Candy Corn Candy Holder

Candy Corn Candy Holder

Big and bulky bags hold a lot of candy, but they’re not very or fun to look at or tote around. In this activity, your child will make a candy corn candy holder that perfect for carrying a very small amount of candy. While creating his candy holder he’ll practice making a cone shape from construction paper in different sizes. Once a paper handle is attached to the finished cone, you’ve got the perfect portable storage space for all kinds of delicious lightweight treats.

What You Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Mini stapler
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Lightweight treats
  • Double-sided tape

What You Do:

  1. Help your child make a large cone by taking a full sheet of construction paper and twirling it inward from one corner. Once a cone shape is accomplished, ask him to staple it in place. Cut off the excess paper.
  2. Cut a sheet of paper in half and repeat step 1 to make a smaller cone.
  3. Ask him to place a couple of strips of double stick tape on the inside of the smaller cone and gently fit it over the first cone shape. Then, press the two cones together.
  4. Have him add a third cone if he’s so inclined.
  5. Lay a sheet of construction paper on the table and show your child how to measure a 1.5″ x 11.5″ strip of paper using a ruler and a pencil. Ask him to cut along the line you marked to create a handle.
  6. Help him staple the handle to the inside of the candy bag on opposite sides of the cone.
  7. Allow him to fill the candy bag with any type of lightweight treats he wants!

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Green Monster

Green Monster

Every Halloween celebration needs a few scary monsters! This activity will help your child practice counting, tracing and cutting to create her very own green monster. Once she’s all finished, her monster will be ready to startle guests with his curly fingers that are just itching to grab some candy!

What You Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tempera paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Craft glue

What You Do:

  1. Help your child paint the back of a paper plate green. Let dry completely.
  2. Ask her to fold a sheet of construction paper in half and trace one of her hands with fingers spread out on top of the folded paper. Cut out the hand along the drawn lines to create two hands.
  3. Ask your child to cut out an oval for the monster’s nose using the scrap paper left over from the hands.
  4. Have her cut out a mouth, eyes and eyebrows from the construction paper.
  5. Show her how to curl the fingers using a pencil. Demonstrate curling one finger, then have her curl the remaining nine fingers. She can count as she goes to sneak in a bit of math practice!
  6. Ask her to attach all of the elements of her monster to the paper plate.
  7. Hang the paper plate on the front door to scare some trick-or-treaters!
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Scary Spider

Scary Spider

Turn your little ghoul’s hands into a creepy, crawly spider just in time for Halloween. All she’ll need are her little hands to create a kooky, spooky spider. She’ll create detailed shapes as she cuts around each of her fingers to make spindly spider legs. What’s more, she’ll get to practice making concentric shapes while drawing a spider’s web!

What You Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Watercolor paper
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Marker
  • Black tempera
  • Paintbrush

What You Do:

  1. Help your child to paint the inside of one of her hands, covering the entire palm and all of her fingers. Then, press it onto the watercolor paper from the center pointing outwards. Make sure her fingers are spread apart so she can create those creepy spider legs!
  2. Repeat this process with the other hand, pressing the wrist part of the hand to the wrist part of the first print. Let the spider body dry.
  3. While the spider dries, show her how to draw a spider web. It begins with a star pattern, then wide “U” shapes in concentric circles. Have her draw her own web covering the entire sheet of paper using a marker.
  4. Encourage her to carefully cut out her spider, cutting around each finger. She can get as intricate as she likes, even showing knuckles.
  5. Ask her to glue her cut-out spider onto the web.
  6. Attach googly eyes to the spider to give it a personality. We gave it two, but don’t let our example deter you from adding a few more. Some spiders have up to 8 eyes!
  7. Hang the spider in a doorway to scare trick-or-treaters!

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