Who says that ghosts need to be spooky? These friendly ghost crafts are easy to make and totally adorable. They would make a fun Halloween decoration for any space or could even lead to imaginative play as the ghost tell their stories and interact with each other. These Halloween ghost crafts for kids can each be given their own personality. Just change up the accessories and make it your own! I can’t wait to see what you come up with…
Did you know that every single project at inthebagkidscrafts.com starts with the same master list of basic craft supplies? It is a list of 29 basic items, all inexpensive and many of which you already have in your home (even if you are not particularly crafty). And they all fit into one bag. (What a weird thing to do…why would she do such a thing?) We do this to make crafting with your kids stress-free and something that can become a regular fun habit rather than another chore on the never ending to-do list. Crafting can be a great way to connect with your kids, help them obtain needed skills for school (and life) and simply have fun without screens involved! Once your bag is filled you are ready to go. Less mess, less stress, more time making memories together 🙂 You can find the complete list, along with Amazon links if you prefer on our “Fill Your Bag” page.
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 4 Large popsicle sticks
- Elmer’s glue
- White paint
- Medium pompom
- White yarn
- Scotch tape
- 2 Googly eyes
- Scrap of black construction paper
- Optional: Other scraps of construction paper to add details
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Step 1: Glue
- Place 3 large popsicle sticks side by side, with the middle popsicle stick just slightly higher than the others.
- Now place Elmer’s glue on the fourth large popsicle stick, a single line all the way down the middle
- Last, put the stick with glue on it at an angle across the other 3 popsicle sticks. Set this aside and give the glue time to dry. If you would like, skip to step 4 and prep your decorative parts of these adorable ghost crafts while you are waiting. Or just go to the kitchen and get a snack 🙂
- **You may want to complete this step several times so that you can make all kind of Halloween ghost decorations!
Step 2: Paint
- Once the glue has dried, place the popsicle sticks onto the newspaper (no need to make a mess) and squeeze out a little white paint.
- Pinch the pompom with your clothespin to form a “paint brush”.
- Finally, paint your ghost craft on one side. Once that side has dried, turn it over and paint the other side too.
- Now let the paint dry before moving on to step 3. This shouldn’t take too long if you haven’t gone crazy with the amount of paint that you use.
Step 3: Wrap It Up
- Tape the end of your white yarn to the back of your friendly ghost craft, toward the bottom.
- Now wrap the yarn around and around the ghost form until it is covered to your liking. You can make your ghost as fluffy or flat as you would like. Leave the top and bottom (about 1/2 inch or so) of the popsicle sticks uncovered.
- When you have as much yarn wrapped around your ghostly arts and crafts, snip the yarn, tie it off in the back and cut away the excess or tuck it under the wrapped yarn.
Many children struggle with motor coordination, particularly when it involves working the two sides of the body together (bilateral coordination). And studies have shown that there are direct links between this skill and academic performance. You can find out more about that from our friends at OT Mom Learning Activities. This part of the ghost craft where we are wrapping the yarn is a tremendous way to practice bilateral coordination, as well as hand eye coordination. This simple little craft is packed full of practicing all sorts of skills, and your child will not even know that they are doing it! To them, this is just a bit of fun, but really it is so much more!
Step 4: Add the Details
- From your scraps of construction paper, cut an oval out of black paper for your Halloween ghost’s mouth.
- Then cut whatever other accents you would like for your friendly ghost crafts. You will see that I added rosy cheeks to one, a bow tie to another and a third is holding a pumpkin for the holiday. Give yours a unique personality, just like you!
- Finally, glue it all into place. Add the mouth and eyes to your non-spooky ghost craft. And then give it more detail as desired.