This Halloween craft was unplanned but when I asked the kids what they wanted to make they both said something to decorate for Halloween. So we gathered up some recycled materials and this is what we made! Both my kids really got into this and as simple as this recycled craft is there are lots of little bits that are really great skill builders. Drawing on the plastic required that they use very steady hands, threading the beads and knotting the thread required good fine motor skills and eye hand coordination. I just love that in the 36 hours since we made these my son has asked me 4 times if I think the Trick- or-Treaters will like his because he thinks they will. He’s proud of it and should be.
Gather your materials. You will need a recycled plastic container. We used puffs containers but anything cylindrical that you can punch a hole through will work. You will also need some string, permanent markers so the ink stays on the plastic, some beads ( we used applesauce pouch tops as beads too), scissors, something to poke holes with ( I used a screwdriver) and orange and black plastic creepy crawlies.
Start by making holes in the container in the middle of the top ( really bottom) and 3-4 an inch or so from the bottom.
Have your child start by drawing your monster or ghost on the container. My son included some writing on his making his ghost say “Boo!” while my daughter just didn’t stop – she must have drawn on it very carefully for ten minutes straight. No wrong way to do it. Tip: If you get permanent marker on some surfaces you can use dry erase marker to remove it. It works on my IKEA table every time! Let the marker dry for a few minutes.
Time to thread the string through the bottom holes and knot. My son did his and I did it for my daughter. This is great knot practice for kids working on perfecting tying their shoes. My son had three strings to add beads and plastic creepy crawlies on to and my daughter had two. Making the same craft with different ages is easier if you make little accommodations like this to avoid too much frustration but still including all your kids.
Next I put a thread through the hole in the top, tied a lid on as a stopper on the inside and made a loop on the outside as a hook to hang it up. This just makes sure that the thread doesn’t pop through the hole and the wind chime.
One little ghost went out to play upon a spider’s web one day
He had such enormous fun that he called for another little ghost to come.
Two little ghosts went out to play upon a spider’s web one day
They had such enormous fun that they called for another little ghost to come.
and so on and so on…
In my class I used to sing this starting at one side of the circle time rug calling each child over. My assistant teacher would be last. The children loved it so much I would do it for every theme from dinosaurs to Christmas elves!
This was a total spur of the moment Halloween craft . I had the masking tape out on the table and my daughter was playing with it while I was rummaging through the art closet trying to get inspired. I turned around to ask her not to waste it and inspiration struck! We’ve made a ton of Halloween crafts for kids but this is our first mummy craft. You could totally use lighter paper and dark tape to make a ninja too.
Cut or rip strips of tape off the roll and stick to the edge of the table. I didn’t get a good picture of this set up because my daughter was a speed demon with putting the tape on. Older kids should be encouraged to cut their own tape.
Add the tape to the outline. If your child takes more than the 12 seconds my daughter did with this step you can talk about the different lengths of tape or dive into what mummies really are. I didn’t get into that with my 3 year old but if she was a little older I think it would have fascinated her.
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Even though Halloween costumes have been out in the stores for a month I still feel like it’s crept up on me. My youngest and I made a really cute Halloween craft yesterday that I will post it soon but today I wanted to share some of our favorite ghost crafts and activities. Yesterday we got our Ghost Bottle Bowling game out and played for the first time since last year and it was just as much fun as it was when we first made it. Here it is with 10 other easy ghost crafts and activities.
Contact Paper Ghosts
Puffy Paint Ghost
Ghost Bottle Bowling
Banana Ghost Treats
Haunted House Math
Potato Print Ghost Garland
Cookie Cutter Ghost Painting
Ghost Sugar Cookies
Sponge Painted Ghosts
Do you have a ghost craft to share? Add a link in comments!
It’s October and it’s time to plan a few ( or many ) fun Halloween crafts to get excited about the holiday and learn at the same time. Each one of these books has been paired with a great craft or activity that work on a variety of skills in a playful way. Click on the book title and you will be taken to Amazon through and affiliate link to check out the book. Click on the craft and you will be taken to the full craft tutorial so you can see the step by step instructions to make it with your child.
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The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams and our Pin and Pound Pumpkins.
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One of the best parts of Halloween is getting a chance to dress up in costumes and dressing up shouldn’t just be for kids, it should be for minions too! When I was asked to help spread the word about Despicable Me 2 coming to theaters this summer I knew exactly what sort of activities I wanted to do. These activities are perfect for Halloween parties or to prepare your little ones for all the unusual costumes they might see. They can play with the minion and see that he’s the same under every single costume we made him and on Halloween night there is nothing to be afraid of it’s just a person under that scary costume too. The simple memory game can be made in a snap and would be a cute quiet game for a Halloween party.
Dress Your Minion For Halloween!
- Gather your materials. You will need some yellow , black and white construction paper, yellow, black , brown and metallic markers, double stick tape, contact paper, scissors, heavy card stock ( full page sheet) and dry erase markers in various colors.
- Start by drawing and cutting out a minion.
- Cut some black construction paper for it’s goggle band.
- Cut out a circle of white paper and outline it in the metallic silver. Add a brown eye with a black pupil. Add yellow at the bottom.
- Using the double stick tape tape the band and eye on. Color the boots and gloves black.
- Tape everything on to the card stock.
- Peel the backing off your contact paper and put the minion face down on the sticky side.
- Press, fold the sides and trim edges. Now you have a dry erase minion!
- Dress him up for Halloween using the dry erase markers. We turned him into a princess, witch , butterfly, vampire and messy monster.
- Everything wipes clean beautifully!
You can also use him for talking about emotions and have your little ones draw his emotions, or dress him up for upcoming holidays too!
Easy Memory Game
I hear from a lot of parents how playing memory with their child is terrible and my first question is always ” Did you play with all the pieces?” When toddlers and young kids are learning games break them down a little and make them more accessible. This is why I love making my own memory games.
Using the Despicable Me 2 Halloween Temporary Tattoo Printables I made this game in a snap! *** Please email me for the printables and I will send them to you asap ***
- Gather your materials. You will need the printables ( 2 copies) from Despicable Me 2. Some orange card stock, black card stock , double stick tape and scissors.
- Cut all your images and card stock into squares. Remember that you want the squares progressively larger so the minion paper is the smallest, orange middle and the black paper is the largest.
- Tape the minion to the orange paper and then the orange to the black paper. Make 4 pairs for toddlers, 6-8 for preschoolers and 10 + for school age kids.
- Flip and play!
After you play and learn (kids are always learning) with these adorable Despicable Me Halloween activities don’t forget to mark your calendar because Despicable Me 2 hits the theaters this July! Check out some other fun FREE Despicable Me Halloween printables including treat bag toppers and pumpkin carving stencils.
About the film
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster, Despicable Me, delighted audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In Summer 2013, get ready for more minion madness in Despicable Me 2. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed film making team create an all-new comedy animated adventure featuring the return of Gru (Steve Carell), the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.
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