By Lauren Packer
With Halloween coming this week, it’s only proper that I share some great Halloween crafts with you all. Halloween is the first fun holiday of the holiday trifecta.. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. Children love it because they can be someone else and get rewarded for it. Teachers love it because we can set themes to our lessons and create some cool arts and crafts projects. Parents love it because we get to see our children happy.. not to mention, we get to indulge in all that yummy candy..
In all of that being said, here are some fun Halloween and fall crafts that you can do this week to have some happy haunting Halloween fun or to just tickle your fall fancy. All of the crafts and ideas here can be found on Pinterest.
Toilet paper tube monsters: How cute are these??? Toilet paper and paper towel tubes are a universal arts and crafts tool. They are super inexpensive and can be manipulated into almost anything. All you need here is some tubes, pipe cleaner (Dollar Tree $1.00 for 12) googly eyes (Dollar Tree $1.00 or any craft store) Paint (tempera. Any craft store) and glue (Elmer’s is the best) or a hot glue gun if you have one. Once you have all your materials gathered… set your little one down and create a monster!!!!
Paper plate and crepe paper Ghosts: What’s Halloween without ghosts??? These cute ghostly friends can be made using paper plates (anywhere) and crepe paper or tissue paper( Dollar Tree) a marker for the face and white construction paper for the body parts you want to add. Oh and don’t forget the glue! Sit down to the table with this craft, and your little one is sure to have a ghostly good time!!
Now, for those who choose not to participate in the Halloween festivities, I have 2 wonderful art projects. Remember that Halloween is in the Fall, which means you can talk about spiders, bats, pumpkins, and all the other things that occur during this wonderful season.
Paper plate spiders
What kid doesn’t learn talking about spiders?? We have spent about 2 weeks in my classroom talking about them for science. As eerie and creepy as they are… spiders are pretty cool. Why not do an art project and create a spectacular spider? All you need is paper plates, tempera paint, pipe cleaners, and google eyes. Remember that spiders have 8 legs and tons of eyes. This craft is sure to be a web of wonderfulness!
Fall Name Tree: Your child will “Fall” in love with this craft because they can spell out their name on the leaves. Just draw a tree on construction paper and gather some leaves from outside. You can trace the leaves on paper and then you or your child can cut them out. All you need then is a sharpie to write or have them write their name, and some glue to put it all together. Fall Fantastic!!
I hope that you all enjoy doing these crafts or trying to do some crafts on your own. Arts and crafts are one of the greatest tools to teach and learn. They allow your child to release some creativity that they cannot always use because of school or routine things. It is vitally important to allow your child an outlet, and a chance to get messy and have some fun. You all don’t be afraid to get messy either!