'll like, and something your kids will love! P.S. Akwaaba means 'welcome' :)
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