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.
For this project you need:
- Sturdy paper or cardboard
- Washable glue
- Shaving cream
- 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. 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”.
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.
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.
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. I 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!