Halloween is nearly here, and as the goofy ghouls and happy haunts get ready to gun “fun” in the night, children everywhere are getting excited for their big night of tricks and treats. Before we even get to Halloween, however, families can have plenty of fun celebrating the arrival of fall. At TLC Schools, we have collected some of our favorite creepy crawly crafts for children—projects that will get them excited for the season and upcoming holiday. Here are a few craft ideas to get you inspired!
Pumpkin carving might be a bit too difficult for some children, but pumpkin painting is much easier, much safer, and allows children still to flex their creativity. To paint pumpkins, all you need are some supplies that you probably already have in your craft closet: acrylic paint, some brushes, and some newspaper to catch any errant splatters. You can paint pumpkins of any size. You could also consider printing out or stenciling some designs on the pumpkin for your child to fill in, giving them practice to color in the lines.
These delicious snacks are spooky and sweet. You will need some pretzel sticks, some white chocolate, and some milk or dark chocolate. Arrange the pretzel sticks on a cookie sheet so they look like a starburst. Then, melt the chocolate either in the microwave or temper it on the stovetop and then carefully pipe the white chocolate in circles to create the web. You can mix it up and use dark chocolate, or you can create a little chocolate spider by piping in a body and some legs. Allow to cool and then enjoy your sweet treat!
A Wooly Web
Unlike the previous craft, this one you can’t eat but will make a fun decoration for your house! You will need 3 popsicle sticks per web, a hot glue gun, and white yarn. Arrange the popsicle sticks so that they overlap each other and form an asterisk. Hot glue them together in the center where they overlap. Once they are dried, hot glue the end of the yarn to one popsicle stick near the center of the web. Then, once it has dried, begin weaving the yarn over the sticks, alternating over and under, until you’ve created a spider web.
We hope that these crafts will entertain your children during the lead-up to Halloween. If you make any of them, be sure to send us a picture of the results on our Facebook page!