Crafts for Toddlers – Spooky Halloween Cotton Ball Ghosts 

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Earlier this month, I started a mini homeschool preschool curriculum with the girls. I am using the free materials and learning charts on ABCJesusLovesMe.com (which I HIGHLY recommend!) but I was a little bummed to see that there aren’t very many seasonal crafts.

Then that magical light bulb in my head went off – the one that I assume every first time homeschool mom experiences. The dawning realization of my flexibility and freedom with our school choice hit home. Who cares if its not in the curriculum! We cover the curriculum AND add fun and games and special interests! We are homeschoolers gosh darn it! We can make room for some fun seasonal crafts and lessons and excursions! Weeeeee!!!! *runs around in circles, clutching preschool craft supplies like a maniac*
So you guessed it. We are going nuts on the Pinterest-worthy autumn and Halloween crafts, and the girls are loving it! (Mom is having a bit of fun herself too, haha.) Here is a super easy and fun project to get little ones excited for Halloween:

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Spooky Halloween Cotton Ball Ghosts

Here’s the directions for this fun and easy craft. Literally all of these items are obtainable at the Dollar Store.

SUPPLIES:
Cotton Balls
White sheets of paper
Black sheets of paper
Googly eyes
Kid safe glue
Pen or pencil
Scissors
A small bowl for tracing (if you suck at freehand like I do)
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ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS:
1.   With a pen or pencil, draw a ghost shape on white paper. If you are art challenged like me and cant freehand a straight line to save your life, use a small bowl as a tracing guide for the ghosts head, then make random Pac-Man-esque squiggles the tail. Cut out the shapes with scissors.
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2.   With the black paper, cut out whatever mouth shape you would like. A perfect O, and oval egg shaped 0, a squiggly line. Whatever strikes yours (or rather, your toddlers) fancy!
3.   Using the glue, apply glue to individual cotton balls and plop on the entire ghost outline. (Yes, it would be much faster to glue the entire ghost first, then just place cotton balls on top of the glue, covering the ghost shape entirely. But then your kiddo wouldn’t have the fun fine motor skill learning experience of doing it individually!)

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4.   Glue the googly eyes and mouth on top of the cotton ball ghost.
5.   Hang your ghost in a spooky spot and enjoy!

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Aren’t they cute?! And so easy to make too, making this craft perfect for 2 and 3 year olds! There’s something about cotton balls that kids love, and gluing is always a great learning experience for preschool ages.
I notice that Tessa and Thymes favorite crafts are the ones like this – the sensory activities which provide an avenue for learning muscle control and fine motor skills. Young children learn best when given the opportunity to explore materials at their own pace  and fashion (with guidance and supervision of course) and with crafts like this one, it is okay for children to touch the glue and to feel the stickiness between the thumb and fingers and make a bit of a mess. Its all part of the learning experience!

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Do you have a favorite childhood Halloween craft? Share below, and Happy Halloween!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

53 thoughts on “Crafts for Toddlers – Spooky Halloween Cotton Ball Ghosts 

    • 21 October, 2016 at 8:41 pm
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      Sure thing! My kiddos had such a blast with this little project! <3

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    • 21 October, 2016 at 8:41 pm
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      I think they are quite adorable myself! hehe! Thanks for stopping by! <3

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  • 21 October, 2016 at 9:42 am
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    Aww the ghosts are adorable 🙂
    Halloween is not our holiday, so sadly I have no craft stories to share.

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    • 21 October, 2016 at 8:42 pm
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      Whaaaaat?! How can you not care for Halloween! It is pretty much my favorite! (After Christmas that is, haha..)

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      • 24 October, 2016 at 1:50 pm
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        It’s not that I don’t care for it, it’s just not historically OUR holiday. Estonia doesn’t celebrate Halloween, it’s foreign to us. It has only become popular in the recent years, but we don’t have kids going around trick or treating. Just people dressing up and having parties sometimes. We do have two similar ones called Kadripäev and Mardipäev where kids dress up as funky looking beggars or animals and go around houses singing songs and wishing people luck.

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    • 21 October, 2016 at 8:43 pm
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      Yeah, my husband tries to get in on the crafts and homeschool fun whenever he can, since he works during the day… the girls are always so excited to work with their
      poppa!

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  • 21 October, 2016 at 12:12 pm
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    Gingi!!!! Those ghosts are adorable, I’m making them with my daughter and niece today. Too too cute!!!!! And I am heading to ABCJesusLovesme.com right now! That’s for your insights.

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    • 21 October, 2016 at 8:43 pm
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      Please let me know what you think of the site, I absolutely LOVE it, and the curriculum! My girls are having SO MUCH FUN with it, and learning SO MUCH!!

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    • 21 October, 2016 at 8:44 pm
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      Thanks Christine!! <3 <3

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    • 21 October, 2016 at 8:44 pm
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      Thanks Lenya! Thanks for stopping by! <3

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  • 21 October, 2016 at 6:04 pm
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    Awe, these little crafts are so cute and I’m sure the kids have so much fun making them! Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

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    • 21 October, 2016 at 8:46 pm
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      Yes, they actually play with these ghosts every day now, like toys! Haha! Score! (Better than crafts that get shoved in a drawer and forgotten, right?!)

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    • 22 October, 2016 at 7:56 pm
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      Right?!?!? My kids loving them so much made me HAVE TO share!

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    • 22 October, 2016 at 7:56 pm
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      Isnt it though?!

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  • 22 October, 2016 at 8:22 am
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    Those ghosts are too cute! Looks like y’all had fun creating them. Last year we printed out some bats and made a bunch of cutouts. Nothing fancy, but it was a lot of fun. We decided to keep them up year round lol. 🙂

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    • 22 October, 2016 at 7:57 pm
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      That sounds like something to keep in mind! My daughter loves bats… she calls them eee eees (after the squeaking sound they make, haha!)

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    • 22 October, 2016 at 7:57 pm
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      It really was! Kiddos had a blast!

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    • 22 October, 2016 at 7:58 pm
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      For sure, I will go check it out now love! <3

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  • 22 October, 2016 at 5:45 pm
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    These hand print ghosts are SO cute! I have all of the supplies at my house, I should do these with my daughter sometime this week before Halloween.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    • 22 October, 2016 at 7:58 pm
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      You should! And share photos!! I would LOVE to see that! <3

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    • 24 October, 2016 at 5:08 pm
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      Thanks! It was super fun to make!

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    • 24 October, 2016 at 5:09 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by Amanda! <3 <3

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    • 24 October, 2016 at 5:09 pm
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      Thanks Radi! We had a blast making these!

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    • 24 October, 2016 at 5:09 pm
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      Thanks Laura! <3 <3 <3

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  • 24 October, 2016 at 10:36 am
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    I’ve done something like this but with handprints! It’s a Halloween crafting frenzy over here with the littles and birthdays back-to-back. A couple of weeks off and Thanksgiving will be up!

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    • 24 October, 2016 at 5:10 pm
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      Yeah, there is pretty much no taking a break this time of year, is there? haha..

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    • 24 October, 2016 at 5:10 pm
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      Thanks sweetie! <3

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    • 24 October, 2016 at 5:10 pm
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      Yeah, you can mix it up however you like.. super cute and fun!

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  • 24 October, 2016 at 4:23 pm
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    Adorable! I like that this is super simple, fun to do, and that both the creating and the final creation can be part of playtime. I like that you’re working this into the school day in celebration of Halloween. Imaginative play and actually creating things with your hands are so integral to learning.

    <3 Liz
    http://www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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    • 24 October, 2016 at 5:11 pm
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      Exactly!! I am so happy my little ones are loving learning, and crafts like this makes it so easy!

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  • 24 October, 2016 at 5:25 pm
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    Lovely post dear! Have a great week! xx

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    • 25 October, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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      You too sweetie, thanks for stopping by! <3

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    • 25 October, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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      Thanks sweetie! Have a great week!

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  • 25 October, 2016 at 2:49 pm
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    This is SO sweet – what a brilliant fuss-free Halloween activity to do with children, great idea 🙂

    aglassofice.com
    x

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    • 25 October, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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      Yeah, it was easy to put together, easy to clean up… will be doing it again! <3

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  • 25 October, 2016 at 11:34 pm
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    I love these, a very good idea and it was lovely to see your two girls enjoying themselves.

    The grandchildren enjoy craft sessions to, and this time of year is an excellent time to be creative.

    All the best Jan

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    • 26 October, 2016 at 2:12 pm
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      Oooo, what kind of crafts do you do with your little ones Jan? Share!!

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