Marble Painted Mummies

Marble Painted Mummy Halloween CraftThese little mummies are as easy to make as they are cute!  No matter how many times we do marble painting, it’s always a hit with my kids.  It’s just so much fun to shake and roll the marbles through the paint and watch as the paper gets covered with painted lines!

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  • Black paper
  • White paint
  • Marbles (I used the big ones)
  • Mummy template
  • White pencil or crayon
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes (not pictured)
  • Glue (not pictured)
  • Box to contain the marbles while painting (not pictured)

p1020452Before we got started, I traced my mummy template (a cute little gingerbread man shape) onto black paper.  This step can also be done after painting, once the paint has dried.  If you trace in advance like me, wait to cut the mummies out until after painting to protect them from sliding around and getting crumpled up by the marbles.

Now find a container to hold your paper, paint, and marbles.  You want one that is large enough for your paper to lay flat on the bottom of the box.  Normally, I like to use a cardboard box for marble painting (diaper boxes work great!) but since I couldn’t find a single cardboard box when I was setting up this craft p1020525I opted to use a plastic container instead.  I chose one with a lid just in case the painting got wild.

Lay your black paper flat inside your box with the outline facing down and the blank side of the paper up.  Now, invite your child to squeeze some white paint onto the black paper.  I have a tendency to hover and say things like “Whoa, okay, that’s enough,” but for this craft I found that the mummies with the thickest paint came out the cutest.  Add a handful of marbles and you’re ready to roll!

Since my kids are old enough to keep the marbles in the tub, I let them choose whether to have the lid on or off for their painting. The girls tried it both ways but B loved snapping the lid on and going wild!  untitled-design-5The kids didn’t need any encouragement to keep rolling and shaking until their papers were covered although I did show them how to shake the tub both directions to get vertical AND horizontal paint lines on their paper.

compressed-photoAfter the paint dried, we cut out the mummy shapes, following the outline on the back of the paper.  Then I set out glue and googly eyes.  It took only a few minutes for the kids to glue on the eyes and our mummies were officially finished.   Our mummies may not be particularly accurate but we certainly had fun making them!


Gooey Ghosts

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After our footprint ghosts, the kids were eager for more ghost art so I decided to try out this Puffy Paint Ghost from No Time for Flash Cards.  Our mixture ended up more like goo than puffy paint, so we dubbed this craft “Gooey Ghosts”.  The kids had a blast and I love how they were involved in every step, from mixing up goo to painting their ghosts to adding googly eyes.  And even though I consider this “process art” (and wasn’t concerned with how the ghosts ended up), I think they turned out awfully cute.

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  • Sturdy paper or cardboard
  • Washable glue
  • Shaving cream
  • Scissors
  • Container to hold mixture
  • Ghost template (optional)
  • White pencil or crayon (optional)
  • Spoons and/or paintbrushes (optional)

Before I invited the kids to join me, I traced a ghost template onto black construction paper using a white pencil and cut the ghosts out.  I wish I’d had the kids cut out their own ghosts, but I didn’t even think of it at the time. p1020375 I put our craft table on an old sheet we use as a drop cloth and set out the materials needed to make our goo.  Then the kids put on smocks and took turns squeezing out the shaving cream and glue into a disposable cake pan I had on hand.  The kids worked hard squeezing the shaving cream out.  I think they also enjoyed squeezing a giant puddle of glue without hearing me remind them “a dot, a dot is not a lot”.untitled-design-3

I didn’t actually measure the amounts of shaving cream and glue we mixed together.  It’s entirely possible that our mixture would have been puffier had I paid better attention to the ratio.  However, I was very pleased that the kids could work together adding shaving cream and glue to our pan without any help from me and the kids were delighted with their concoction.  At first, they weren’t interested in touching the goo with their hands, but it didn’t take long for them to change their minds.

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After they had explored the goo for a while, I gave each child a ghost and they worked on covering it with goo.  At this point, I meant to provide foam paintbrushes, but completely forgot.  Since their hands were already sticky, it’s probably just as well it turned into more of a finger-painting project.  I do wonder if the ghosts would have been puffier if we had used paintbrushes.  Although the kids started with a thick layer of goo on their ghosts, they ended up smoothing it out and wiping a lot of the goo off before they were done with the activity.

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After the kids were finished spreading the goo, they pressed googly eyes onto their ghosts and I set them on our crafting cookie sheets to dry.  p1020418I noticed that the construction paper was really flimsy and did not support the weight of the goo very well.  Although this wasn’t a problem once the ghosts had dried, I  recommend using a heavier material like card stock or cardboard rather than construction paper.  I also recommend putting the ghosts on a piece of wax paper–I had to reposition our ghosts a few times during the drying process to keep them from sticking too badly to the cookie sheets.

We left our ghosts overnight and they dried into slightly puffy, very soft, super cute ghosts!  The kids loved feeling the softness of the dried goo.  Even though this craft didn’t turn out exactly as I envisioned, these little ghosts are definitely a success!


Q-Tip Skeletons

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While browsing Pinterest for not-too-scary Halloween art for the kids, I came upon the idea of making skeletons out of Q-tips.  I modeled mine after this one from Woo Jr with a few changes.

Materials:

  • Large black construction paper (12×18 inches)
  • Q-tips or cotton swabs (16 full-length, 3 cut to 3/4 length, 10 cut short)
  • Liquid glue
  • Skulls (printed or hand-drawn)
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes (optional)

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While preparing this craft, I made three changes to the Q-tip skeletons I had seen online.  First, I used the larger 12 by 18 inch size construction paper so that our skeletons would fit more easily and in a greater variety of positions. Secondly, I added two extra swabs– a 3/4 length one to extend the spine and a full-length one to represent hips.  This way, the legs didn’t come out from the ribs and I felt like our skeletons were more proportionally correct.  (I realize accuracy isn’t a top priority when one is crafting a skeleton from cotton swabs, but I preferred the way the skeletons looked with these extra pieces).  Finally, I added googly eyes to our skulls because I had some on hand and I’m slightly obsessed with googly eyes at the moment.

p1020351Before the kids joined me, I cut our cotton swabs into the necessary sizes.  (This is not easy to do.  Make sure you have very sharp scissors and be prepared for pieces to go flying around the room).  Then I set out the materials and the kids got to work.  I guided the kids in positioning their skulls and the swabs which made up the ribs, spine, and hips.  Once these nine swabs were in place, I encouraged the kids to be creative in completing their skeletons.
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p1020367M (just turned 3) didn’t quite get the gist of this craft but he was very excited about gluing nonetheless.  The other kids ranged in age from 4 to 9 and were able to complete the craft fairly independently.  The older kids in particular enjoyed deciding on poses for their skeletons.

Overall, this craft was a big hit will all the kids! I loved hearing them tell me what their skeletons were doing.  One was waving (photo 1 below), one was saying “Touchdown!” at the OU football game (2nd photo), and one was playing with a dinosaur toy (last photo).  E (3rd photo) wanted to make hers exactly like my sample.  It was so interesting to see how each child approached the craft a little differently and how no two skeletons were exactly the same.  This is definitely a craft I’ll be keeping in my files to pull out again.

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Ghost Footprints

With Halloween quickly approaching, the kids and I are full-swing in Halloween art mode. We kicked off the season with this simple and adorable footprint ghost craft.  Footprint Ghosts

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  • Washable white paint (you can also use acrylic but I try always to use washable)
  • Black card stock or construction paper
  • Paintbrush
  • White paint pen, crayon, or colored pencil
  • Black permanent marker
  • Paper plate (optional)
  • Cookie sheet (optional)
  • Wash tub (optional)

After you’ve gathered your supplies, write “Happy Halloween” or another festive phrase at the top of your paper. I used some black card stock I had on hand but I would expect construction paper to work as well.   textFor the text, I used a paint pen, which worked nicely although I found that going over my lines twice made for much brighter text.  You can see the difference between the “Happy” which has been traced over a second time, and “Halloween” which had not yet been traced.

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Now you’re ready for those adorable little footprints! Squirt some white paint onto a paper plate and use a small foam paintbrush to coat the bottom of your little artist’s foot.  (I find the foam paintbrushes to be faster and tickle less than a standard bristled brush. I stock up when Michael’s has them on sale 20/$1.)  My kids are used to footprint art and I trusted them to cooperate, so I went ahead and painted both feet at once.  If this is your first time doing footprint art or you have a wiggly toddler, I recommend painting one foot at a time.

After this step, I got really busy with the kids and an unexpected repairman showing up (“I have to answer the door.  DON’T MOVE!”) so I didn’t get photos of all the next steps.

I put the prepared paper on one of our crafting cookie sheets and brought the paper to the child’s foot. In my experience, trying to bring a painted foot to paper is much more difficult than keeping the foot still and bringing the paper up to meet it.  I stamped one foot at a time and then set the paper aside to dry.  Be sure to stamp the foot with the heel of the foot at the top of the paper and the toes near the bottom so your ghost will be right-side-upcookie-sheetp1010863!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a tub of water next to the craft table so after stamping, the kids could wash their feet off right away and dry them on some old towels.  In retrospect, I should have put a drop cloth down before we started–I did end up cleaning a few spots of paint (and cloudy water) off the floor but it wasn’t too bad.

After the paint was completely dry, I used a black permanent marker to draw eyes and a mouth on each footprint ghost.  I added “Boo!” a few times for extra detail and wrote each child’s name and the date (not pictured) on the bottom of the page.  I didn’t trace over the “Boo”s because I was concerned about smearing the footprints but they still came out totally readable.  And that’s it!  All in all, a cute, easy project to get ready for Halloween!

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(There are many versions of this craft online.  I remember seeing this one at Balancing Home.)