Halloween skeleton craft fun!

Happy October! Time is just flying on by… Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s time to have some fun with decorations, crafts, and more!

 

Halloween Craft Idea

Since the weather in New England is starting to get chilly, we have been finding more indoor activities to do as a family. Last year, we came across this cute idea of creating cotton swab skeletons online, and here’s our take on it.

Swabs

My husband, Michael, is very particular with the swabs we use in our household. For our baby shower (over three years ago) we got gifted these safety cotton swabs that we tried using for a little while. Apparently these “safe” swabs didn’t cut it for him.

Because I don’t like throwing stuff away, I stored them in my basement with my craft supplies. They have been waiting patiently to make an appearance!

Finally, during Halloween last year we got crafty!

Skeleton Craft Creation

Materials needed:

  • Newspaper / junk mail 🙂
  • Black construction paper
  • White paint (washable)
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue (liquid)
  • Cotton Swabs (any kind)
  • Eye balls (optional)

Directions:

Spread out newspaper to cover table and set up your white paint, brushes, glue, cotton swabs, and black construction paper. Get creative.  Abstract art is super fun for the littles. And, if your little one can recognize and write letters, you can incorporate ABC’s and voila – another learning experience! 

Project Goals:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Creative arts
  • Cultural studies 
  • Literacy

Here are our skeleton creations:) 

Ten Red Apples Felt Board Activity Prep

For my toddler homeschooling lesson this fall, I organized an activity that encourages participation!

Turn your lesson prep into a FUN time with your kids:) That’s what we did.

Ten Red Apples

After checking out some books from our local library, I selected Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins (ISBN: 0688167977) for our apple-themed felt board activity.

Preparation

Kai, my two-year old son, and I had a blast making the cute cut-outs for the hand-me-down felt board I inherited from my husband’s Aunt Linda. She used to teach pre-school, and she passed along all of her material to me. I’m so blessed and thankful for all of the resources! Thank you.

Here are some pictures from our activity.

I searched for clipart images of all of the animals in the book, from a horse to a donkey to a hen and a duck! Then, I printed them out on regular paper. I also printed out a large tree and some apples and the farmers.

Afterwards, I used Mod Podge Original 16-Ounce Glue, Gloss Finish Party Supplies, 16 Oz, 12 Pieces with some paint brushes to stick them on thick paper (cardstock).

I asked Kai to help me paint over the images I printed out. Definitely don’t be shy with the glue. I painted underneath the images and then Kai took over! After there was a nice coat over the images, we lay them out to dry for a few hours.

Then we started cutting them out. I used a hot glue gun and glued felt on the back of the images. To stick the apples on the tree, I used mounting putty, so they could easily be removed from the tree as we counted down from 10 to 0.

The Activity

For the actual felt board activity during the day of the lesson, I asked a parent volunteer to read the book as I assisted with the images. It was a semi-success. Some kids were very focused while others were not.

You win some and lose some.

We had so much fun with the whole process though:) and hope you enjoy!