Halloween: Hand and Footprint Crafts

Having worked professionally with children for over a decade, I have lots of tried and true projects that I’ve been doing with kiddos year after year. A favorite of mine is hand and footprint projects. These make a wonderful keepsake and are fun to repeat each year to see how much your little one has grown! Scroll down to see some Halloween projects I have done throughout the years! We would love to see what you creat – don’t forget to tag us on IG @crafternoonplaydate, follow us on Facebook or comment below to share pictures of your spooky crafts!

 

Craft/Activity/Snack: Halloween themed hand and footprint crafts
Objective: Using your child’s hand or foot, create fun Halloween themed projects
Skills Utilized: language, learning body parts, color recognition
Suggested Reading: Little Blue Trucks Halloween by Alice Schertle
Materials: paint, paper, paintbrush, little hands and feet!

Other ideas:

1. Paint feet orange, yellow and white for candy corn!

2. Use handprints to make spiders

3. Ask your child what they would like to make! You’d be surprised how creative kids get with these crafts!

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Halloween: Tissue Paper Sun Catchers

Calling all ghouls and boys - here's a Halloween project that even your littlest crafters can make. Spooktacular!

One of my all time favorite playdate crafts is a tissue paper sun catcher. Aside from the tissue paper squares, it’s essentially a mess-free project which is great when you have several kids crafting away at your house. I’m pretty sure we make a version of these during every season, too, because they’re just that darn easy and cute. Last year, I hosted a huge playdate with our local MOMS Club and we made jack-o-lantern sun catchers so this year, the kids and I used the same method to make some fiendish friends.

Calling all ghouls and boys - here's a Halloween project that even your littlest crafters can make. Spooktacular!

Craft/Activity/Snack: Tissue Paper Sun Catcher Monsters
Objective: Utilize opaque black and transparent colored tissue paper to create monster faces
Skills Utilized: facial recognition, fine motor skills
Suggested Reading: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Materials: clear contact paper, black tissue paper or construction paper cut into eyes/mouths/etc., and colored tissue paper squares (green for Frankenstein’s Monster or a witch, white for a ghost or mummy, orange for a pumpkin, etc.)Calling all ghouls and boys - here's a Halloween project that even your littlest crafters can make. Spooktacular!

Give each child a smallish rectangle of contact paper with the paper backing removed. They can touch it and explore it’s tackiness because they’re hands will easily come off whereas the paper will stick pretty much immediately. Jasper wanted to do a monster so he got a bowl of green tissue paper squares and Mila got the white to make a ghost.

First, our ghouls need a face! Let the children place the black eyes and mouth where they’d like on the contact paper. We also cut some hair for Frankie. I’m never concerned with the faces being applied perfectly because this is a child’s project… if they’re happy, you can be happy!Calling all ghouls and boys - here's a Halloween project that even your littlest crafters can make. Spooktacular!

Once the black pieces are down, it’s time to start adding all of the tissue paper. This step requires little to no guidance. The main goal is for as much of the contact paper to be covered but let them decide when they’re done. I supervised closely only because I was worried Mila would try to eat the paper. Surprisingly, she did not! She really enjoyed mashing handfuls of tissue paper onto the ground… some of which actually got onto the contact paper haha! Calling all ghouls and boys - here's a Halloween project that even your littlest crafters can make. Spooktacular!Calling all ghouls and boys - here's a Halloween project that even your littlest crafters can make. Spooktacular!

Calling all ghouls and boys - here's a Halloween project that even your littlest crafters can make. Spooktacular!

Once your child is satisfied, you can place another piece of contact paper over the tissue (creating a sealed sandwich essentially) or you can leave it as is. Normally, I cover the reverse side with another piece but decided against it this time. Calling all ghouls and boys - here's a Halloween project that even your littlest crafters can make. Spooktacular!Calling all ghouls and boys - here's a Halloween project that even your littlest crafters can make. Spooktacular!

Then, cut out the monster and hang in a window with a little tape! You could also punch a hole and string a ribbon through but totally not necessary. Calling all ghouls and boys - here's a Halloween project that even your littlest crafters can make. Spooktacular!Calling all ghouls and boys - here's a Halloween project that even your littlest crafters can make. Spooktacular!Calling all ghouls and boys - here's a Halloween project that even your littlest crafters can make. Spooktacular!

Extension Activities:

  1. Cut a pile of tissue paper squares for several creepy things (orange for a Jack-o-Lantern, green for Frankenstein’s Monster or Witch, white for a Mummy or Ghost, brown for a Werewolf or spider, and gray for tombstones or zombies) and have the kids sort the squares by color
  2. Create a story about the monsters you create
  3. Count how many squares of tissue paper you used

Calling all ghouls and boys - here's a Halloween project that even your littlest crafters can make. Spooktacular!

When you make yours, be sure to share it on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram using #crafternoonplaydate or @crafternoonplaydate

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Red, White and Blue: Paper Towel Roll Fireworks Art

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Although toddlers are still a little young to understand exactly why we celebrate this holiday, it’s not too early introduce a basic concept of patriotism. For our first red, white and blue craft, we created a piece of art inspired by one of my fondest memories of celebrating the Fourth of July with my family as a child: fireworks!

Craft/Activity/Snack: Paper towel Roll Fireworks Art
Objective: To create a fireworks style piece of art using a paper towel roll as the medium
Skills Utilized: fine motor skills, color recognition
Suggested Reading: Daniel’s First Fireworks by Becky Friedman
Materials: white paper (we used a thicker, card stock type), paper towel roll cut in half, red and blue paint, scissors, large plates to be used as a paint palette

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After you have cut the paper towel roll in half, start cutting the roll upwards to create a “fringe” on it, as shown below. Don’t worry too much about it being even. I leave about 1-1 1/2″ at the top for little hands to grasp when they are doing their painting. When you have finished cutting, it should look like this sea creature:

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Next, we put the blue paint on the first plate.  We spread it out and made sure to “twirl” the roll on the paint.  Then, let your little one stamp away.  You will see it makes a cool firework effect on the paper! We repeated the process with the red paint and other roll.

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Maddy had SO much fun doing this, she ended up doing three papers worth! Have fun and experiment with glitter paint, making the fringe on the rolls wider, using larger pieces of paper, etc.  Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @crafternoonplaydate with photos of your fireworks!

 

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