Just in time for Halloween! Here are a few cute craft ideas for kids to make at home or school.These crafts are easy to make and require low-cost, readily available materials.
Make a big hairy, scary black spider with four things. Collect leaves to trace for witches, ghosts, ghouls and grim reapers. A really cute owl is actually a great math lesson for preschoolers and kindergartners.
Kids will love taking home their very own jack-o-lantern refrigerator magnet game. Lighted luminaries are so cool moms will want to line the steps or walkway with them for trick-or-treaters.
Teachers, daycare worker, and homeschooling moms can use these ideas for free time rewards. Have something cool for the kids to show off that used minimal time, money and materials.
How to Make a Magnetic Jack-o-Lantern Game
Craft foam and magnetic strips are all that’s needed for a jack-o-lantern refrigerator magnet game. This is also an excellent learning station idea for little ones. The magnets can be used on a whiteboard or file cabinet. Kids can make a scary jack-o-lantern and write a story to match.
- black and orange craft foam
- magnetic tape
Make patterns for jack-o-lantern eyes, noses and mouths from Halloween coloring pages. Trace onto foam. Have kids cut them out, or cut them out for younger kids. Apply magnetic tape to the back.
How to Make a Scary Halloween Spider
Kids love the big hairy black spider! The large Styrofoam ball has a “hairy” texture after it is painted black. Chenille stems make eight hairy legs.
- large Styrofoam ball
- black poster or acrylic paint and brush
- googly eyes
- 8 black chenille stems
Paint the Styrofoam ball and let it dry. Bend chenille stems and then stick them in for legs. Glue on the googly eyes. Easy yet impressive! Try dangling him from a string!
Make Halloween Luminaries
Light the way for guests and trick-or-treaters with really simple luminaries!
- brown paper lunch bags
- Halloween templates
- Black marker
- colored tissue paper
Make templates using Halloween coloring pages or buy them. The child can trace them on the brown bags. Help younger children make the cut-outs and tape tissue inside. Send an inexpensive tea light candle home inside with instructions to fill with sand or potting soil and have adults to light the tea light inside.
How to Make Bewitching Leaf Spooks
Have you ever noticed how some leaves look like little spirits? This idea was inspired by Fall Leaf Fairies. Kids can take them home and use them for Halloween tree ornaments.
- black, green and white construction paper
- black yarn
- black marker
- pencil, white crayon
- hole punch
Collect a few spooky looking oak leaves. Trace onto black and white paper. Use a white crayon for the black paper. Add green heads and strands of black yarn for the witches. Draw in faces with fine-tipped black marker. The ghost’s hollow eyes and mouth are black dots done with a hole punch. The black face of the grim reaper is a black oval.
Make a Paper Bag Halloween Owl
This craft helps to teach simple geometric concepts. It is perfect for a fall or Halloween math learning center idea. The child will cut out circles and identify them as congruent yet different sizes. They will cut out triangles and identify them as same size, same shape. Small, medium, large size words and inside-outside spatial terms are reinforced.
- brown paper bags
- yellow, white, black, brown and orange construction paper
- string or yarn
Have circle and triangle templates for the kids to trace and cut out. Show them how to create the eyes, beak and ears. Have the kids to stuff the owls with newspaper. Tie the bottom with yarn or string. Then they glue on the owl’s features. Hoot! Hoot!