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Ten Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids
Kids Love These Fun and Easy Halloween Crafts
If you ask kids which of all the holidays is the most fun, they almost always choose Halloween. Halloween is made for fun start to finish. As soon as October arrives, out come the craft supplies. Paper, glue, paints and construction paper turn into spooky, scary, funny Halloween creatures. Egg cartons, popsicle sticks and toilet paper tubes are saved all year long for a month-long craft fest no other holiday can compete with. The very first craft I can remember making in kindergarten was a Halloween owl. Get out your supplies and let the fun begin.
Ten Fun Halloween Crafts for Kids
#1 - Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppets or Pencil Tops
How cute are these, and how simple to make. These are finger puppets, but when I first saw them I thought they were pencil tops. Kids love quirky pencil tops. Just wrap the pipe cleaners around a pencil instead of a finger. All you need are pipe cleaners, glue, scraps of paper or fabric and a few little eyes.
Photo and instructions: craftjr
Assorted Pipe Cleaners
#2 - Pasta Skeleton
Let your imagination be your guide on this one. A very good hands-on way to learn the names of bones, too! Look closely, the labels are even spelled out with alphabet soup pasta.
Photo and instructions: marthastewart
#3 - Orange Slice Pumpkin
Yum. This is one of those that makes you ask, "Why didn't I think of that?" How fun for a party centerpiece. You could use many things for the center, including a roll of toilet paper! I bet you can even think of a food center. How about a small pumpkin?
Photo and instructions: craftelf
#4 - Leaf People
I've never seen a nature craft come out so cute. Toilet paper tubes and a nature hunt. Add a few googly eyes and you have Leaf People.
Photo and instructions: ivillage
Craft Wiggle Eyes
#5 - Jello Jack
An edible craft. At first I thought this wouldn't be appropriate for little people, but then I thought again. How about plastic implements, like those Tupperware orange peeler sticks, or even orange sticks like you use for manicures to use as tools for carving. And orange skins are soft, unlike pumpkins.
Photo and instructions: petitelefant
Jello Jigglers Halloween Mold Kit
#6 - Peg People
These peg people are adorable. I have to admit, mine wouldn't come out as cute. Maybe if I copied the picture very carefully. What's so great about kids' art projects is they're always cute. I would love to see what kids' imaginations would produce with this craft.
Photo and instructions: eighteen25
Unfinished Wooden Peg People
#7 - Pipe Cleaner Spider
Another pipe cleaner project, but look what a different personality this spider has with the help of beads. You could set these creepy crawlers loose all over your buffet table.
Photo and Instructions: sheknows
#8 - Edible Creepy Crawlers
I remember on the day of Halloween my mother was always pestering us to eat something nutritious before we were set loose into a neighborhood full of candy pushers. Maybe if she had set some ingredients before us and challenged us to create Halloween creatures. . .
Photo and instructions: craftbits
#9 - Spooky Trees
I love spooky old trees, and this one is really clever. Licorice sticks, candy corn, candy corn pumpkins and a frosted graham cracker. Yum. The only thing I would change about this is that the instructions call for threading a wire through the licorice sticks to bend them into position, and wrapping wire around them to keep them together. I'm wondering if you could simply bend them into shape and cement them together with some of the frosting.
Photo and instructions: parents
Candy Corn and Pumpkin Mix
#10 - Tissue Paper Tree
Tissue paper art is appropriate for so many crafts. Little pieces of tissue paper wrapped around the eraser top of a pencil and then pressed onto a gluey surface gives dimension to artwork. What's fun is that the same instructions given to 25 kids nets 25 vastly different and creative pieces of art.
Photo and instructions: dltk-holidays
Art Tissue Paper
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