Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

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.

Plastic grocery bag ghost

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

These are fun for a whole class to make. You can hang the ghosts from the ceiling, or just let the preschoolers run around with the ghosts “flying” behind them. At home, hang them around your porch.

What You Need: two plastic grocery bags; white or clear lid (such as from whipped topping or oatmeal container); two white pipe cleaners; scissors; black construction paper; glue; stapler; cellophane tape; hole punch; yarn.
Plastic grocery bag ghost
How You Make It: Cut off the bag handles as well as any writing or logos on each bag. Cut 1- to 2-inch strips from the top of bag to about 1 inch from the bottom of the bag. (Do this with both bags). Fold white pipe cleaner into seam of one bag and secure with staples. Do the same with the other bag. Now, bend each pipe cleaner/bag into a semi-circle and insert into inside rim of lid and secure with tape. Do the same with the other pipe cleaner/bag. (They will overlap a bit.) Glue on construction paper ovals for ghost eyes. Punch hole in lid and hang from yarn. Spooky!

Plastic grocery bag ghost completed
Safety Alert: Plastic bags are a suffocation hazard. Please observe children closely when making this craft.

Lollipop and tissue paper ghost

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

This one is definitely a classic! These little ghosts come together quickly and make for a great treat on Halloween. You could also make them using Kleenex-type tissue and yarn.
What You Need: two same-size squares of white tissue paper, a lollipop, black marker and black ribbon
lollipop ghost supplies
How You Make It: Stack tissue paper together, wrap around lollipop and tie with ribbon. (Preschoolers can practice bow-tying skills or a knot would be fine.) Use marker to add eyes.

lollipop ghost

Plastic cup spider for Halloween

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Imagine a classroom full of these spiders jiggling and dangling at Halloween time, or during a preschool theme about spiders and bugs!

What You Need: disposable plastic cup, scissors, black marker, yarn.
Plastic cup spider for Halloween

How You Make It: Using scissor points or other pointy tool, adult pokes small hole in bottom of plastic cup. Child makes spider legs by making 12 cuts from the top of the cup to about 1 inch from the bottom of the cup. (remember: Enjoy the Process! Precision isn’t a big deal.) For the eyes, cut two of the “legs” off at about 1 inch. Fold eyes upward and add eyeball using black marker. Opposite the eyes, cut off the back two “legs” so you are left with eight legs. Fold legs downward at the crease. Now, hang your wiggly spider with a knotted strand of yarn.

plastic cup spider

“We tried it” tip: Because this craft involves the cutting of a fairly thick cup, it might be best-suited to older preschoolers with more-developed motor skills and experience with scissors.
Suggested storybook:The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle