Sometimes when I make a craft I get inspired but I am not sure where from. I made this ghost craft and couldn’t remember where the inspiration came from until I was reading I Can Teach My Child and remembered this project. You can see the similarities! So yes my inspiration comes from all over. This is a parent and tot craft, there are many steps that are tricky for little ones. But my son loves the final product, he runs into the foyer looks at the ghosts and screams ” I am frightened, ahhh!” then burst out in giggles daily. So I would say it’s a hit. I will be packing these up and taking them out every year with my Easy Halloween Wreath .
- Gather your materials. You will need clear contact paper, black construction paper, white tissue paper or party streamers ( or any white paper) , Scissors ( kid and adult), and black sticky back foam.
- Start by drawing a ghost and cutting out many frames. I used the insides for fun fast activities and let my son color them with chalk .
- Have your child cut the tissue paper – if you use a streamer I find it’s easier for beginning cutters to handle and cut independently. Tissue paper is flimsy. My son still only cut a few – another tip, make sure kid scissors are clean ours had something sticky on them and weren’t cutting well, by the time I cleaned them he was over it. Learn from my oops.
- Place the frames on the contact paper so the sticky side is up.
- Add the paper into the frames.
- While they do that make eyes out of sticky back foam.
- Cover with another piece of contact paper, press firmly.
- Cut the ghosts out.
- Add the eyes
- Pop on a mirror, window, door… wherever you need a few adorable ghosts!
Dem Bones by Bob Barner is sort of two books in one. The superficial layer uses the words of the ever popular old time spiritual with fun Halloween inspired skeleton illustrations. There is also a second layer that has longer text for older children that goes into the anatomy of the bones the song sings about. Great way to keep a Halloween theme strong while teaching about the human body!
Monster Math by Anne Miranda is a math lesson turned into a fun and entertaining storybook. You can simply read the book or you can have your little mathematician help you guess how many new monsters arrive and leave on each page. The illustrations are adorable and even if the math skills are above your toddler or preschoolers heads they will still enjoy the book.
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman is a staple in most preschool classrooms. It’s a cute story about a witch who is desperate for pumpkin pie but her giant pumpkin is too big for her to pick up! Luckily she enlists the help of a ghost, vampire, mummy and bat and with a little teamwork they save the night! The rhyming text is almost like a song and kids love it! It’s possibly my son’s favorite Halloween book and I love that it’s the smallest creature who uses it’s brain not brawn to solve the problem.