Archive for the ‘Halloween crafts’ Category

Egg carton spider

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Great for Halloween or a spider unit in school, these spiders are quick and fun to make. If you want, you can twist one of the pipe cleaner legs to make the spider “hold” a name to identify a child’s desk or as a placecard at a Halloween party.
egg carton spider
What You Need: 1 “cup” section from egg carton; black tempera paint; 2 black pipe cleaners; 2 googly eyes; paintbrush; glue; 1/8″ hole punch or poking tool.
How You Make It: Adults should precut egg carton and pipe cleaners and poke the leg holes for littler kids. Paint egg carton section black and let dry. Poke or punch four holes on each of two sides of the egg carton cup. Cut each pipe cleaner in half, poke in one hole and out the opposite side and bend into leg shapes. Use glue to add googly eyes.

Pumpkin head craft

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

This is a craft where preschoolers can really use their imaginations. Set out a bunch of ideas with which to dress up pumpkins: yarn, felt, markers, etc. The best part is, each child will come up with something different.
Pumpkin head craft
What You Need: mini pumpkin; feathers; acorn tops (or whatever you’d like); glue
How You Make It: Set pumpkin on its side so the stem becomes the nose. Add acorn eyes, feather hair or anything else. The only limit is supplies and a preschool imagination!

Spider bracelet made by tracing hand

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

These spiders can be made as bracelets or rings. Preschoolers love wiggling them around. It’s even more fun because it’s made by tracing the child’s own hand!
What You Need: black construction paper; 2 googly eyes; office brad; white crayon; scrap of white paper; glue; scissors; stapler.
spider bracelet supplies
How You Make It: Fold construction paper in half. Have child place hand at fold, about halfway down the palm. Using white crayon, trace fingers (but not the thumb). Unfold and cut out. Use pencil or crayon to roll “legs” so they curl under a bit. Cut strip of black construction paper 1 inch wide and about 1″ longer than the child’s wrist. Staple ends together. Use brad to attach wrist loop to spider’s body. Glue on eyes and little triangles cut from white paper for fangs.

Spider bracelet made by tracing hand

Footprint ghosts for Halloween

Monday, September 24th, 2007

This is a quick, fun craft for preschoolers, and as a bonus you preserve their little feet at that age. Be sure to use washable tempera paint for easy cleanup.
What You Need: black construction paper; white washable tempera paint; black tempera paint; small paintbrush.
ghost footprint supplies
How You Make It: Set construction paper on floor. Paint child’s feet white. Have child stand on paper, keeping feet still. Then lift up child. If paper sticks, pull it straight off so it doesn’t smear. Wash feet. Once paint dries, use paintbrush to add eyes and mouth to ghost. You could also use googly eyes.

ghost footprint

Jack o’ lantern pumpkin treat cup

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

These quick-to-make jack o’ lantern cups would be perfect for a Halloween party. Just add the kids’ names to the top part of each cup! They’re just the right size for classroom treats, too.
What You Need: orange plastic cup (Solo produces them around Halloween time, and the black cups included in the multipack are perfect for’s plastic cup spiders.), black permanent marker, handheld hole punch, black pipe cleaner.
Jack o’ lantern pumpkin treat cup supplies
How You Make It: Just draw your favorite jack o’ lantern face on your cup! Use hole punch to punch two holes opposite one another near the top of the cup (adult may need to help with this.) Insert about 1 1/2″ of pipe cleaner into each hole and twist to secure.

Jack o’ lantern pumpkin treat cup
Safety Alert: Permanent markers are not nontoxic, and will mark skin, so be sure to supervise kids closely on this craft. As an alternative, you could cut shapes from black construction paper and adhere them to the cup.