Halloween-y Crafts, Spin Cycle AND Ladies Only Blog Share

I’m so excited to be hosting not one, but TWO blog hops! Every Friday, I co-host The Spin Cycle with Gretchen from Second Blooming. I’m totally thrilled that after she wrote about her love for acting she got a guest role in Modern Family! It aired this past Wednesday, so I hope you caught it! Today I’m also a guest…as a co-host of the Ladies Only Blog Share Linky Party with several of my co-authors. We have been working together on our book, The Mother of All Meltdowns, for an exciting few months. I’m so pleased I’ve gotten to know these wonderful ladies! They are all listed down below.

This week, our theme is Halloween. At the preschool where I teach, we have been singing a lot of fun Halloween songs, reading Halloween books, and also making some easy Halloween crafts. We have 18 four year olds for only two hours every morning, so making our projects cute yet simple for little hands is important.

easy Halloween crafts

For this candy corn and M&M’s project, we talked a lot about patterns first. The triangles were pre-made; they are cardboard with black fabric glued on top. We then encouraged the kids to lay out their candy pattern on the table first. After they had their pattern ready to go, they glued their pattern onto the triangle. We also talked about how this candy is not for eating. We’re not that mean…we had candy corn and M&M’s for our snack that day!

Candy Corn Patterns

This cute little pumpkin book is a perfect activity to do after diving into a real pumpkin! We used a glue stick to glue real pumpkin seeds and orange yard “inside” our paper pumpkin.

pumkin books

The kids love to use scissors, and these spiral ghosts are perfect for developing fine motor skills! There is so much to think about when you are only four; how to hold the scissors in one hand and the paper in the other, moving the paper around while using the scissors, and making the scissors open and close. It’s a very complicated task!

Spiral Ghost

These tissue paper pumpkins were so easy to make, and yet turned out really cute! The kids used a paint brush to “paint” white glue on the pumpkin shape (made out of tagboard) and then put tissue paper squares on the glue. They crumbled up green tissue paper for the stems. You could even add a jack-o-lantern face with black paper, if you’re ambitious!

Tissue Paper Pumpkin

What have you been doing to get ready for Halloween?

Here is your SPIN CYCLE Linky! Gretchen from Second Blooming and I host Spin Cycle every week. We give you a prompt on Monday, and you are invited to write about the prompt and link up any day of the week with your “spin” on the prompt. On Fridays, Gretchen and I share our Spins. We’d love to have you join the Spin Cycle!

Second Blooming



Here is the LADIES ONLY BLOG SHARE LINK UP! This bi-weekly blog hop is hosted by:
Crystal at MommiFried
Michelle at A Dish of Daily Life
Kristen from Four Hens and a Rooster
Tamera at Tamera Camera Blog
Angela at Writer Mom’s Blog

This week, guest co-hosts include myself,
Melissa from Home on Deranged, and
Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures.

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25 Responses to Halloween-y Crafts, Spin Cycle AND Ladies Only Blog Share

  1. I love the spinning ghosts; so easy and cute. And I’m ashamed to admit it but here goes: I’m keeping the template for summer…don’t they make the cutest snails too before cutting? Just need some antennae. These are fun crafts for kids of all ages. Now I’m going to get my teen busy cuting out ghosts; it’s windy today and they’ll look amazing hanging in our trees!

  2. Thanks for co-hosting! I always look forward to the #LOBS weekends!

    My 3-year-old would be all about the spiral ghost. We’ve got to try that one! Thanks!

  3. So happy to co-host with you! And yes, I’m glad to see that candy corn and M&Ms were for snack too. Otherwise it’s so cruel! We have the Modern Family episode on DVR – can’t wait to watch!

  4. Ginny Marie, thank you for these! Our 4-year-old grandson is spending the weekend with us, and we’ve been talking about what we can do beyond baking cookies and carving a jack-o-lantern with him (if we don’t have something else planned, he won’t want to do anything besides play Lego Batman on the Wii).

  5. Bruiser is in preschool this year and he has been coming home with lots and lots of art, songs and recipes to try. They make snacks at his school weekly. It’s so fun to see him excited about school.
    If I were craftier, we would try these at home.

  6. Those are so stinking cute! I’m seriously thinking I might make some of those spiral ghosts myself and hang them on our porch!

    And thanks for the MF plug! Everybody’s support has been incredible!

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