We all love this spooky time of year, especially kids. What better way to celebrate than with a good craft. Crafting is an important part of childhood. According to this article by PBS.org, crafting with kids grows their fine motor skills, provides opportunities for language development, strengthens problem solving, and develops visual learning. So, take advantage of this and try out some of the crafts below with your little one this Halloween.
Popsicle Stick Witch Hat
What You’ll Need:
- Popsicle sticks
- Black Paint
- Paper of your choice
- Ribbon and Button to decorate (Optional)
Glue the popsicle sticks in the shape of a witch hat, as pictured below. Allow to dry.
Once dry, paint the popsicle sticks black. Allow to dry
Pick paper that you would like to be the back of your witch hat. Trace the inside of the popsicle stick triangle with pencil on the paper and cut about an inch away from the pencil lines. Erase the lines and glue the triangle on the back of your with hat.
Decorate! You can use ribbon, buttons, feathers, rhinestones or whatever you have!
Pine Cone Bat
What You’ll Need:
- Pine cones
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Construction Paper
- Twine or Ribbon
- Googly Eyes
First you must paint your pine cones! Wrap the tops or stems of the pine cones in wire and create what looks like a ornament hook. Water down a cup of black acrylic paint. Be sure to use a cup your okay with throwing away. Find a place you can make a bit of a mess and easily clean it up. I put down some cardboard on my back patio and hung a tension rod between two saw horses to hang my pine cones on so they could drip dry. Dip the pine cones in the paint, let as much excess paint as you can drip off into the cup then hand your pine cones up to drip dry. Allow to dry for at least 4 hours or overnight, until the paint has completely dried to the pine cones.
Once your pine cones are completely dry lay them down on construction paper and trace some bat wings for your new bats!
Popsicle Stick Friends
Bonus: Free Printable (Spider Hand print Art)