Holidays bring excitement for parties, yummy treats, time with family and friends, and also time to tap into your creative side. As a teacher, I love to bring a little holiday pizazz into the classroom with a variety of projects. I am also mindful of my families that do not celebrate certain holidays, so I either plan projects with modifications (basically ones that can be spooky or not), or teach from a worldly approach, which is what I do in December for my Holidays Around the World unit. (You can read about my Winter Holiday projects HERE). If you are unsure how to bring creative fun into your homes this spooky season, keep reading!
PROJECTS FOR 3-5YO
Itsy Bitsy Pumpkins
Based off a fun remake of the Itsy Bitsy Spider, this project is a monster for a teacher, but turns out so cute! Because it is early in the year, students have not always developed great fine motor skills for cutting, so to do this one in school requires A LOT of teacher prep to cut out the pumpkins, stems, eyes, nose, mouth, and teeth, but gosh aren't they cute?
Five Little Pumpkins
This project is great for sequencing, as it serves as a companion to The Five Little Pumpkins book/song. You will need popsicle sticks for the fence, glue, black and orange paper, and then any other details you'd like to include.
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PROJECTS FOR 6-8YO
Yayoi Kusama Dot Pumpkins
Paper Bag Halloween Puppets
These are an inexpensive craft that can double up as decor! Each member of the family can make their own (vampires, witches, ghosts, zombies, Frankenstein, and more!). To level up these puppets as decor, simply cut a round circle in the "body" portion, stand them up, and place a tea light underneath for an October glow.
Projects for 9yo and up
Paper Bag Haunted Houses
Just like the Paper Bag Puppets, these inexpensive projects can double as decor! Just stuff them with any recycled newspapers or Amazon packing paper before stapling the roof on.
Value Scale Pumpkin Drawings
Mixed Media Haunted Houses
This Sharpie and watercolor project allows kids to add their own touches to their work. Begin by drawing a haunted house in pencil. Be sure to add lots of spooky details (bats, witches in the sky, ghosts, glowing eyeballs, cobwebs, spiders, etc.). Next, watercolor paint the windows and sky before coloring the haunted house in a black sharpie to create a spooky silhouette. You could also make this a crayon and watercolor resist project by coloring the house in black first (press down heavy), and then watercolor painting everything after.
Need a project to calm your anxiety? This black and white line drawing project is just the thing! You could even print out blank pumpkin coloring pages for your kids to draw in the car on the way to school, practice, church, etc.!
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I hope you find some inspiration in a few of these projects. Please be sure to tag us on social media if you create with us!