Candy Spiders

Candy Spiders

Spiders may be creepy, crawly and sometimes frightening. Not this one though; it’s filled with flavor! Help your child create his own spider candy bag by folding paper into a pocket to create the spider. This little fella may not frighten friends, but he sure will cause a lot of giggling!

What You Need:

  • Black construction paper, 2 sheets
  • Googly eyes
  • Tape
  • Tissue paper, ½ sheet
  • Scissors
  • Treats

What You Do:

  1. Help your child create the body of the spider by folding a sheet of black paper in half, keeping the creased edge to the bottom.
  2. Ask him to help you fold the side edges back and tape them in place to create a simple pocket.
  3. Have him cut out eight strips of paper for the spider legs. He can cut them however he likes, as long as they are separate shapes. Have him count out loud as he cuts them out to sneak in a little number practice.
  4. Encourage him to tape the legs on the back of the spider.
  5. Fill the spider’s stomach with yummy treats!
  6. Finish the spider bag by gently pushing the tissue paper down on top of the candy, leaving most of it sticking out of the top of the pouch.
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Footprint Ghost

Footprint Ghost

Unless your house is haunted, you’ll probably need to conjure up a few ghosts to give it that spooky Halloween feel. Fortunately, all it takes to create this little bit of magic is a bare foot and some paint. This activity transforms your child’s footprint into a whimsical ghost with just a few artistic flourishes. In the process, he’ll engage in tactile sensory exploration and creative expression. The completed ghosts also make great keepsake gifts for parents or grandparents.

What You Need:

  • Colored paper
  • White paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Rags or wipes
  • Markers

What You Do:

  1. Before you begin, make sure your child’s bare foot is clean. Set up your craft area on a washable workspace with wet rags or wipes nearby.
  2. Sit with your child on the floor, placing his foot in a comfortable spot where you can easily reach it. Explain that you’re going to brush a little paint onto his foot and that it might tickle a bit. If he is curious about what his foot looks like as you paint it, place a small mirror in front of his foot so he can watch the reflection.
  3. Use a small craft paintbrush to apply an even coat of paint to the bottom of his foot.
  4. After the paint is applied, help him carefully press his foot onto the paper. You may want to have extra paper and paint on hand in case the first attempts are smeared.
  5. Use a wet rag or wipes to clean his foot when you’re done.
  6. Allow the footprint to dry completely.
  7. When the footprint is dry, place the paper on your work surface with the toes pointing down. The heel forms the ghost’s head and the toes are the ghost’s billowy bottom.
  8. Invite your child to draw eyes, a mouth, and any other features he can imagine.

Hang your ghost on the fridge, use it to decorate a wall or door, or turn it into a Halloween card to give away. Boo!

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