Part of the fun of Halloween is getting the grand kids involved in making decorations. I always do a test run first on a new idea to make sure it is something that will not be too involved for them.
I also keep my directions very elementary and kid friendly. I can remember attempting to imitate elaborate crafts as a child and when mine did not turn out as well as the sample being disappointed in my achievement.
I have a large age range for my grand kids from 5 to 13 so I have to make things interesting and not too childish for the 13-year-old.
My simple craft that is easily created by younger children is the Bat from a toilet paper roll.
Simple laying the tube on black construction paper to measure and taking the end to draw the circle for the head is fast and easy. I will probably do some templates so the 5-year-old can just cut them out if he prefers.
Simply roll the black construction strip that you cut for the body and roll it around the toilet paper roll. Cut a strip the width you want for the wings and glue them on the top. I took dental floss to make a string to hang it on. Punch a small hole in the top and thread the dental floss (or thread) in from one of the open sides and up to through the top out. I knotted the end and applied glue so it would stay in place and not pull out.
I folded the wings in the center and then folded it a couple more times to make it look like the wings were flapping.
To let my 13-year-old nurture his creative side with a more artistic versions yet create something my 5 and 9-year-old could have fun mastering I designed blown out eggs shells and decorated them as ghosts and ghouls.
The Ghost is super easy and allows for creativity to the designer. I blew out several eggs by placing a hole in each end and blowing out the egg centers in a bowl. I then washed the shells and let them dry over night.
The ghosts were decorated with permanent markers and I draped netting over the egg to give it a flowing ghost appearance. I glued the netting on to the egg in several places. The hat is made by wrapping pipe cleaners in circles and gluing it on top of the net. The bag is simply cut from felt and glued on the outside of the net.
The Ghouls are prepared like the ghosts. I painted two with paint. The Werewolf was painted with child’s water colors to give it a lighter color. I drew the face first with permanent markers.
The Frankenstein was painted with acrylic paints from a child’s set sold at a dollar store. I drew the face after it had dried. This shell had been broken but I glued the pieces back together and felt it added a more ‘Frankenstein look’ to the egg.
I found that using a pair of scissors to snip the bottom of the shells to increase the size of the holes to slip on the suction cups for stands worked perfectly and did not break or crack the shells.
The vampire egg was just decorated with black and red permanent markers and placed on a suction cup to stand.
This craft will really let children use their imaginations to create a set of ghosts and ghouls for a fun table setting.
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