Spooky Ghost

Spooky Ghost

This spooky ghost activity gets your child to turn his hand prints into a ghastly ghoul! Help your child make a scary decoration, while he practices tracing and cutting along lines. This spooky ghost activity is sure to get your little one into a frightfully festive mood for the Halloween season!

What You Need:

  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

What You Do:

  1. Have your child place a sheet of white paper in a landscape position. It will be long from side to side and have a shorter width.
  2. Ask her to fold one side of the paper so it matches up with the other side, left to right.
  3. Inquire which hand she draws with, and ask her to place her opposite hand on the sheet of folded paper. Encourage her to fan her fingers apart.
  4. Ask her to use her other hand to trace around her fingers with a pencil. Let her know that she should take as much time as she needs.
  5. When she finishes, flip the paper upside down and extend the lines of her wrist into the head of a ghost. It should look something like a light bulb.
  6. Keep the paper folded and have her cut along the lines she’s drawn. She should end up with 2 ghost-like shapes!
  7. Have her glue the two hand prints together at the top, where the ghost’s head is located. The cut out fingers should be slightly off-line, so they’re not stacked.
  8. Ask her to finish the ghost by drawing eyes and a mouth on its face to give it some personality!

Boo!

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Candy Wrapper Collage

Candy Wrapper Collage

This candy wrapper collage is a cool upcycled craft that will distract your little monster from any post trick-or-treating blues. If you don’t know what to do with candy wrappers post-consumption, try turning them into artwork. Artists around the world use “found” objects to make cool collages and magnificent pieces of mixed media. Teach your child about this everyday art form and encourage her to try it out by making her very own spooky landscape candy wrapper collage.

What You Need:

  • Used Halloween candy wrappers
  • Cardboard (try reusing a piece of a cereal or shoe box)
  • Glue stick
  • Glue
  • Tempera paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Fallen leaves
  • Scissors
  • Construction or tissue paper (if desired)

What You Do:

  1. Choose a specific Halloween theme. We made a graveyard!
  2. Help your child to cut the wrappers to create interesting shapes.
  3. Have your little one arrange the piece of cardboard in a landscape position.
  4. Create a collage using the wrappers, and any other small objects your child may want to include as part of the collage. Add construction or tissue paper if desired.
  5. Set aside to dry.
  6. Paint details onto the design using the tempera. Let dry.
  7. Adhere leaves around the border of your picture collage.

As an added bonus, this activity will help your child to learn about concepts such as color, shape, and texture. Make sure to have her point out the letters and words on the wrappers as she works, and then count how many candy wrappers she used to create her oh-so spooky Halloween collage.

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