My children love doing arts and crafts projects. When they were little, almost every day I would pull out a crafts book and I would look for a fun and easy project that we could do together. My kids especially loved spring projects that included bunnies and flowers or creating drawings of themselves wearing Easter dresses for girls, but we discovered that there are craft projects dedicated to every season or holiday. Even though my girls wanted to draw pictures of little girls and tots in Easter dresses for infants or baby Easter dresses, I showed my kids that fall crafts and colors had wonderful possibilities too.
The month of October seems to be one of the best times for crafts since it’s getting colder and that means that children can’t play outside. Doing arts and crafts is a great way to get your kids away from the television and will also give children a chance to decorate the house and prepare for Halloween. Your family can collect leaves, decorate pumpkins, create October calendars, and/or paint with orange paint. Yes, the month of October is the time to think about black cats, ghosts, masks, and colorful orange and yellow baskets!
Easy To Do October Craft Projects:
Handprint bats can be made with black construction paper, googly eyes, brads, and glue. Children can decorate their bats with crayons and glitter glue.
Egg carton spiders can be made with egg cartons, washable poster paint, sponge brushes, googly eyes, glue, scissors, and black pipe cleaners. An adult will be needed to use a knife for this project.
Gauze ghosts can be created using recycled yogurt containers, white gauze, glue, and poster paint.
A countdown to Halloween tree can be constructed with brown poster board, green, orange, red, and yellow construction paper, markers, scissors, and tape. A similar type of project can be made in the spring so your kids can look forward to putting on their Easter dresses for girls and decorating eggs.
A “Thumb-kin” Patch can be created by using a child’s thumb. All that is needed is some orange paint, paper plates, blue and green construction paper, glue, scissors, and some markers.
Mr. Potato Head like pumpkins are fun to make. Just use Mr. Potato head pieces and put into a pumpkin instead of a potato. Small pumpkins work great for this sort of project.
Make a doll with a small pumpkin head. Dress the doll in in baby girl Easter dresses. Add some “hair” and decorate the pumpkin doll’s face with markers or paint.
Autumn leaves can be collected and made into beautiful collages.
A pumpkin or autumn leaf sun catcher can be made with yellow and orange tissue paper, contact paper, construction paper, and scissors.
31 Days of October Crafts
The author of this article is Jo Ann Schneider Farris, About.com’s Guide to Figure Skating and the mother of three children.
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