In this activity, I drew and cut out some pumpkins on orange construction paper and then cut a strip of green construction paper. On each of these, I drew shapes or letters. I then had the boys match each pumpkin with the letter/shape to the space on the green paper. Once they had them in the correct spots, I let them practice gluing the pumpkins down.
I wanted to give the boys a bit of a guided art project and have them practice following directions. I drew a pumpkin on a piece of white paper using an orange crayon and a green crayon. I then told them to only use an orange and greet dot dot marker to fill in the matching colors. Leo interpreted it a bit differently and covered the lines with each color, but I loved how precise he was and the way it turned out! I also gave Taso some crayons to practice scribbling with. When he started chewing on the crayons, I decided he was probably done.
We are big fans of the movie "Coco" around this house so sugar skulls and discussing Dia de Muertos is always a must! This project took a bit of prep upfront. I wanted the boys to be able to work on a few things: matching shapes, using pincer-finger grasps and practice using glue. I drew and cut out all of the pieces, (but I’m sure you could easily google some images and use those if you didn’t feel like drawing) and let the boys match where to place the sugar skull decor around the eyes, nose, mouth and then extra pieces wherever they chose to place them. For Leo, I gave liquid glue to practice using small dots of glue, and for Xander we used a glue stick. I love how these turned out and the boys of course loved using glue on their own!
Leo found a beautifully colored-leaf while we were playing outside, so we decided to make a project out of it. I drew an outline of a leaf and gave him the colored markers that we saw on the real leaf. I taped his real leaf next to the drawing and had Leo color the drawing based off of the leaf that he found. I even turned this into a higher-level science lesson by casually mentioning that the different pigments found in the leaves of plants are why we see them change.
Using paper plates, paint and construction paper, the boys were able to create spiders and jack-o-lanterns as some Halloween decorations! First, we had the boys paint their plate. While the paint was drying, the boys were able to practice cutting out shapes for the spider’s face and the jack-o-lantern’s face from construction paper. The last step was to glue everything together!
These next few items weren’t entirely constructed by the kids, but they did assist in the creation! Here are a few other fun ideas to make some homemade Halloween decorations:
- Boo! Ghost Footprints - paint kids feet, apply on small painted canvas
- Construction Paper/Pipe cleaner Pumpkin - strips of construction paper taped together, connected with pipe cleaner as the stem
- Diffuser Decoration - black pieces cut from construction paper, taped onto diffuser
I hope you enjoyed and were inspired by some of our October activities and projects! Happy Halloween!