Tuesday, October 29, 2013

31 Crafts of Halloween

     Today I want to do something a little different.  Instead of a recipe for y'all I have a list of 31 Halloween crafts for your little one.  These are all simple to put together, but fun for your little one.  So here we go:

1. Make your own skeleton friend.  This one was simple.  Just go here and download the free template. Print it out; follow the instruction, and voila!  You have a tiny skeleton man for your child to play with.

2.  Cotton ball ghost.  This one couldn't be easier.  Simply outline the shape of a ghost on some black construction paper with glue, and have your little one place the cotton balls.  Add a couple of googly eyes, and there you go.

3.  Halloween tree!  Monkey has a year 'round tree, so we decorated it for Halloween.  You could do the same with a tree in your backyard.  For hers we used some orange crinkle paper, construction paper bats, and a witch's hat made from construction paper and a paper plate.

4.  Circle Pumpkin.  Here's another easy one; simply cut out nine strips of orange construction paper and one strip of green.  Have your little one form circles with them and tape them in place.  Arrange into the shape of a pumpkin, and you're done :-)

5.  Footprint ghost.  This one's self-explanatory.

6. ^Handprint tree.   Create a spooky tree with your little one's hand and black paint. Or for a less creepy look, use brown paint, and add leaves with their little fingerprints.

7.  Construction paper spiders.  Trace your child's hand on a black piece of construction paper.  Cut it out, and have them glue the two hands together as seen below.  Add googly eyes and a bit of string.

8.  ^Toilet paper bat.  Paint an empty toilet paper tube black.  Add red eyes and white fangs if desired.  Cut out wings from black construction paper and attach with tape.  

9.  Q-tip skeleton.  Have your little one assemble a skeleton out of q-tips, glue, and construction paper.

10.  Halloween color-by-letter; simply click on this link, and print out one of their Halloween-themed pictures.

11.  Spider webs!

Simply twist three white pipe cleaners together.  Tie a bit of string to one of the pipe cleaners, and have your little one attach it to the next pipe cleaner by wrapping it around a few times before attaching it to the next pipe cleaner.  Continue until you're back to the knot.  Tie off the string.

  Go a little higher up, and tie a new know on the piper cleaner.  Have your little one continue to attach the string to each pipe cleaner by wrapping it around them as before.

 Repeat the process until you're almost to the end of the pipe cleaner.  Add a plastic spider to the center if desired and hang it up.

 12.  Construction paper pumpkins.  Cut out three strips of orange construction paper.  Tape the first together, forming a circle.  With the second strip, form another circle around the first; tape down.  Form another circle around the first two; tape down.  Cut a small square of brown paper; roll into a cylinder, and tape to the top of your pumpkin.  Cut out and attach a little green leaf.

13.  Witchy Shapes!  This one is great for reviewing shapes with your little one.

Using construction paper cut out the following shapes:
1 green square (for the face)
1 green triangle (for the nose)
2 small black circles (for the eyes)
1 black oval (for the hat brim)
1 big black triangle (for the body)
1 small black triangle (for the hat)
2 extra small black triangles (for the feet)
4 black rectangles (for the arms and legs)
8 orange rectangles (for the hair)
1 long brown rectangle (for the broom)
8 small brown rectangles (for the broom bristles)

14.  Connect the Dots Printable.

This website has a bunch of fun Halloween-themed connect the dots to choose from.

15.  Witch footprints!  Paint all but the heel of your child's foot black.  Paint the heel white; have him/her step on a piece of construction paper.  Accent with pipe cleaner hair and broom.  Add a witch's hat, and voila!

Sorry, this one's blurry.
16. Spinning ghosts!  This one is really simple, and it's cool to hang up and watch them spin around.  Simply trace out a sort of snail-shape on a piece of white construction paper or poster board, like so:

Cut out, and have your little one glue on or draw a face.

Then hang up and watch 'em spin.  

17.  Halloween Wreath.  Here's another one that's strictly construction paper.  Just cut out the different shapes for a pumpkin, Frankenstein, ghost, or other spooky creature, and have your little one assemble their wreath.  Monkey had fun making all the different ghost faces.

18. "B" is for bat!  This one's good for reviewing the letter "b" and for adding another spooky creature to your wall decor.

19.  Tired of construction paper?  Then here's a link to print out this Jack-o-lantern Scarecrow.

20.  Since we're still on a break from construction paper crafts, try this pasta skeleton:

We go through a serious amount of pasta in my house, so it was easy to find a variety for this particular craft.

21. Tissue Paper Ghosts

For one ghost you'll need one piece of cardboard cut into a circle, one clothespin, and one sheet of tissue paper, folded in half, and a piece of white string or yarn. Simply clip the clothespin on the piece of cardboard, wrap the piece of tissue paper around the "head" of the ghost, and tie with a bit of string around the "neck".  Monkey gave ours eyes before she'd let me hang them up.

22.  Apple Stamped Pumpkins

 For this all you're need is half of an apple.  Carve out a face, and have your little one use it as a stamp to make pumpkins.

23. Name Skeleton

 I've been seeing these floating around Pinterest for a while now, so we had to try one.  Simply write out your child's name in a bubbly cursive, and cut out.  Cut out a skeleton's head, arms, and legs.  Have your child assemble and draw on the face.  Monkey insisted that hers needed a bow, since it's a girl skeleton.

24.  Paper Jack-o-Lanterns.  Yes; we're back to construction paper, but these are a classic.  I remember making these in primary school.  Simply fold a piece of orange construction paper in half ("hamburger-style, not hot dog" as my teacher used to say), draw lines starting on the folded side going up until it's a couple of inches from the top, and have your little one cut along the lines.  

Unfold, a form a cylinder.  Tape ends together, and have you little one add a face before hanging up.


25.  Halloween Maze Printable

Click here to print out this fun maze, and help Frankenstein's monster find his head.

26.  Paper Ghost Chain.  

Take a piece of construction paper, and cut it in half lengthwise.  Tape those two pieces together so you have one really long strip.  accordion fold, and draw a ghost.
Cut out, and voila!

I have many fond memories of my mom making paper doll chains for my sister and I growing up.  I thought it was the coolest thing for her to cut out one doll, and then magically pull out this string of dolls.  I thought it would be fun to share the magic with my little Monkey.  However, she was not quite as impressed when I over-dramatically turned one ghost into many.  Her reaction? A quick twitch of her mouth upward before continuing with the coloring I had interrupted.  Fine kid!  She did enjoy giving them faces, though.  

27. Dress Up Yourself!  This one had Monkey a lot more excited.  I drew out a few sketches of various Halloween costumes.  

She colored them, and I cut them out. 

 We then used a few photos of us for her to "dress up" like paper dolls. 

 She got a kick out of making her Daddy a mummy, but my favorite was the grumpy witch.  It was quite fitting.

If you want to save time, or if you're not as proud of your horrible drawings as I am you could probably find some coloring sheets online and simply replace their face with your child's.

28.  "O" is for Owl! I've neer realized how much construction paper we go through in this house.

I'm not 100% sure owls are Halloween-related, but they're nocturnal.  And they start with "O".  October starts with "O", so there you have it folks, owls are Halloween-related.  Mainly because I'm only on number 28 and there's only a few more days until Halloween.  

29. Find the Differences Printable

Click here for a printout and let your little one find 7 differences in the picture.

30.  Witch's Broom

For this one you'll need an empty paper towel tube (or an empty wrapping paper tube for a life-sized model), brown or black paint, and brown construction paper cut into strips.  Have your little one paint the tube and tape or glue the strips to the bottom of the tube. Voila!

31. Paper Plate Skeleton

This crafts requires about 16 plates, white string and a black permanent marker.  Cut the paper plate into the various bone shapes; string the pieces together.  Add a face, and display your creation proudly :-)


Yay!  We made it to 31! Now get to work because there's only 3 days left 'til Halloween ;-)

Bonus:  Halloween Nails!  

Sorry guys, this one's just for those of y'all with little girls.  It was fun giving Monkey and myself a spooky manicure, until she started wiggling, that is.  

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