Halloween and Day of the Dead Mosaic Crafts

It’s almost Halloween, which is kind of amusing because we don’t really ‘celebrate’ Halloween. Or Samhain. Or Day of the Dead. We have two birthdays in October which is pretty much enough for us, but you know… everyone’s doing it. Our Bostik Bloggers Box this month contained lots of Halloween-themed goodies, with a giant foam skeleton, pumpkin and bat. There are all sorts of little scrapbook odds and ends and paper, including Halloween confetti.

For these decorations we used: 

  • Halloween themed scrap book paper
  • Webbed material
  • Halloween foams
  • Glu Dots
  • Bostik PVA Craft Glue

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3 Simple Halloween Crafts #BostikBloggers

I saw an ad recently that asked for bloggers who did a lot of crafts, and since that’s us, I signed up. A few weeks later a box full of Halloween Craft goodies arrived in the mail, and we had a fun time sifting through all the supplies that arrived.  I decided that rather than simply do parent led crafts (there is one!) I’d allow six year old Ameli to decide what she was going to make with the supplies that arrived. She decided on a spider and a clock, and then we worked together on a Jack-in-the-box Ghost-in-the-box.

Spider Craft

Spiders

For this craft you will need:

To start with, prepare all the parts. The spider body looks like an 8 without the centre holes cut out, and the legs should be cut to eight equal sizes. Bend the legs into a square root symbol (sqrt{,}) which you’ll turn upside down.

Take your spider body and add glue.

(The Bostik Glue Dots are great as you simply lay the felt onto the dots, pull it back up and lay it down onto the paper plate, no mess, no waste.)

Stick the spider body to the middle of the plate.

Next, stick the two flat parts of the pipe cleaner ‘legs’ to the glue dots, then onto the plate, trying to get the bit that attaches to the body as close as you can to the body.

Continue this till all eight legs are in place.

You can fold a strip of ribbon double and attach the two ends to the plate (again, the glue dots work well here) to hang it up with or just leave it as a freestanding spider – on – a – plate.

I wanted to add some googly eyes too, but my daughter thought that was too scary.

Witching Hour Clock

Clock

Ah, this craft brings new meaning to the words witching hour!

Ameli has been learning to tell the time recently, so she decided she wanted to make a Halloween clock.

For this you will need:

Using the glue dots, stick pumpkin images or ribbon to the key parts of the clock – 12, 3, 6 and 9.

Use a felt tipped pen to write the times on the clock

Pierce a hole roughly in the centre and fold a pipe cleaner in half. Make a knot in the back to keep it from slipping out, and cut the front facing parts so that you have a long hand and a short hand.

I called out times, and Ameli set the clock to the right time (mostly) before deciding that the clock had stopped, and with it, the game.

Pop Up Ghost

Ghost

For this craft you will need:

  • White paper/tissue paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • A cone
  • A polystyrene ball that fits inside the cone
  • A stick (bamboo works well here)
  • A white pipe cleaner
  • Glue

Cut a hole in the top of the cone, just big enough for the stick to pass through.

Apply glue to the polystyrene ball and wrap the paper around the top, allowing the bottom to hang loose in the way ghosts are pictured.

Add the googly eyes

Stick the wooden stick through the bottom of the cone, then attach the pipe cleaner to the stick. With bamboo you can glue the pipe cleaner into the bamboo, leaving it to dry so that it is secure.

Stick the two loose ends of the pipe cleaner into the bottom, uncovered part of the ‘ghost’.

Cover the cone part with black felt.

When all the glue is dry, pull the stick away from the ghost so that it lowers into the cone.

Walk up to an unsuspecting victim and with a ‘Boo’ push up on the stick so that the ghost jumps out of the cone.

It’s really quite more fun than it sounds 😉

We were sent a box of tricks from Bostik and tasked with making Halloween themed crafts.  

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere {Book Review & Craft}

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere is a brightly coloured story book about pumpkins on their way to a big Halloween parade. There are sad pumpkins and happy pumpkins, scary pumpkins and scared pumpkins, wet pumpkins and dry pumpkins, cat pumpkins and wolf pumpkins and pretty much every other type of pumpkin out there.

The pumpkins – and the people dressed in costume who are carrying them – make it to the parade, where they light up the area and everyone is smiley and happy.

So this isn’t really a ‘story’ – it doesn’t have much of a plot, and has no moral or theme. It’s just words on pages with really nicely done picture, but it’s perfect for beginner readers.Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere

For 3 year olds

Aviya liked finding the right pumpkins and pointing them out – so she was able to identify the emotion or action (sad pumpkin or wet pumpkin, for example). With the emotion ones she also made the faces that matched the words, so I think it’s a good, simple and easy introduction to emotions.

For 5 year olds

The book is a bit young for being read to Ameli, but it’s a perfect early reader book because some pages have as few as two words on it, so they can read a whole book  in not too long a time, which I think is really encouraging.

Pumpkins craft

Literature to crafts

Of course we can’t read a book without turning it into a craft, so we printed out pumpkins and faces and glued them on to make a pumpkin garland. You can find the printouts and instructions for the pumpkin garland here.

Pumpkin Garland

If you’re thinking of themed ideas for Halloween stories, have a look at these clever and fun Harry Potter themed lunch box snacks from Eats Amazing.

Zingzingtree’s fabulous bats make a great bunting too, and will complement the pumpkin bunting perfectly!

Make A Pumpkin Garland

It’s coming up for Pumpkin Time, so it’s time to decorate our learning space with something a little different for the new season. Our current house really doesn’t have the space for things like nature shelves and loads of sensory play – like last year’s autumn sensory box or the indoor fairy garden. What we do have though is a lot of wall space in our high ceilinged Victorian house, so wall decorations are always a good thing.

For this activity you will need:

  • orange cardboard
  • yellow cardboard
  • string
  • glue
  • market pens
  • a printer (optional)

You can either use our templates, or if you’re artistically inclined, you can draw your own pumpkins and faces, otherwise just print them off.

I’ve compiled these templates based on drawings from npics, lakeshore living and bkay.

If you print these pumpkins on A4 you’ll get 6 pumpkins – two of three styles – per page, so print as many as you’d like to use.

pumpkin garland

Once printed, cut them out.

I also printed faces from craftbuds.com – printed as is they make half an A4 page, and they are the perfect size for the pumpkins. I printed three pages of pumpkins and two pages of the faces, but knowing full well the girls wouldn’t glue the faces on 18 pumpkins and I’d be left doing it after three or four each, I used a marker pen to draw some of the faces on quickly.

Once all the pumpkins have their features added, turn them round and space them out equally, then drop/squeeze glue over the backs, where you want the string to appear.Pumpkin Garland 2

This is a lovely Lidl string that they do once a year and I can’t seem to find anywhere else. If you know where we can pick up extras, let me know!

Make a loop on both ends so that you can hang it around pins, with tac or whatever else you use on your walls.

Pumpkin Garland Hanging

Be as creative as you like, and have fun with it!

Print these:

Eyes-Mouths-and-Noses

Pumpkin Templates