Elmer’s Glue sent us a big pack Early Learner’s materials, and I invited my five-year old to help me come up with a project that other children might enjoy making. My kids created all sorts of things with the pom-poms, buttons, popsicle sticks, fuzzy pipe cleaners, and paper that came with the kit, and then we finally settled on this simple garland that’s sure to brighten any home for Halloween.
It’s easy to prep, doesn’t require any hard-to-find materials, and your child will be encouraged to think creatively as she invents jack-o-lantern faces.
Let’s get started…
- Construction Paper: Orange, Black, Green
- Crayons: Black and White
- Glue. Elmer’s sent us their new Early Learner Glue Stick and Glue Pen to try out.
- Long piece of string
- Pre-cut circles from the black and orange paper. Approximately 4″ across.
- Pre-cut stems (rectangles) from the green paper. Approximately 3″ long and 3/4″ wide
- Recycle your paper scraps
Invite your child to decorate the circular shapes with Jack o’ Lantern faces. Be sure to color both sides if you plan to hang your garland in the middle of the room.
My daughter asked me to join her, and gave me very specific instructions about how the faces should look. I’m a good student and listened carefully.
When the faces are done, fold your stems in half and glue them to the piece of string.
Be sure to leave about a foot on either end so that you can tie it off to a hook or nail. We decided to tape ours to the rafters because we’re glamorous like that.
Creative Invitations like this are a great way to encourage independent thinking and problem solving. The idea is to set up a provocation with some basic materials, and then step back and see what your child comes up with. Our friends at The Art Pantry are hosting an Invitations to Create Challenge this month, and you can find out more about it here.
For more Halloween inspiration, follow our Halloween board on Pinterest. You might also like to see one of our most popular Halloween posts: 50 Simple Halloween Activities for Kids. You can also follow Elmer’s on Pinterest for lots of gluey inspiration.
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Disclosure: Elmer’s sent us materials to create this project, but all opinions expressed in this post are our own.