Craft Some Halloween Fun

 

 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)

• Pom-poms

• Pipe cleaners

• Lakeshore Glitter Glue Painters

• Googly eyes

• Glue

• 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

• Glue

• Toothpicks

• Paintbrush

• Lakeshore Hair-Colors Crinkle Strips or yarn

• Thin markers

• Scissors

• 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.

Looking for more Halloween and fall craft ideas? Visit

lakeshorelearning.com and click on craft ideas, under resources.