One of my kiddos loves artsy/crafty activities. Every now and then, I try to find some activities that nurture her love of all things creative. It's also good for my kiddo who does not particularly enjoy artsy/crafty things.
Here are some fun Halloween crafts that we did this week.
I found this idea for Salt Dough Pumpkins at CraftTown. I love the recipe for Salt Dough. We'll be using that again at Thanksgiving and Christmas! For the pumpkins, we used tempra paint instead of acrylic because it's what we had on hand. We didn't use the glitter spray because we wanted them just orange. We painted our toothpick stems rather than using colored toothpicks. The kiddos wanted brown stems instead of green the directions suggest.
I bought a Haunted Mansion decorating kit for $10 at the grocery. I didn't have very high expectations for how it would work out because it was so cheap, but I was pleasantly surprised. I think it turned out really cute!
These Footprint Ghosts are my favorite thing we did this week. I love them! I just bought black felt and white paint. I painted the bottom of each child's foot and they made a footprint on the felt. Once the paint was dry, they used a Sharpie to draw eyes and a mouth. I created a rod pocket by folding the top of the felt over a bit and securing it with fabric glue. I inserted a wooden dowel, tied some orange yarn on the dowel and, presto, we had ghost banners.
We also did a little study on the history of Halloween. The History Channel has a very good piece on the origins of the day.