The project I have for you is quite easy. I made these all the time as a kid. They take very little skill, but they are a lot of fun and they can be a learning tool for many different ages and levels. Simply put you’re going to make paper versions of jack-o-lanterns, but instead of seeing candlelight through the holes you’re going to see colorful construction paper. You can also mix things up by doing more Halloween shapes then just a pumpkin.
- Glue Stick
- Different colors of construction paper
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils (optional)
The amount of prep you should do before starting the craft depends on the age of your child. For Nick I drew and cut out the ghost and pumpkin shapes ahead of time, and I also cut a lot of different construction paper colors into squares.
- Cut out Halloween shapes from construction paper (I like to do pumpkins and ghosts best)
- Cut out different shapes to create a face for your shapes
- Glue colored construction paper onto the back of your shape so the color shows through the shapes you cut out
- Let glue dry
- Use as a fun Halloween decoration
What Will This Halloween Craft Teach?
What I love about this craft is that it can be fun, entertaining, and educational for a lot of different age groups. What it will teach exactly depends on the age and level of the child. Here’s a generic break down. Remember to adjust it for your child’s abilities as they may be above or below that of other kids their age.
- Toddlers – This activity is really good for preschool age kids. If Nick is any indication than they’ll all love it too! This craft is good for helping with different types of recognition. You can have your preschooler work on recognizing parts of the face (eyes, nose, and mouth), you can have them work on recognizing shapes, and you can have them work on recognizing colors. Before you start I would cut out the pumpkin and ghost shapes, but not the faces, and I would have colored squares ready to glue on. If you can get them to have your preschooler tell you what shape they want to create the face. You cut it out and then glue on the colored paper after they choose the color.
- Preschoolers – Depending on the age and ability of your child you may want to use this activity to work on recognition as mentioned for toddlers. Otherwise if you child is starting to use scissors and glue let them do some of the basics to practice and build their small hand coordination. Let them cut out the colored squares. If they’re getting more advanced let them cut out the Halloween shapes (following lines that you drew). Of course let them do the gluing.
- Elementary – Once they get old enough your child will be able to most of the craft by themselves. You may have to help cutting out the eye shapes though. Let them get creative and color their Halloween character as well, or even have them glue it onto another piece of paper and add a picture to it. If they are up for it have them write a story about their character and what is happening in their picture.
This Halloween craft is both fun and easy. It’s a great activity to keep kids entertained on a cold fall day. Best of all you end up with some fun decorations to decorate your house with, and you kids will love seeing their crafts displayed.