3 Paper Plate Crafts for Halloween

We love to craft with paper plates around here.  They're cheap, we almost always have them, and they stand up pretty well to the gobs of paint that my kids like to use.  Sometimes when they're in the mood for painting, they'll just paint a paper plate. Then when we're in the mood for crafting, we have a stash of them that are already dry.  We've already made three different Halloween paper plate crafts so far this year.

All three crafts started with a painted paper plate.  My four year old likes to use a sponge because it's faster, but my 2 year old is happy with a paint brush as long as it's applying red paint.
 
Spider
The supplies we used for the spider were a hole punch, pipe cleaners, large google eyes, and white shipping labels cut into triangles to make teeth stickers.  Drew only wanted one tooth on his spider because it's a pirate spider. (Don't ask - I don't know either.)

The book: Aaaarrgghh! Spider! A spider admires a family and wants to become their pet, but her dancing ability and cleanliness fail to impress them.  When she gives up and does what spiders do best, they admire her webs so much that they make her part of the family.  She enjoys her new life so much that she invites all her friends too!  This humorous book is not specific to Halloween and could be enjoyed any time of the year.

Monster
The supplies for the monster were: lots of large google eyes, a paper punch, pipe cleaners, and some beads.
The book: If You're A Monster And You Know It   It's impossible not to have fun while reading this book. It's set to the tune "If You're Happy and You Know It" but instead of clapping your hands, you and your little monsters can do things like snort and growl.  Fun at Halloween and the rest of the year too!

Black Cat
For the cat we used construction paper ears, pipe cleaner whiskers, and a combination of white paper and color coding stickers decorated with a sharpie for the eyes.
The book: Moonlight: The Halloween Cat   This book follows a black cat on Halloween night as she winds her way through the pumpkin patch, encounters trick-or-treaters, and snuggles with a scarecrow.   A simple story with great illustrations that's perfect for preschoolers getting ready for Halloween.
Also be sure to check out our "light up" jack-o'-lantern made from paper plates!

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6 comments:

  1. Very cute!!! I love the red monster! We're doing paper plate puppets at our house today!

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  2. These are great. I'd love them to be on my halloween linky.

    I LOVE the idea of having a painted stash ready to craft with.

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  3. I love the Moonlight:Halloween Cat book. The others looks great too. Your plates are adorable. We have a stash of plates too.

    Thank you so much for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I will be sharing this post on the Read.Explore.Learn Facebook page tomorrow afternoon.

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  4. Way too cute!! I adore googly eyes!

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  5. You plate crafts turned out so cute!

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  6. I actually featured TWO of your posts on my Tuesday Tots paper plate craft round-up this week, so thanks for sharing your awesome ideas! Stop by to pick up a featured button: http://www.inlieuofpreschool.com/2012/10/Five-Halloween-Paper-Plate-Crafts-on-Tuesday-Tots.html I'm off to pin your post to the Tuesday Tots Pinterest board now! Thanks again for sharing! :)

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