My four-year-old LOVES Halloween. She has been practicing “Trick-or-Treat” the entire month of October by knocking on various doors in our house while holding her pumpkin bucket. She loves the costumes, the movies, and the decorations on people’s houses. She has even decorated her own room.
The one activity she loves possibly as much as Halloween is crafting. I always scan Columbia Mom and Facebook for the best things to do this time of year. When I saw Lexington Main Library was hosting a Halloween-themed craft event, I knew we had to go.
Two of the crafts we made – a black cat and a pumpkin weave – use basic supplies that most preschool parents probably already have around the house. We had a great time making them and recreated them at home. Here’s how you can do it too!
Two Easy Halloween Crafts
1. Black Cat
This black cat is cute and easy to make. To make it you will need the following supplies:
- Black Construction paper (body)
- Pink Construction paper (nose)
- Yellow Construction paper (eyes)
- Black marker (eyes)
- Glue stick
Fold the black construction paper (I am using purple for visibility) almost in half, leaving an inch and a half or so showing from the back. Cut the 1.5″ off of the paper. Save it.
Draw a rainbow shape on the folded paper, with the bottom of the arch on the open side of the paper. Cut the rainbow shape out and save it for later.
Cut the top corners of the folded side of the paper at an angle. Save the little triangles for later. The big section is the body of the cat.
Fold the skinny piece of paper from the first step in half longwise. Cut the tail out of this piece. glue it near the top back of the body of the cat.
Glue the cut out from step 2 at the front top of the cat’s body. This is the cat’s head (I used a green shape to make it easier to see where to glue, and to give the cat a Frankenstein vibe).
Trim the triangles from step 3 to make them fit on the head. Glue them on the cat. These are the ears.
Cut eyes out of the yellow construction paper and a nose out of the pink paper. Glue on the cat’s face. Fold the bottoms of the legs out to make feet. Use the black marker to draw pupils in the cat’s eyes. You’re finished!
Here’s the one I did with my daughter at the library.
2. Pumpkin Weave
The pumpkin weave is a fancy twist to the basic construction paper jack-o-lantern. To make it you will need the following supplies:
- Orange Construction Paper
- Different colored paper strips
- Writing Utensil of your choice
- Glue stick
Draw a pumpkin shape on the orange construction paper. It should take up most of the paper. Cut the shape out.
Fold the pumpkin in half (either way works). Cut lines down the fold. Be careful not to cut all the way to the edge of the pumpkin.
Take the strips of paper and weave them into the cuts.
Trim the strips so that they do not extend past the pumpkin. Glue the edges of the strips down. You’re done!
We had a great time making these and they’re now proudly displayed in my daughter’s room with her other spooky decorations. We’re looking forward to learning more cool things at the library!