These Halloween Popsicle Stick Crafts for kids are SOOOO much fun and incredibly easy for kids of any age! You can very easily adapt the craft to the age group that you are working with. I highly recommend pre-gluing the sticks together unless you’re working with older children. It doesn’t take long and you can process a pretty large amount of them in a short time. I definitely recommend buying a box of 1000 craft sticks which cost under $7 because you’ll need plenty if you’re working with several kids and can use it for a zillion other crafts.
I started by laying all of the popsicle craft sticks out flat on the table to the size that I wanted (this one is my pumpkin), then used Tacky Glue to add a few craft sticks on the back going the opposite way. This holds the craft sticks together, and you can smear tacky glue onto the back of the sticks with your finger to make it even sturdier. It will dry clear and won’t break easily as the kids handle them.
Then comes the fun part! You’re only limited by your imagination! I used acrylic paint to make the colors on my Halloween decor pop out but you can use paint markers, tempera paint, or even cut out squares of felt, foam or construction paper to go over the top! Make it eclectic with scraps of fabric! Then decorate the face on! I used a Sharpie marker for all of my decorations but you can use paint, paint markers, felt, construction paper, pom pom balls, or anything else that you can come up with!
For the Ghost Craft I just put four popsicle craft sticks next to each other, glued two craft sticks onto the back and smeared tacky glue to help reinforce it, then drew three circles on the front with my Sharpie marker.
Frankenstein is my personal favorite! I used a few less craft sticks than I did for the pumpkin, hand drew on the hair and mouth, then glued on googly eyes for some extra fun!
SO now you have all of these awesome Halloween decorations! Here are a few ideas of what you can do with them:
- Add magnets on the back! (buy some here)
- Add a string or wire on the back so you can hang them up.
- Tie them together to create a mobile.
- Glue an extra craft stick coming out of the bottom and turn them into puppets or yard signs.
- Glue them onto the front of a homemade card for a 3D effect!
- Hang them all from your classroom ceiling.
- Tape them to your window so that the decorations are facing outside.
- Glue them onto an old wooden or cardboard box and put your trick or treat candy in it on Halloween!
These Bunting Flags by Roylco should be a staple for every daycare, elementary teacher, and homeschooler! These are SO incredibly versatile and promote all sorts of creative ideas! Not to mention incredibly easy to just grab anytime your kids get the urge to get creative! They come in a 32 pack, are thicker than regular paper, and of course are pre-cut into a bunting flag shape. In fact even the end has a pre-folded section making it easy to hang your flags or put them on a stick to wave!
These Bunting Flags are so much nicer than having to cut your own! AND the paper is much thicker which means it would definitely do better for those kiddos (including mine!) that put WAY too much paint or glue on it!
You guys know we’ve been out of town most of the summer already so we will be doing more projects with our bunting flags throughout the summer but to start with my youngest son wanted to use stencils all over his flag.
My other son decided to make his flag a celebration of the holidays and everything else that he really likes. We started out using markers, but you can use paints, glitter, stickers, rhinestones and pretty much anything else you can think of! These are great for making team flags, field day decor, holiday projects, birthday banners, etc.
I know my husband’s favorite hockey team just won the Stanley cup so my kids are planning on sitting down this week to make hockey banners to hang up in the house! These would even make awesome math and word chart decor for your classroom!
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Remember those awesome toilet paper tube robots we made for my son’s birthday party? Those are great for making at home but not so much for making in a large group because of the time it requires so I decided to put together a few ideas for a classroom friendly version of my toilet paper tube robots!
These can easily be made with out without google eyes depending on the time you have available to do the craft. For the simplest way you can skip the googly eyes and just let the kids draw their own robot faces! You’ll of course need toilet paper tubes, strips of paper to lay over the tubes if you don’t have time to paint, sticks or pipe cleaners for arms, optional googly eyes, and markers or other things to decorate your robots with!
If you don’t have time to let the kids paint their robots you can pre-cut strips of paper to cover the toilet paper tube and tape them on yourself.
Decorate as desired!
Then add the arms! You can use any colors that you want! Stickers, glue, paint, markers – anything at all!!
In one of my many forums that I’m a part of I helped Elmer’s to name one of their brand new products and they chose the name I suggest (yeah!). In return over the weekend a huge box showed up on my door full of Elmer’s goodies & craft supplies! Inside my craft box was a craft suggestion sheet with this fun boat craft and my boys had a blast making it! Great for kids of all ages really as my 2 year old was able to make his boat with a little help from me.
Craft Sticks (the wider the better)
Elmer’s Glue Stick
Hot Glue Gun
Paper or Cardboard
Any other decor desired
1. Place paper or cardboard bottom on a flat surface and then use your Elmer’s glue stick to glue down four wide craft sticks next to each other like shown below.
2. Cut 2 sails out of the craft foam in the color of your choice and glue it between two craft sticks using your Elmer’s Glue Stick.
3. Using your hot glue gun attach your sail onto the middle of your 4 craft sticks section like shown below.
4. Decorate the “water” anyway you would like!! We used colorful paper Easter grass, beads, glitter glue, stickers, pom pom balls and anything else we could find!
Special thanks to Elmer’s for providing the supplies & instructions for this fun kid’s craft!