Boredom Busters: It’s Halloween Craft Time!

Earlier this week I was at my friend Deanna’s house and I couldn’t help but notice all the cute Halloween decorations that filled the kitchen and living room walls. Made by her two sons, they really added a very cute “shabby chic” effect to the house. When I got home, I thought that my store bought decorations looked a bit, well, “plastic-y.” So, this month’s Boredom Busters came just in time. Breezy Mama Cheryl, who co-owns a preschool (the Tree House Children’s Center) in Northern California, shares with us five adorable Halloween crafts (plus one fun Boredom Buster, good for anytime of the year) that you can do at home, very easily.  Have fun, and BOO!

From Cheryl:

Hammer Time

Kids love to hammer but sometimes it is hard to hammer a nail into wood.  That is why this project is so fun.

What you need:

  • One medium size pumpkin
  • One bag of golf tees (which can be found at Walmart or a sports store)
  • One kid size hammer

What you do:

Let the kids hammer the tees in to the pumpkin however they want.  Once you run out of tees they can pull them all out and hammer some more.

Let’s Get Windy

Halloween wind socks are fun to make and look great as decorations around the house.

What you need:

  • Black and orange paper
  • Glue or tape
  • Streamers

What you do:

Start with one color wrapped like a tube.  From there you can have your child decorate a bat or cut out shapes to make it into a jack-o-lantern.  You could also make ghost shapes or Frankenstein faces. . . use your imagination and have fun.

Here Comes Mr. Bones

Another fun art project that makes a great Halloween decoration is Mr. Bones.

What you need:

  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Q-tips

What you do:

Cut the Q-tips into different lengths and a piece of white paper into a skull shape.  Have your child start by gluing the skull on the paper. He/she then adds the bones (the Q-Tips) to create Mr. Bones.  If you want to take it a step further you can have your child add paint and glitter.

The Monster Mash

Kids of all ages love to play with play-dough.  I have made a lot of play-dough in my years as a teacher and parent and found this recipe to be the best.  This time of year it is fun to use Halloween shaped cookie cutters with the dough as well as the Mr. Potato Head pumpkin kit pieces (found at Target in the pumpkin carving section).  Kids love to make different funny faces over and over again.

Play-Dough recipe:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups water (add food coloring to color dough)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons Cream of Tartar (sold inexpensively at Walmart or Target)

Directions:

Combine dry ingredients, add wet ingredients.  Cook over medium heat while stirring until the dough gets stiff.  Take out of the pan and kneed.  Keep in a Ziplock when not being used.  Will last for about two weeks. If you want to make smelly (as in it smells good) dough, add two packages unsweetened Kool-Aid.

Ohhhhh, What?

Obblick is really fun for kids of all ages to play with!

What you need:

  • 2 to 3 boxes of cornstarch
  • Water table or large dishpan-type container
  • 2 cups water
  • Food coloring (optional)

What you do:

In your water table / dishpan, pour in the two boxes of the cornstarch and add the two cups of water (add the food coloring if you want to color the goo).  Use your hands to mix together–you want all the powder and water to mix together but for the mixture to be somewhat stiff.  As you pick it up it will feel hard, but once it’s in your hand it will turn to liquid and run through your fingers.  If it is too dry add water a ¼ of a cup at a time.  You can keep the obblick in the tub for a few days–if it dries out, just crumble up the powder and add small amounts of water until it turns back into obblick.

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About Cheryl Moore: Cheryl is the co-owner and co-administrator of The Tree House Children’s Center and is the director of the Preschool programs.  She has been a preschool teacher for over 20 years and holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education.  During those 20 years she has worked as a teacher and director in full time centers, owned and operated a family home child care center, and been the head teacher for two different Parent Cooperatives.  She is passionate about working with children and their families.  She believes that working together we can give the children the tools they need to build strong relationships as they grow up.

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  1. Enjoyed reading about these Halloween crafts for kids. If you’re looking for some other ideas, we’ve found some great easy Halloween crafts for kids: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/easy-halloween-crafts-for-kids/

  2. Hi Cheryl, I really like your ideas for crafting with kids! I can’t help thinking you would really enjoy the 20 Best Halloween Crafts for Kids page on FaveCrafts (http://www.favecrafts.com/Halloween-Kids-Crafts/Top-20-Halloween-Crafts-for-Kids#Halloween-Crafts-for-Preschoolers). There are a bunch of pumpkin projects, but unfortunately they do not involve hammers 🙂 Have a great day!

  3. These are really great crafts and so creative and ideal for preschoolers . Working with toddlers i’ll check here regularly ; thanks for sharing !

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