I have seen an abundance of spooky decorations and ghoulish recipes this year for Halloween, but oddly enough not as many craft ideas for kids so far. I went to search some out to share. Most kids really love doing crafts – for them the process is really much more important than the final result. Sometimes it may be a bit messy, but those memories will be strong for your children. Here are some ideas you might try.
Tammy of Housing a Forest shares instructions for the kids to create these cute yarn pumpkins. The supplies are inexpensive and you can make them all different sizes. I think you could do the same basic concept using say white yarn to make ghosts or purple yarn for monsters or black yarn for bats.
Allison at No Time for Flashcards always has some of the best ideas! Ghost Bowling is a craft and a game all in one. The ghost pins are made from empty water bottles filled with cotton balls.Having the kids fill up the bottles may seem boring to adults, but for kids it is fun. She uses a pumpkin ball, but you could use any ball you have.
I adore these ghouls made from outlines of the kids hands. The original Halloween Hand Print Ghoul Banner can be made as shown or you could make a garland out of the hands alone. This craft would be great for a group of kids especially – big family, Halloween party, classroom, etc. Thanks Amanda of Crafts By Amanda for sharing!
These paper Jack-o-Lantern Lanterns take me back to my childhood. I remember making these several times. Craftown.com has the basic how-to steps for you if you have never made them, or forgot. When we made them we usually used brown or green paper for that top stem/handle though. These are great to use with the flameless candles.
My friend Tonya Staab has this fabulously easy craft for Creepy Halloween Specimen Jars! These would be very cool, and creepy, on a window sill during the day or with a backlight in a darker area. I think the older kids will really get a kick out of this project.
There are lots of ideas for bats out there, but I love that this bat project has color with the streamers and adds a sense of flight. I Craft uses black, green, and orange – I think purple would be great too.
Finally, this is a super cute way to recycle all sorts of bottle cap lids into bottle cap spiders. The kids can really make a hunt out of finding the best lids to use. Then attach the legs and decorate the spider any way they want. This idea is from SillyEagleBooks.com
I hope that you found something from this list to use with your kids and have fun. Do you think you will try any of them? Do you have your own Halloween crafts for kids you want to share?
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