Get ready for the family-favorite fall holiday with these creative crafts from Lakeshore Learning.
Halloween Countdown Calendar (Ages 3 and up)
Is it time yet? Help your child count down the days with a calendar mobile you can hang anywhere.
What You’ll Need:
• Pumpkin template
• Black construction paper (9 by 12 inches)
• Pipe cleaners
• Lakeshore Glitter Glue Painters
• Googly eyes
• Crayons or markers
Step 1: Print and cut out the pumpkin template. Color the pumpkins.
Step 2: Cut the black construction paper into 12-by-4.5-inch strips (simply cut the 9-by-12-inch pieces in half). Punch five holes along one of the 12-inch-long edges. Then punch one hole at the top-center of the opposite 12-inch edge.
Step 3: Decorate the strips with fun collage materials. Note: The top of the craft is the side with the single hole punch, so kids should decorate accordingly.
Step 4: Write the numbers 1-5 on five pumpkins. (For younger children, write the numbers on the pumpkins for them.)
Step 5: Take five pipe cleaners and attach a pumpkin to one end of each. Then attach the available ends of each pipe cleaner onto one of the available five pre-punched holes. Be sure to attach the pumpkins in reverse order (5 to 1), since this is a countdown calendar.
Step 6: Finally, attach one more pipe stem to the top, pre-punched hole. Let the countdown begin!
Rock Monster (Ages 6 and up)
What better time than October to adopt a pet (rock) monster? Create your own unique pal.
What You’ll Need:
• One or more rocks
• Liquid tempera paint in black, white and another color
• Lakeshore Hair-Colors Crinkle Strips or yarn
• Thin markers
• Old toothbrush (optional)
Step 1: Wash your rock with warm, soapy water. If the rock has nooks and crannies, use an old toothbrush to get all the dirt out. Let it dry.
Step 2: Paint the rock one color for the monster’s body. Let it dry.
Step 3: Paint a bean shape for the monster’s mouth with black paint. Let it dry.
Use a toothpick and white paint to add pointy teeth to the black mouth.
Step 4: Dot on eyes with white paint. Using a toothpick, add black or red dots for the pupils after the white paint has dried.
Step 5: Use the handle end of a paintbrush to dot on spots.
Step 6: Use a black marker, or a toothpick and black paint, to add eyebrows, if desired.
Step 7: Cut crinkle strips or yarn into half-inch-long pieces.
Step 8: Add some glue to the top of the rock monster’s “head” and spread it out with a finger. Don’t use too much glue or the yarn will slide off. Gently place the yarn pieces (standing up) on top of the glue. Let it dry completely.