Quick monster craft for Halloween

It’s Child 1’s first Halloween being invited to any parties, and she’s now watched many programmes with the theme. So we made a quick craft that we will be repeating at baby and toddler group this week — monsters (or aliens, apparently).

Quick monster craft for Halloween

You’ll need:

  • Paper or card
  • Collage materials (more paper or card, stickers, googly eyes, and so on — use what you have)
  • Glue stick

I let Child 1 draw a large shape on some paper and use her scissors to cut it out. Sort of. She drew one shape and cut out another. Then I let her go to town sticking random shapes that I was cutting out, although she did ask for teeth, smiles, ears, hair, arms, and legs.

I then asked her to stick it another piece of paper to function as background, which she cut up, too.

This was quick, practically no-prep, and she really enjoyed the process. Win!

Winged insects craft and learning about static electricity

Winged insects craft and learning about static electricity

I have — unsuccessfully — been trying to wean Child 1 off being addicted to television. All I’ve managed is to delay the pleas for this week’s favourite, Team Umizoomi. Today’s delaying tactic, though, worked quite well — a static electricity butterfly.

Our first attempt wasn’t so amazing, but according to Child 1, it’s a mummy butterfly.

First attempt

We made a smaller dragonfly, and another butterfly, then we blew up a balloon and got the wings to flap.

Winged insects craft and learning about static electricity
Winged insects craft and learning about static electricity

Child 1 pronounced our creations ‘quite great’.

Pollock-style watercolour splatter paintings

A quick-to-set-up-with-great-results, guaranteed messy fun — do it outside if you have no way of protecting your surfaces.

Pollock-style watercolour splatter paintings

You’ll need:

  • Paper or card stock
  • Watercolours (we have the standard tablets of dried watercolours)
  • Water
  • Plastic plates, one or more
  • Paintbrushes
  • Mat (we use a shower curtain)

Lay your mat out if you have one and arrange your paper or card stock on top. Pour a small amount of water onto the plate(s) and wet your paintbrush, brush it over the watercolours, then hold your brush over your paper and flick. Child 1, who is three years old, really enjoyed this.

That’s it! And the results are pretty good.

Pollock-style watercolour splatter paintings