Category Archives: Halloween

Spider Hat

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Submitted by: Kathy Worrell

Learn about spiders as children make a goofy hat!

Goals:

  • To learn about spiders
  • To learn that spiders have 8 legs

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: black construction paper, wiggly eyes, glue, staples and a stapler or black tape.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Cut black construction paper into 10 equal, long strips for each child.

Step 2.
Take two strips and attach them together to create a circle that fits around the child’s head.

Step 3.
Attach 4 legs to each side of the circle. Crinkle the legs in an accordion fashion.

Step 4.
Add wiggly eyes to the front of the spider hat.

Furthermore:
Have the children wear their hats as they sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and read books about spiders.

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Footprint Ghosts

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Submitted by: Laurie Shaw

Children use their feet to make ghost decorations for Halloween.

Goals:

  • To promote creative thinking
  • To encourage organizational and planning skills

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: white paint, construction paper, a small paint roller, glitter glue, wiggly eyes and other decorative items.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Lay out plastic or newspaper to protect the floor.

Step 2.
Using a paint roller, gently roll white paint onto the bottom of the children’s feet.

Step 3.
Have the children carefully stand on a piece of construction paper, placed on a hard surface.

Step 4.
Decorate the ghosts using wiggly eyes, glitter glue or any other decorative items.

Furthermore:
Have the children compare and discuss the different shapes and sizes of each other’s footprints.

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Specimens and Potions

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Submitted by: Gaby Merediz

Explore outside to create a special jar of specimens and potions for Halloween.

Goals:

  • To engage in imaginative play
  • To explore outside in the fall season

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: an empty jar (jam, peanut butter, mason jar, etc.), Liquid Watercolor™, wiggly eyes, paint brushes or paint droppers, various cups for paint and water and natural items found outside. Lead a nature walk outside to gather acorns, twigs, plants, grass, dead flowers, etc. Provide the children with a small bag to use to collect their items.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Fill the empty jar about half way with water. Pour, mix and add Liquid Watercolor™ to the jar until you get the desired color.

Step 2.
Add items collected from outside to the jar.

Step 3.
Glue or attach self-adhesive wiggly eyes or other decorations to the outside of the jar.

Step 4.
Use the creepified jar to decorate for Halloween!

Furthermore:
While working, talk about the different items that were collected on the nature walk. Try to discuss and identify each item. When mixing colors in the jar, talk about color blending. What new color does two other colors create?

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BioColor® Masks

biocolormasksThis unique mask-making project lets children enjoy process painting with a creative result; it is also a wonderful activity for Halloween!

Goals:

  • To encourage creativity and fine motor skills
  • To create a fun mask that can be used for dramatic play

Before You Start:
Gather all materials needed for masks: white paper, BioColor® paint, BioColor® scraper, feathers, rhinestones, glitter and other collage items.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Fold and crease paper in half.

Step 2.
Unfold and drop dime-sized dots of BioColor® along center fold.

Step 3.
Fold paper in half and use fingers to push BioColor® out from crease onto paper.

Step 4.
Before unfolding, take a BioColor® Scraper and use its corner and edge to push down firmly on the paper, creating an eye, nose and mouth (or teeth) mark.

Step 5.
Unfold. Dry.

Step 6.
Cut around edges and add collage materials.

Furthermore:
This mask is very versatile. Put on display or use for dramatic play time, Halloween costumes or a school play.

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Symmetrical Ghosts

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Submitted by: Julie Henderson

Help students discover symmetry and printmaking while creating ghosts for the fall classroom.

Goals:

  • To introduce visual elements, such as symmetry, in various art forms
  • To encourage creativity and imagination
  • To make a fun craft for Halloween and fall

Before You Start:
Gather your materials: dark colored construction paper (glitter paper works nicely), white BioColor® paint, and small circular stickers. Optional: markers and Nancy™ bottles prefilled with BioColor® paint.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Demonstrate how to fold a piece of construction paper in half, like a hot-dog bun. Give children each a piece of construction paper, and have them fold their own similarly.

Step 2.
Have them open up their papers and drizzle white paint on one half of the inside. (Nancy™ bottles pre-filled with paint make it easy for the children to do this themselves with minimal mess.)

Step 3.
Have them fold their papers again and press on top with their fingers out toward the edges to spread the paint. You may want to have the children press further out from one section of the fold to create the look of arms when the sheet is opened.

Step 4.
Let them open them up and see their ghosts! This is a great opportunity to talk with the children about the concept of symmetry, as they can see the sides of their ghosts are the same. The teacher may also decide to discuss other aspects of visual elements in art if he or she chooses. Then, set ghosts aside to dry.

Step 5.
Once the paint is completely dry, they can decorate with the stickers for the eyes and mouth. Display ghosts around the room as a Halloween/fall decoration.

Furthermore:
You can use metallic, paper hole protectors for the eyes and mouth or the children can draw them on with markers or crayons. Compare the different sizes and shapes of the ghosts.

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Pumpkin Sox

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Submitted by: LeeAnn Veinotte

Make a pumpkin using a nylon knee-high sock!

Goals:

  • To create a 3-D art project for fall
  • To encourage creativity with a fun craft

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed for activity: knee-high nylons (0.33 weight suggested), material for stuffing, plastic craft needles, yarn, paintbrushes and yellow and orange paint. The teacher may want to pre-thread the needles with yarn beforehand.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Give each child a nylon knee-high sock and have them stuff with the materials you have provided. Have them fill their socks with enough stuffing so it begins to take the shape of a pumpkin. The more they stuff, the bigger the pumpkin.

Step 2.
Help children tie off the end and cut the excess sock. Be sure to leave enough so that it looks like a stem!

Step 3.
Help children thread the needles (or provide a pre-threaded needle) with yarn, and tie a knot at the end of the string.

Step 4.
Have children start from the bottom of the pumpkin. Push needle up to the top through the middle.

Step 5.
Next, take yarn on the outside of the pumpkin and come back up through the bottom again to the top. Repeat, leaving a space between each of your “stitches”, all the way around the pumpkin (pull a little tight). This makes the rings or grooves around the outside of the pumpkin.

Step 6.
Once you’ve made your grooves in the pumpkin, make a knot in the yarn at the top and tie off.

Step 7.
Children can paint their pumpkins any way they like. Display around the room for the fall season!

Furthermore:
Paint or glue on some leaves and color the stem with green or brown paint. You may also want to experiment with sponges or rollers to add texture when painting. For Halloween, make jack-o-lanterns by decorating you new creation with pom poms, buttons, wiggly eyes, markers and more!

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Puffy Pumpkins

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Submitted by: Stephanie Avarett

Make some adorable puffy pumpkins for autumn with this fun, sensory art experience!

Goals:

  • To explore tactile properties of the squishy paint mixture
  • To express creativity and make a fun autumn craft

Before You Start:
For each child, prepare one cup of shaving cream, one squirt of orange Colorations® paint, a few squirts of school glue in small bowls. Set out facial tissues, construction paper (for background) and brown pipe cleaners.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have each child combine the paint, glue and shaving cream in their bowls to create an orange mixture.

Step 2.
Let them drop in the tissues, one at a time, into their mixtures and squeeze until saturated.

Step 3.
Have the children then drop the tissues onto the construction paper backgrounds to form a pumpkin shape.

Step 4.
Allow the children to add facial features to their pumpkin “blobs” while they are still wet.

Step 5.
Show the children how to curl a brown pipe cleaner and glue on as a stem if they wish.

Step 6.
Once pumpkins are dry, they will stay puffy for a few weeks and make a great hall display for fall and Thanksgiving!

Furthermore:
Colorations® foam paint can also be used instead of the paint and shaving cream mixture. Children can also make their pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween! Simply pre-cut tissues into a variety of shapes for dipping into the paint mixture and place onto the pumpkins to form the jack-o-lantern face.

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