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:
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.
White sheets of paper
Black sheets of paper
Kid safe glue
Pen or pencil
A small bowl for tracing (if you suck at freehand like I do)
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.
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!)
4. Glue the googly eyes and mouth on top of the cotton ball ghost.
5. Hang your ghost in a spooky spot and enjoy!
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!