These coffee filter ghost lollipops are a cute and simple interpretation of the classic ghost made from tissue paper. A nostalgic and fun Halloween treat sure to be a hit with kids of all ages!
When I was a little kid, my mom and I would make kleenex tissue ghosts every Halloween. We didn’t use a lollipop for the heads, but instead we used a balled up tissue, and we would hang the ghosts up as part of our Halloween decorations. I was feeling a bit nostalgic this year, and I wanted to carry on the tradition with my boys, so I came up with this modern (and easy!) twist on my favorite classic!
These coffee filter ghost pops are so easy that the kids can make them all by themselves, and they make a great classroom Halloween treat!
SUPPLIES FOR COFFEE FILTER GHOST LOLLIPOPS:
- Rounded Lollipops (we used Tootsie Pops, but Original Gourmet lollipops would be great, too.)
- Coffee Filters
- Small Rubber Bands
- Thin Ribbon or Baker’s Twine
- Black Sharpie Marker
For each ghost pop, I used three coffee filters. Wrap the coffee filters over the lollipop, and secure in place with a small rubber band. (Note: it’s okay if the rubber band is not very tight. It just helps to hold things in place for a moment.)
Tightly tie a piece of ribbon around the “neck” of the ghost, fluff up the under layers of the coffee filters, and use a black marker to draw the ghost’s face. Easy peasy!
These ghost lollipops are SO quick and easy that you could whip out enough Halloween treats for an entire classroom while watching a single episode of Stranger Things (have you seen it yet? It’s definitely worth a binge!). It was fun introducing my boys to this nostalgic holiday craft idea, and maybe some day (very, VERY far in the future!) they’ll carry on the tradition with their own families!
You can make a great collage for Labor Day by cutting out pictures of workers from magazines and gluing them to poster board. Older kids can write an essay to accompany their collage.
- Old magazines
- Thick paper or poster board
- Markers (to decorate your collage)
Cut a variety of pictures of workers from old magazines.
Glue the pictures artistically onto the paper or posterboard.
Decorate the collage using markers.
For older students: Label each of your pictures and write a paragraph (on a separate piece of paper) about the profession(s) pictured in your collage.
In case you haven’t guessed, my daughter dictates most of what we do for these projects and events that I post. Yes…when she was going to lock, we made this toilet paper roll and shoe box lock. We made these toilet paper roll and ribbon roll dolls when she asked for her friend’s doll. This time Mia told me she wanted to build a plane… what? ? How do I do this? so! I came up with this quick little airplane clothespin kids craft.
I’m guessing she asked for an airplane because her Grandparents just left in one after visiting us for the holidays. Although she’s only four, my daughter has flown on almost a dozen planes (includes layovers if you’re wondering). Both my parents and my husband’s parents live so very far away. So I was so happy to make this little craft with her.
- Foam craft sticks
I also had these clothes pins handy (I did go to the store to buy some that look like little dolls because we are just going to have to try and make clothespin dolls very soon!).
Mia got these foam craft sticks for her birthday one year and they are so fun to play with.
They are also extremely easy to cut! So, I cut one for the wings in the front and pictured here are the wings for the back.
I wanted Mia to be able to make these, so we used good old white glue to glue on the wings, but I used hot glue to glue on the fin on the back.
That’s it! I thought they turned out pretty cute for a little quick kid’s craft!
DIY paint that puffs up in the microwave? Sounds like a surefire hit to me! I saw this idea on Mommy Labs awhile ago and filed away for a rainy day. Today just happened to be the perfect combination of rain and bored kiddos, so I whipped up a batch – quick, easy, and SUPER fun!
We started with one cup of flour and mixed in 3 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt and enough water to make it the consistency of pancake batter. We divided our mix into four parts and put them into snack size Ziploc baggies along with some food coloring. Part of the fun was squishing it all around to mix up the colors!
Rubber band the baggies like you would if you were icing a cake and snip off the teeniest little bit of the tip.
Paint away! When you’re finished, pop the painting into the microwave for 30-45 seconds and watch the paint puff up and grow – such fun! I loved that it was completely dry out of the microwave so we didn’t have to worry about any extra messes or accidents as our pile of paintings grew.
We made about ten paintings this morning, and we still have plenty of paint leftover so that Sawyer can have a chance to try it when he gets home from school too. Nothing beats cheap entertainment, especially with some fine motor skills practice and a built-in kitchen science lesson!
It’s starting to feel like spring time around here, so to welcome the warm weather, the boys made these colorful recycled can windsocks to hang up outdoors! They’re SO simple to make, and they look awesome!
HOW TO MAKE RECYCLED CAN WINDSOCKS
- Clean Recycled Can (any size will work!)
- Acrylic Paint & Paintbrushes
- Glue (we prefer Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue, Tacky Glue, or a Low-Temp Glue Gun)
- Assorted Ribbons (you could also use Yarn, Colored Paper, etc.)
- Optional embellishments like Glitter, Stickers, Gemstones, Sequins, etc. as desired
- Masking Tape or Duck Tape
Tip: line the inside rim of the cans with a layer or two of thick masking or duct tape to avoid sharp edges!
Start by painting the can in colors of your choice.
We went with a rainbow color scheme over here, but you can use any colors that you prefer!
After the paint is dry, use glue to attach colorful ribbons to the bottom rim of the can. We also added a ribbon to the top of the can for hanging.
The boys were so proud of their work and LOVED how these turned out (and I agree!)!
These recycled can windsocks would make a great addition to your yard or garden!
Children will develop their sculpture techniques and creativity by molding and decorating their own clay sand castles.
By Christina Eosco [Christina is the Arts and Crafts co-director at Sharon Country Day Camp (Sharon, Massachusetts, USA) and an ECE graduate student at Boston University.]
Children will have an opportunity to observe pictures and models of castles and reflect on the architectural characteristics that contribute to their aesthetic.
What You Need:
- Pictures and/or models of real castles and sandcastles (the decorative sand castles sold at Hallmark are ideal)
- Chart paper and markers
- Self-hardening clay
- Modeling tools, i.e. Popsicle sticks, plastic utensils, toothpicks, clay tools, etc.
- Liquid tempera and/or acrylic paint
- Containers and brushes for the paint
- Fine sand of various colors. Colored sand can be store-bought or made by shaking powdered tempera with neutral colored sand. Sparkly sand can be made by mixing sand with glitter
- Large trays to hold and spread out the sand
- Decorative items-sequins, sparkles, beads, shells, pebbles, etc.
What You Do:
- Allow at least 5 minutes for children to explore and talk about the pictures and models of sandcastles. In the large group, ask children, “What makes them interesting? Realistic? Fantastical?” Have children talk about the different parts of the castle’s architecture and design, too-i.e. turrets, towers, moats, drawbridges, flags, etc. The teacher can list children’s observations on chart paper as a resource.
- Children use the clay to sculpt or build a castle. Children can either build the castle from one larger piece of clay or create individual sections to assemble later. (The latter will also impede the castle’s being damaged/squished in step 3.) The teacher can model different sculpting techniques ahead of time or within the lesson, such as using sides of toothpicks to impress lines in the clay.
- When the sculpting is finished, roll the castle or pat the flat sides into sand.
- Children add other objects to decorate their castle. (Flags can be made with toothpicks and small pieces of construction paper.)
- Allow clay to harden overnight.
- Optional: Paint unsanded areas of the clay to add color.
Arcade -Row of arches, free-standing and supported on piers or columns.
Capital -Distinctly treated upper end of a column.
Column -Pillar (circular section).
Drawbridge -A heavy timber platform built to span a moat between a gate house and surrounding land that could be raised when required to block an entrance.
Dungeon -The jail, usually found in one of the towers.
Moat -A deep trench usually filled with water that surrounded a castle.
Moulding -Masonry decoration; long, narrow, casts strong shadows.
Rampart – Defensive stone or earth wall surrounding castle.
Turret -Small tower, round or polygonal; usually a lookout.
Wicket -Person-sized door set into the main gate door.