Temperatures fall, pumpkin patches open, and spooky happenings pop up all around town. It must be time for Halloween!
To get the kids in the spirit of things why not try this simple and inexpensive activity?!
1. 3 large craft sticks
2. Washable paint (orange, black, white, any color you like!) plus paintbrush
3. Hot/low temp glue gun and glue sticks
4. Button (any color works but flat ones stay on better)
5. 2-3 yards elastic/yarn/twine (any color)
6. Plastic spiders (I bought mine at Party City)
1. Lay out the 3 craft sticks on a clean flat surface and paint one side. Allow to dry and paint the other side. Set aside.
2. Once the craft sticks are completely dry form an X and apply hot glue where the two lines meet at the center of the X. Place other stick in the middle of the X vertically and glue in the center to form a 6 point star/spoke shape.
3. Glue button in center where all of the sticks meet.
4. Hot glue center of button and press spider on to adhere.
5. Pick up elastic/yarn/twine and tie it onto a stick double knotting it to the back of the web.
6. Flip web over with button and spider on top. Wrap elastic/yarn/twine around web by wrapping it over the stick to the right, wrap under the stick and around, then move onto the next stick on the right. Keep wrapping using this pattern until you have about 1/2 inch of sticks exposed at the ends.
7. When you reach the end of the elastic/yarn/twine double knot it to the back of the web.
8. Add twine/yarn to end of one of sticks to hang on the wall or onto a suction cup on a window.
As part of my new role as the Artist in Residence at The Urban Chalkboard I am planning and teaching drop in art activities for 18 month - 5 year old children. It's such a fun experience and I'm learning how to take more complicated projects and modify for younger kids. Stay tuned for lots more kids art tutorials to come in the near future!
One of the first projects that I planned is Story Stones. Story Stones are smooth flat rocks painted/decorated with a child's favorite characters, colors, and themes. Once completed he/she can tell a story using the stones as props/visual aides. This is a wonderful way for children to build vocabulary, learn how to structure a story (beginning, middle, end), and develop early reading skills.
Here is a quick tutorial including supplies needed to make these fun craft.
3-5 flat smooth stones (can be purchased at most craft stores)
Mod Podge or Elmer’s white glue thinned down with water
Cup of water
* Temporary tattoos
* Paint pens/markers
* Brightly colored/metallic Sharpies
* Glitter glue/glitter
* Small stencils plus tape to attach to stone
1. Wash and dry stones and set aside. Place on top of newspaper or cookie sheet for quick cleanup.
2. Select a temporary tattoo, paint, glue, etc. and begin applying design.
3. Wait about an hour for paint/glue to dry or you can use a blow dryer on the low heat setting to speed up the drying process.
4. Use a paintbrush to cover surface of stones with Mod Podge or watered down Elmer’s glue to help seal your child’s decorations. This is an optional step, but it helps design to stay looking new for longer.
5. Have your child tell you a story using the stones. :-)
1. Temporary tattoos are the easiest, fastest, least messy, and most affordable way to complete this activity. They come in lots of colors and designs that include many of your child’s favorite characters. Party stores have packs of 16 for as little as $.99!
2. If you’re concerned about your child constantly putting the stones in his/her mouth or damaging your home and possessions you can have him/her create paper “stones” instead by using heavy card stock cut in circles and decorated as listed above. To make them last even longer and help with ease of cleaning you can laminate them.
3. Let your child choose how to decorate his/her stones. Don’t worry about the end result being “perfect”. The most important thing is that he/she has fun making them and using them to tell his/her own unique story.
Fall is one of my favorite seasons. Crisp air, pumpkin spice everything, sweaters, cute boots, and beautiful changing leaves.
I decided to create a simple project that would help capture the essence of this time of year. I especially love to drive around and look at all of the beautiful red, gold, and brown leaves so this craft celebrates just that!
This activity can be done by kids of all ages (18 months+). I recommend using large sponges or paint brushes for children under 2.
1. Pack of solar reactive paper. I used Tedco Sun Art paper.
2. 8.5" x 11" piece of cardboard or heavy card stock
3. White card stock
4. Scissors/paper cutter
5. Glue stick/double sided tape
7. Ink in fall colors (orange, red, brown, etc.)
8. Spray bottle filled with water/access to sink
9. Leaves, acorn tops, flowers, small berries (anything that lays relatively flat)
1. Gather leaves, acorn tops, flowers, berries, etc. Items should be mostly flat as they will be pressed between paper and plastic.
2. Set out 8.5" x 11" cardboard/card stock.
3. Place 1 piece of Sun Art paper on top of cardboard/card stock and set leaves/acorn tops/flowers on top of paper. Make sure the blue side of paper is face up before placing items.
4. Cover the Sun Art paper with included clear plastic piece.
5. Carry the stack outside in a sunny/mostly sunny area. Watch paper. It is ready to be brought inside when the paper has changed to a pale blue color,
6. Remove cover, nature items, Sun Art Paper, and cardboard/card stock.
7. Spray Sun Art paper with room temperature water until fully saturated or rinse paper in sink. Set aside to dry.
8. Once paper is completely dry cut a 3.5" x 5.5" piece and set aside,
9. Cut a 4" x 6" piece of white card stock.
10. Using sponges rub ink across white card stock and set aside to dry.
11. Rub ink across dry Sun Art paper and allow to dry.
12. Turn Art Paper upside down and apply glue/double sided tape.
13. Center on inked white card stock and press down until secure.
14. Place in a 4" x 6" frame or hang on the refrigerator.