Kids: Craft like a wizard
Busy lifestyles and technology are keeping us further away from our family, and it's thanks to silly seasonal festivities like Halloween that give us an opportunity to reconnect with them. Here are some easy crafts for quality bonding time.
These may look super fancy, but don't fret. They are easy to create and something that siblings can work together on. Simply cut orange paper into 1.5"-wide strips and of varying lengths. Fold the strips individually into a fan then wrap it around like a circle. Secure each end with glue. Cut green paper into leaf shapes, glue it on use twine to tie to the base. And you're all done!
Easy, super fun and can also be turned into a personal charm, you can get the little ones to help arrange bits of pieces of white, or even colourful, yarn to create a little ghost friend. Snip off pieces of strings then fold them in half. Tightly tie an extra piece of string at the base to create a "head". Cut off the excess and use a hot glue gun to secure the edges.
Here's fun craft and the best part is that each imprint will turn out unique for every child. Pour out washable paints into a disposable container that is big enough for your child to dip their hands into. Paint the fingers black and the base green. While still wet, place a painted hand onto a sheet of paper to transfer the shape. Kids can then pick up a paint brush to decorate their little monster. Be careful though! Things may get a little messy.
It's sticky, gooey and fun for kids to play with but parents would be playing a lead role in brewing this concoction. Empty out two bottles of Elmer's glue (even better if it's packed with glitter), and add in a cup of liquid starch. You can mix these with your hands. Feel free to add more starch till the texture is firm but stretchy. Then go wild - you can mix in small plastic insects or keep it simple with googly eyes. To store, place in an airtight plastic container in the fridge.
All you need are some paper plates, acrylic paint in colours of your child's choice, googly eyes and chenille stems (both available in most craft stores), and the simple nitty gritties like stapler, glue and scissors. It's a matter of painting, simple assembling and you're done. Once complete, you can hang these with a string in their bedroom, or even let them complement your Halloween-inspired living room and dining room décor.
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