Halloween themed projects

Bearing in mind that I like love to make things and I take every opportunity to encourage others to have a go too, you’ll probably understand why I really enjoy going in to school to help with crafting sessions. I’ve volunteered to do a halloween activity with the youngest class. One aspect that I have learnt is that preparation is everything. A run-through with my own children is a definite must.

This weekend we tried out three different halloween themed craft activities. I’m glad we did. One was a flop, one suited a different age group and the last was perfect. ( I feel like the Three Bears!)

Starting with the middle activity. I wanted to use egg cartons for this craft, as I have lots to use and that makes it easy for school. With some clever cutting and sticking, we managed to make a cup shape out of the cartons and a circle for the base. The children painted them and drew a jack-o-lantern face.

Next they stuck tissue paper leaves on to the base, to make it look like a leaf pile. In the garden we found beech nut cases or cupules. They make the most perfect miniature hedgehogs. The children glued gold coloured seed beads for the eyes and used big blobs of glue to stick the hedgehogs on top of the leaf piles.

For the final touch, we used thin elastic to hinge the cup to the base. Our pumpkin hedgehog houses were complete. At first glance, they look like pumpkins.

Open them up and they reveal a little hedgehog inside.

Now for the flop. This did not go down well as it involved lots and lots of glue.  I should have known better than to try this out on the child that eloquently communicates her loathing of everything papier mache related.

It looks good, but I did have to finish it. There is an insect caught inside the web, which is fun, but I shall not be taking this activity into school. Not all children like glue on their fingers.

Final project is the one I will take into school. Thanks to Pinterest, I found an egg carton bat. We love bats, especially as we hand reared a baby bat this spring. Mention a bat and the usual reaction at school is vampire. Hmm. I wanted to take it from a different angle.

We made the bats roughly along the same lines as shown. I discouraged the children from adding fangs, pointing out that the only time we ever saw our bat’s fangs was when he was yawning. Did they want to make a sleepy, bored bat? Maybe not. We opted for blue sequin eyes which would sparkle in the dark. Once they were dry, thin elastic was threaded through the top, so the bats could be hung up and bounced.

We added a moth to the elastic. This summer, we have loved watching the bats swoop around the garden catching anything small that flutters. I wanted my children to remember these evening experiences.  The moth is a pipecleaner with colourful fleece for fast flapping wings. The bat and moth can slide up and down the thread. Lots of moths were caught by our egg carton bats. So good to have another chance to talk about the food chain.

By the end of the weekend, I had found the right halloween project, recycled some egg cartons, had lively discussions about food chains and added another pin to my “Done and Dusted” board. Oh, and my children had fun too. Hey, that’s not bad.

 

16 thoughts on “Halloween themed projects

  • Monday 8 October, 2012 at 5:37 pm
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    Love the hedgehogs….and the bats! 😆 😆 😆
    Sympathy for the gluey string experience…sensible person trying it out first..most wise

    (I once talked for too long while mixing plaster of Paris for a class project ..fortunately I had a spare bowl and more powder and could discretely dispose of a solid mixing bowl of plaster 🙄 )

    Youngest made a great papier mache mouse this weekend but I forgot to take a snap before it went off to school…darn it

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    • Tuesday 9 October, 2012 at 8:21 am
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      Oh my! Good job you had some more plaster of Paris. Not something to prepare ahead of time! (stores info for future reference)

      I had to wait ’til they came home from school, so that I could take the photos. Youngest insisted on taking them into “Show and Tell”. They came back in one piece. Phew! I think I may have started something at school. One mother told me this morning that her son wanted to start his Halloween decorating, because we had begun.

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  • Wednesday 10 October, 2012 at 9:39 pm
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    Oh my goodness! It’s all great, but the jack o lantern hedge thing… fun!!

    Blessings, Debbie

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    • Thursday 11 October, 2012 at 8:49 am
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      We’ve had a lot (and I mean a lot) of big cardboard box robots recently. We needed a change. Mini crafting is so much fun.

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  • Thursday 11 October, 2012 at 1:18 pm
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    Pumpkin hedgehog houses? That is so creative! thanks so much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday!

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    • Monday 15 October, 2012 at 8:00 am
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      We had fun making them!

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  • Monday 15 October, 2012 at 4:54 pm
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    oh my! what a lineup of fun!! i don’t even know where to begin, guess i’ll have to show this post to lily and let her decide!

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    • Tuesday 16 October, 2012 at 8:53 am
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      Hee, hee! Hope you enjoy your crafting time together. 🙂

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  • Tuesday 22 October, 2013 at 10:24 am
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    Wow that bats are AWESOME!! 😛
    #LetKidsBeKids

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    • Tuesday 22 October, 2013 at 10:33 am
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      Thanks Colette. The children at school had fun making them. I’m glad that they were less fangs and more food chain.

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  • Tuesday 22 October, 2013 at 11:51 am
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    Love the bats and the pumpkins are great with the really cute looking hedgehogs in too.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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    • Wednesday 23 October, 2013 at 1:54 pm
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      The beech seed shell just makes the most perfect hedgehog. Lucky as we have so many of them.

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  • Tuesday 22 October, 2013 at 8:19 pm
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    these ideas are fabulous. i LOVE the lil hedgehogs in the egg boxes….my boy will love making them!

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    • Wednesday 23 October, 2013 at 1:53 pm
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      Hope you have fun! 😀

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    • Friday 25 October, 2013 at 8:24 am
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      Those seed shells were made to be used as hedgehogs!

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