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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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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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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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Eerie Eco-Bats

ecobatsCreate fun, eco-friendly bat decorations for Halloween using recycled materials!

Goals:

  • To have fun creating unique bat decorations for Halloween
  • To recycle materials from home for a one-of-a-kind art project
  • To encourage creativity and self-expression

Before You Start:
Have children collect clean, empty cardboard egg cartons from home (or provide some for those who do not have any). Set out paint cups with Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera paint in various colors, paintbrushes, scissors, wiggly eyes, glitter, white Colorations® construction paper, scissors and glue. Cut out small sections of the egg cartons for the children to use; they can be in sets of 3 cups or 5 cups, depending on how large the final bats will be. Finally, pre-cut pieces of yarn or string for hanging.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Provide children with their own egg carton sections. Demonstrate how to cut the outside cups with a zig-zag pattern to look like bat wings, making sure not to cut the cup in the center (which will become the face/body).

Step 2.
Have children paint their egg carton bats. Encourage them to be creative with the colors and to design their bats any way they like.

Step 3.
Once the bats are dried, have the children give their bats faces and decorate with the collage materials provided. Children can cut vampire “teeth” using construction paper to glue to their bats’ faces.

Step 4.
Show children how to gently poke a hole in the top of their bats’ body and thread one of the pre-cut pieces of yarn through for hanging.

Step 5.
Now everyone has a one-of-a-kind bat to display around the classroom for Halloween!

Furthermore:
Gather children together for circle time and share their unique decorations. This a great opportunity to teach a lesson about science by encouraging discussion about bats and their habitats. The teacher may also read a Halloween-related story aloud to the children that features bats and/or vampire bats.

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Matching Fun!

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Submitted by: Teri Price

This is a fun matching game for any age.

Goals:

  • To help children match, categorize and have fun doing it
  • To match like objects and look for differences

Before You Start:
Get small wooden objects from a craft store. The flat ones can usually be bought in packs of 10. Paint them in pairs, making two the same. After they dry, place Hook & Loop Fastener on the back to use on a felt board – but you could also use magnets. This is a lot of fun to do with different seasons: *For Halloween, I made different faces on pumpkins. The children had to look for the different eye shapes and mouth expressions. *For Christmas, make different ornaments on the trees – make some look alike, just changing the color on a few ornaments. This makes it a little trickier for the children. *Easter eggs, leaves, beach balls, any shape would work.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Place the 10 shapes on a felt board and have each child match a pair.

Step 2.
Explain what differences to look for between the objects.

Step 3.
They can do this for circle time, or just free time. My preschool kids are excited to see the new ones up when they come each week.

Furthermore:
This activity is just a fun learning game. It really helps the children look for differences and like objects. It is fun for the teacher to paint too. Children can learn to be more observant. Make the pictures harder for older children and more obvious for toddlers and younger.

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Skeleton Discovery

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Submitted by: Teri Price

A simple Halloween-themed activity that introduces the skeletal system to young ones.

Goals:

  • To introduce skeleton parts while encouraging shape and object recognition
  • To reinforce fine motor skills

Before You Start:
You will need a light table or a tabletop light box. You will also need human x-rays, or, you can print and cut out pictures of the skeletal system. If using cutouts, have on hand a laminator, laminating sheets, scissors and a light table. Laminate cutouts.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Place the skeleton parts under a light table.

Step 2.
Have the children explore the parts. Discuss the parts, helping them name each one.

Step 3.
Encourage them to make different poses with the bones!

Step 4.
When they become more familiar with the parts, have the kids take turns partnering up and quizzing each other.

Furthermore:
Find a song that you could sing while doing this activity to further reinforce this lesson.

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