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Halloween is just around the corner, and if you want some activities to keep your preschoolers busy while you prepare their Halloween costumes or while you decorate the house, we’re going to share an easy DIY ghost craft for you! This is so easy to do, and the materials are just laying around the house. And it’s really not a scary ghost, but a very cute one!
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Ghosts may or may not be real, but whichever we choose to believe I think it is still best not to scare kids with the idea of spooky ghosts. Some kids get traumatized by it, but to prevent this from happening, you can create this really cute Ghost Craft for Halloween! This is a very kid-friendly craft, and in fact, it helps a lot in improving their skills! So, get the materials ready, and let’s start crafting!
Materials for creating your Ghost Craft:
- colored paper
- bond paper or cardstock
- acrylic paint
- drinking straw
- a pair of scissors
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Steps in making the Ghost Craft:
Step 1 Get bond paper or cardstock, sponge, and acrylic paint. Cut the sponge in half, lengthwise. Then put several colors of acrylic paint on it. I alternated blue, white, green, and blue paint, and you can also choose your own colors!
Step 2 Poke a stick on one end, pointing upward. Put the sponge down on the paper, with the paint sticking on the white paper. The stick should be in the middle to keep it in place. Once it is secured, slide the sponge carefully in a circular motion. Do this repeatedly until the colors mixed well.
Step 3 Using a pair of scissors, cut out a ghost-like shape from the formed colorful circle. Then set this aside for the meantime while we work on the background.
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Step 4 Now get a piece of colored paper for the background. Put dots of watercolor paint using a paintbrush. Add several colors (you may choose dark colors or those related to Halloween), then use a drinking straw to blow down the paint! The excess paint mixture should create a long line of colors. Do this carefully on each dot of paint.
Step 5 Cut out a rectangular piece of colored paper and fold it alternately on the other side like an accordion. Attach it just above the colored lines. This will be the base of the ghost, so it will look like it’s floating! Next, attach the ghost we cut out earlier.
Step 6 Get a black colored paper and cut out three bean-shaped outlines (make one of the three smaller than the other two). The two bigger ones are for the eyes and the small one is for the mouth. Glue them in place to complete your own Ghost Craft!
Your ghost craft looks really great! It looks great for this Halloween season, and perfect for kids too! You’ll have a new addition to your regular Halloween decors, and your little one has a new Halloween toy to play with. Be sure to try this Ghost Craft for a spooky Halloween bonding with your preschooler!
What will your child learn from the Ghost Craft?
Aside from helping little kids not to be scared of ghosts, this Ghost Craft can also help them with color recognition, fine motor skills, language skills, and following instructions! While working on the Ghost Craft, be sure to talk to your child. This helps their language and social development. Talk about the colors of the paint and colored papers you will be using. Ask him to name them so he can practice color recognition! He can also help out in cutting and gluing together the ghost. He will gain fine motor practice as he does all these, while also developing independence and creativity at the same time.
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