October is upon us and Halloween is fast approaching! This is an exciting time of year for anyone who likes the spooky and scary (and candy) but it especially fun for children. One way to celebrate Halloween and build up excitement for the big day is to work on Halloween-themed art projects. Such art projects also help to build creativity, self-efficacy and confidence. Furthermore, art projects help younger children gain a deeper understanding of motor skills, hand-eye coordination and the relationship between materials, colors, and shapes. Hence, such art projects are suitable even for very young learners!
Many schools have started to shun art classes and projects due to strict testing regulations and serious cutbacks on budgets. Fortunately, homeschooling parents have the advantage to make time for arts and crafts part of their lesson plan. Best of all, many art projects can be done using materials that cost little money and are easy to find (see video for pumpkin-inspired ideas). Ideas for art projects come up in masse via a simple Google search and—better yet—many tutorials can be watched on YouTube for free. Following along with a video tutorial makes creating a certain project even easier!
Below are three very inventive Halloween-focused art projects I came across on Youtube:
Paper Spider Decoration
This tutorial demonstrates how to make a spider decoration using black construction paper, scissors, a stapler, glue and googley eyes:
Ghosts in a Jar
This tutorial shows how to make a decoration that looks like a ghost caught in a jar! This decoration can even light up!
The Q-Tip Skeleton
This tutorial explains how to create a skeleton decoration using Q-tips, a cotton ball, glue and construction paper: