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Halloween crafts for preschoolers

Updated: Oct 1, 2012 11:20 AM EDT
Most kids can't get enough of ghosts. These craft ideas will keep their imaginations in high gear. (©iStockphoto/Thinkstock) Most kids can't get enough of ghosts. These craft ideas will keep their imaginations in high gear. (©iStockphoto/Thinkstock)


By Roberta Pescow

Preschoolers love arts and crafts, but many popular Halloween art projects are too complex for little hands. Luckily, little ones can still create some adorable and spooky Halloween crafts with imagination and the help of a loving grown up. Check out these easy to make Halloween crafts for preschoolers.

Footprint Ghosts

A young child's footprint is just the right size and shape to create a friendly little ghost. Here are two simple footprint ghost crafts your kids can make when they kick off their shoes:

Paint Footprint Ghost

Kids will love getting their feet wet with this one. You'll need:

Old newspapers
Black construction paper
White non-toxic paint
Sponge paintbrush
Regular paintbrush
Black non-toxic paint
Silver or white glitter
Clear, non-toxic glue or glue-stick

To create the ghost:

1. Cover the area of the floor you'll be working on with old newspapers.

2. Put down a sheet of black construction paper.

3. Use the sponge paintbrush the paint the bottom of the child's bare foot white.

4. Let the child step on the black paper, rolling his or her foot slightly inward to make sure a print of the entire foot transfers to the paper.

5. When the paint dries, paint a simple ghost face on the heel with black paint. Most young children should be able to paint on two eyes and a mouth.

6. When the ghost is dry, decorate it with a little glitter, or any other crafts you have on hand.

No-Mess Footprint Ghost

If you're in a hurry or just don't want to make a mess, try this easy variation. You'll need these materials:

White construction paper
Black non-toxic marker
Kid safe scissors
Non-toxic glue
Black construction paper

To make this ghost:

1. Place a piece of white construction paper on the floor and have child stand on it with a bare foot.

2. Trace child's foot with marker.

3. Help child cut out the paper foot.

4. Glue the paper foot onto black construction paper.

5. Draw a simple face in the heel area with black marker.

More Ghostly Ideas

This friendly ghost craft will keep the fun going through Halloween night as it floats and hovers in the breeze:

Floating Ghost

You'll need these materials:

Small piece of white fabric
Plastic disposable cup
Non-toxic glue
Water
Paintbrush
Black non-toxic marker
Scissors
Black Yarn

To create the ghost:

1. Cut fabric into a square large enough to fit over the plastic cup.

2. Turn cup upside down and drape fabric over it.

3. Thin out the glue slightly with water and paint glue over the fabric covering the cup. If you want your ghost to really flutter at the bottom, don't paint the glue all the way down to the ends.

4. Allow glue to dry and then peel fabric away from cup. Discard cup.

5. Draw a face on the ghost with marker.

6. Let a grown-up poke a hole in the top with scissors and string some black yarn through it for hanging.

7. Hang your ghost from a tree branch, porch overhang or anywhere else where it can dance in the night breeze.

Most kids can't get enough of ghosts. These additional ghost craft ideas will keep their imaginations in high gear:

Lollipop Ghost: Cover a round lollipop with a tissue and tie on with a piece of yarn around the stick. Draw a simple ghost face with marker on the tissue.

Cardboard treat holding ghost: Start with a white Chinese Food cardboard container. If there is writing on the container, paint it white, and allow to dry before continuing. Cut simple ghost features from black construction paper and glue them on. Wrap black and orange pipe cleaners around the wire handle.

Smiling Pumpkins

Kids will have lots of fun putting together these easy pumpkin projects:

Pumpkin pouch: Start with two paper plates and cut one of them in half. Paint the front and back of each plate orange. After the paint dries, glue or staple the plate and the half plate together, face to face to form a pouch. Cut out very simple black paper Jack-o-lantern features and glue them on. Use the pouch to hold the amount of candy the child is allowed to eat each day.

Pumpkin pencil topper: Glue an orange pom-pom to the eraser end of a pencil. Cut simple leaf shapes from green felt and facial features from black felt to glue onto the pom-pom.

Sock pumpkin: Stuff an old orange sock with cotton balls and tie closed with a green ribbon. Draw a simple pumpkin face on with black marker.

Other Creepy Creatures

Introduce your kids to some classic Halloween characters with these fun and simple projects:

Hand print bat: Let child dip hands in black finger paint and press them down on paper (wrist to wrist) to create bat wings. Paint on a simple face in the middle with white paint.

TP roll mummy: Wrap a toilet paper roll in gauze bandages and glue in place. Glue on googly eyes.

Peek-a-boo monster: Let kids decorate a paper cup in Halloween colors with paint, glitter, jewels or stickers. Then have them draw their favorite monster on a small piece of paper and glue it to a popsicle stick. Cut a slit in the bottom of a paper cup and slide the stick through to hide the monster. Then push up the stick whenever you'd like the monster to pop up.

Easy Halloween crafts for preschoolers give even the youngest kids a chance to express their creativity during the holiday season. Keep in mind though, that even with the simplest crafts, you'll probably still have to help preschool kids with some of the steps involved. As kids gain skill and confidence, they'll be able to work at crafts more independently each year.

Also See:

Burlap Halloween Craft Ideas
Halloween Mason Jar Crafts
Homemade Halloween Crafts & Decor

This article was originally posted on IdealHomeGarden.com

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