Monday, October 21, 2019

Cute halloween craft ideas for home and the classroom using free printables.

Halloween has been huge in America for years and is becoming more and more popular here in Australia. My kids have been wanting to celebrate it more each year, however as a parent I often struggle with the stranger danger and horror elements of the holiday. We don't do trick or treating or turn our house into a house of horrors, but we do love doing halloween play activities and decorating the inside of the house.

How do you celebrate Halloween without exposing young kids to too much gore and horror? 

I've scoured the internet to find the cutest free halloween craft printables perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. These printables are great for decorating the house, classroom activities, cute costumes and sugar free halloween fun... and the best part is they're all free and can be downloaded in seconds. All you need for most of them is access to a printer and some paper, scissors and pens or crayons to decorate.

Free halloween puppets, garlands, colouring in sheets, activity books and more
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MAKE CUTE PUPPETS AND MORE WITH THESE FREE HALLOWEEN CHARACTER PAGE PRINTABLES


Mini character colouring in sheets are a great craft activity, starting with a blank canvas, kids can put their own personal touch and bring the characters to life with different colours and fun facial expressions. With a little imagination they can also be turned into some pretty cool props. Cut out the finished images and you can turn them into puppets, magnets, gift tags, buntings and more.

create your own monster puppets using this free halloween monster template

Dabbles and babbles has a really cute free monster colouring in page which we turned into monster puppets for story telling with the book That's Not My Monster. My daughter and I coloured in the monsters then we glued on some googly eyes and taped them to popsicle sticks to turn them into puppets. Download the monster colouring in sheet here.


Create dress up ghost puppets using this free halloween printable

One of the first halloween craft activities I ever did with my girls was to make these cute dress up ghost puppets using the template from Barley and Birch. We printed off the template, coloured in the accessories with crayons then laminated them. I stuck the ghosts to some sticks and attached the accessories using blu tack so they could still be moved around. You can also use the template to make cute ghost stickers following this tutorial. This template is normally 99c but you can use the code FMY19 to download it for free here.


Have fun creating cool designs with these free mini halloween character colouring in sheets

These cute halloween mini character colouring in pages from Picklebums include blank sheets of pumpkins, ghosts and skulls. Kids can get creative and decorate jack-o-lanterns, make casper the friendly ghost and all his friends and colour in some fabulous sugar skulls. Download the free template from Picklebums here.



FREE HALLOWEEN COLOURING IN SHEETS AND BOOKS


Colouring in pages are a great way for parents to entertain kids at home and can also be used by teachers as a classroom activity. These colouring sheets and booklets allow the kids to have some Halloween fun without getting too scary. 


Cute halloween character colouring in sheets free printable

These cute halloween colouring in pages from Gift of Curiosity come in a set of 10 pages. The drawings are nice and simple and the pack comes with a number of characters that aren't too scary.




This kawaii style halloween treats colouring in page is super cute and lets kids have some candy fun without the sugar high or the need to trick or treat. Download the free PDF from Fun For Little Ones.




This free halloween colouring in pages and cards set includes 5 adorable full sheet designs which can be used as colouring in pages and 3 designs that can be folded up and used as cards. Download the free templates from Rock Your Homeschool here.

Fun classroom dot activities using these free halloween printables
These free do a dot halloween printables from Gift of Curiosity include 27 different designs. Use colourful dot markers to practice fine motor skills and fill in the empty spaces to complete the pictures. Alternatively the sheets could be laminated and used with colourful counters, dot stickers and playdough. Find out even more activity ideas for these printables and download the free template here.


Practice numbers, writing and reading with this free halloween counting book

This printable halloween counting book has 11 pages and allows kids to practice writing, reading and counting. There are 10 different halloween related animals and objects so kids can count from 1-10 as they work through the book. This would make an excellent classroom maths activity. Download the free template from Teach Beside Me here.



Learn sight words with this cute free trick or treat easy reader book

For some colouring in fun and reading practice download this Trick or Treat Easy Reader Book from 3 Dinosaurs. Kids will love colouring in the cute illustrations and it's a great way for emergent readers to practice beginner sight words. The book is 10 pages long featuring different costume ideas for trick or treating and would make a great classroom activity.


MAKE READING FUN WITH THESE FREE HALLOWEEN BOOKMARKS


Do you read spooky books at halloween time? Even if you don't, you can give your current read a bit of Halloween cuteness by using one of these free printable halloween bookmarks. To make them last longer laminate them once they're decorated.


Design your own halloween bookmarks with these free colouring in printables

I'm loving these colouring in halloween bookmarks from Real Life At Home. Not only are they super cute, kids can also add their own touch by colouring them in. It'd make a great classroom activity too, or use them as classroom gifts for your students. Download the template from Real Life At Home here.



These free printable bookmarks are coloured in and ready to go, simply print and laminate. They'd be great for preschoolers to use in the classroom or school library.


DRESS UP WITH THESE FREE HALLOWEEN MASKS

Young kids love dress up fun and {apart from book week} Halloween is arguably one of the best excuses for a dress up party! For some quick, no fuss costume solutions, download these spooky cute Halloween masks from Mr PrintablesBlack cat, skull, spider, green monster, Jack-O-Lantern and the moth make quick and easy disguises and all you'll need is a printer, paper, scissors and some string.


DECORATE THE HOUSE OR CLASSROOM WITH THESE FREE HALLOWEEN GARLANDS


Halloween decorations aren't always spooky and scary, decorate the house or the classroom with these cute free halloween garlands. To make them last longer I recommend either printing them out on cardstock or laminating them once you're done decorating them.


This pacman halloween garland brings back all the nostalgia for me! How cute are the little ghosts?! To make this garland download the template from Mini Eco. You could make the garland up in black as shown here or leave the ghosts white, or even mix it up with bright colours for a retro feel.



This free candy corn halloween garland has loads of learning opportunities as well as being super cute. It has letters to trace to spell out halloween, kids can colour it in and use it to recognise different emotions. To create your candy corn garland and find out all the learning possibilities, download the template from Tot School Resources.




Click here for some fun Halloween Sensory Play Ideas

Click here to make super easy Halloween Toilet Paper Mummies 

For more ideas visit my Halloween Pinterest Board



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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

5 minute Toilet Paper Roll Houses

Most people automatically put their empty toilet paper rolls in the bin {recycling bin hopefully}, however if you have small children you should stop this straight away. Toilet paper rolls are one of, if not the greatest, recyclable craft item ever... and the best thing is every home has an abundant supply of them. Another big bonus of toilet paper rolls is they're free and they can be used for so many different craft projects. Our latest creation has been toilet paper houses for our peg dolls.



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HOW TO MAKE TOILET PAPER HOUSES IN LESS THAN 5 MINUTES



** Please note this craft activity is intended to be done by children over 5yrs old who have developed scissor and writing skills {under adult supervision} or by adults themselves **


WHAT YOU WILL NEED


- Toilet Rolls 
- Egg carton
- Scissors
- Pen

The beauty of this craft activity is that all items needed can be found around the house for free. It also probably takes longer to gather all the supplies than it does to actually make the toilet paper roll houses. Fast, free and easy... yes please!


HOW TO CREATE TOILET PAPER ROLL HOUSES


1. Cut the egg carton base into individual pieces
2. Trim the edges to create little cap roofs
3. Measure the door on the toilet roll
4. Draw the door frame
5. Carefully cut out the door frame
6. Draw on window frames
7. Put egg carton lid roofs on top of toilet paper rolls
8. Decorate your houses {optional}

The first step you need to do is to cut out each of the egg holders in the egg carton into individual pieces by cutting in between each row and down the centre of the carton base. Once they're separated they'll have a square edge, trim the edges off so they have rounded edges and look like little round caps. 

Next take your peg doll, fairy, elf, gnome {whatever figurine you will be using with your houses} and hold it up against the toilet paper roll to measure the height and width needed for the door frame to allow them to fit inside. Draw a frame on with pen and then carefully cut it out with scissors. This can be a bit fiddly so is easier to do using small scissors. Once it's cut out your figurine should fit easily inside the door frame.



You can add character to your houses by drawing on different window designs {maybe take a bit more care than we did}. You could also cut these out, but that will require a stanley knife as it's too tricky with scissors. To finish off your toilet paper houses add the egg carton roof on top. The roof should fit on nice and snug, but still be easy to remove. 


As you can see from our photos I kept our designs really simple and haven't properly decorated them yet. I'm planning on painting each roof a colour of our peg dolls so that we can use the houses for colour sorting as well as imaginary play. I might also make some more and decorate them as toad stools or tree stump houses with paints and pen details. For now the girls are having lots of fun using the houses with our different felt play mats and if they get a little rough and accidentally destroy them, it'll be super easy to make some more.



Do you have fun using toilet paper rolls for craft?


Toni x



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