Spider Craft

Spider Craft

Spider crafts help get your house creepy-crawly for Halloween! This scary spider craft is a great activity for kids who want to help decorate for the spookiest holiday of the year. Help your child weave some fun by creating a web, then making a spider to live in it!

What You Need:

  • Yarn or string 3 straight sticks, or large Popsicle sticks
  • Craft wire
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Markers
  • Styrofoam ball (you can buy this at any craft store)

What You Do:

  1. First, glue (or attach with craft wire) two sticks together, in the shape of an X.
  2. Lie a third stick across the middle and attach it.
  3. Using the yarn, wrap it up and around the first stick, then up and around the next one, moving from stick to stick. If you’d like to use more than one color, you can tie another piece of yarn to the first one and continue around the sticks.
  4. Keep weaving your “web” until you get to the tops of the sticks, then tie a knot to finish it off.
  5. Create a loop at the top most stick to hang your web to a tree, or wherever else you’d like to spread some spooky fun.

How to Make the Spider: Pipe cleaners are difficult to cut, and can be sharp, so make sure the parent or adult uses the scissors! Cut several pipe cleaners in half, then let your child stick them into the Styrofoam ball to create spider legs. Give her a marker and have her draw the spider’s face and any other features she’d like. Then attach the spider to her web, using glue or yarn. Boo-tiful!

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Green Witch

Green Witch

Thousands of witches come out to celebrate Halloween. Now, your child can make her very own self-standing witch. In the process, she’ll get to practice making cone shapes out of construction paper for the witch’s hat.

What You Need:

  • Small terra cotta pot
  • Black and green tempera paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Medium Styrofoam ball
  • Black construction paper
  • Googly eyes (we used orange!)
  • Black yarn
  • White glue, or a low-temperature glue gun
  • Thin black permanent marker
  • Mini stapler

What You Do:

  1. Have your child paint the terra cotta pot with the black paint, and the Styrofoam ball with the green paint. Set them aside to dry.
  2. Help show her how to make a cone with the black construction paper. Encourage her to make her own cone to top the witch’s hat. Staple it in place and cut off any excess paper.
  3. Encourage her to cut out a circle for the base of the hat. Help her glue the cone to the circle to create the witch’s hat.
  4. Add yarn to the top of the Styrofoam ball to create hair for the witch. You can set the ball in the mouth of the pot so it stays in one place while you’re working on it!
  5. Glue the hat on top of the yarn.
  6. Have her glue the googly eyes in place and draw a mouth on her witch.
  7. Flip the terra cotta pot over, so the bottom is at the top. Glue the witch’s head onto the base of the pot.

Is the witch a good witch, or an evil witch? Set your witch where she can greet trick-or-treaters!

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Make a Pumpkin Math Book

Make a Pumpkin Math Book

This Halloween math activity book is a whole lot of fun. Kids will experiment with weight, measurement, buoyancy, scientific illustrations, texture, predictions and counting. This Pumpkin Math Book is designed to reinforce important elementary school math skills in interactive and interesting ways.

What You Need:

  • String
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Large glass bowl filled with water
  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Scale
  • Small hand-held pumpkin your child can carry

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What You

Do:

  1. Print both pages of the Pumpkin Math Book and carefully cut along the dotted lines. Arrange and staple the eight-page Pumpkin Math Book.
  2. Color the cover.
  3. Weigh your pumpkin and record. Be sure to label (pounds, kilograms, etc.)
  4. Measure the circumference of your pumpkin with string and tape it into the book.
  5. Circle the words that describe the texture of your pumpkin. Add your own describing words.
  6. Make a prediction about whether your pumpkin will float or not. Test your pumpkin in the bowl with water. Record the result.
  7. Complete the pumpkin pattern.
  8. Count the stripes on your pumpkin. Make sure to pay attention to where you started.
  9. Sketch your pumpkin. Add a silly or scary face!
  10. Share your Pumpkin Math Book with a sibling, parent or friend.

This range of math activities will help your child with critical thinking, logical reasoning, observation, and light a spark of excitement about Halloween!

 

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Dancing Skeleton

Dancing Skeleton

Having some dancing skeletons hanging around the house is great way to prepare for All Hallows’ Eve. While this spooky skeleton isn’t anatomically correct, this activity is great for honing those fine motor skills. Your child will practice cutting multiple bones out of folded sheets of paper. Make sure he counts the folds carefully so he ends up with the correct amount of bones.

What You Need:

  • Construction paper (white and black)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

What You Do:

  1. Have your child fold the white paper in half and cut along the fold line.
  2. Ask him to fold both pieces of white paper three times each.
  3. Encourage him to draw a dog bone shape on the top of each piece of paper. His bone should be about 1″ – 1.5″ in length.
  4. Keeping both pieces of paper folded, have him cut out each bone. He should end up with 16 bones total.
  5. Starting with the base of the skeleton, have him tear one bone in half and place it where the feet of the skeleton will go.
  6. Ask him to build the skeleton from the bottom up, moving the position of the bones as he goes. There should be two bones in each leg, four bones making up the torso, one bone for each shoulder, and two bones for each arm.
  7. Have him draw a skull for the skeletons head and two hands. Cut them out and glue them in place.

Imagine what your super funky skeleton would look like if he came to life and started dancing around!

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