Kids love making holiday decorations. Here are a few to try with your kids today. Most are very simple and kid friendly. All are quick and easy.
Paint a pumpkin
Instead of carving a pumpkin, paint one. Use acrylic paint or paint pens. Cover the table and the kids to protect them from paint. Turn them loose. They can paint a face, a picture, or go Jackson Pollock. It’s fun and kids love it.
Carve a foam pumpkin
This is more of a grown up project. The child gets to pick out the picture they want carved onto the pumpkin. The great thing about foam pumpkins is they last for years. Do not put a real candle inside a foam pumpkin. We display ours inside. Once they come out, we watch TV by pumpkin glow.
Roast Pumpkin Seeds
If you do carve a real pumpkin save the seeds. Kids can separate the seeds from the gooey inside. Then wash them off. Help the kids spread the seeds onto a rimmed cookie sheet. Spray with olive oil. Cook at 325* for 25 mins. Stir halfway through cooking time. Cool and enjoy. My kids love to roast pumpkin seeds.
Create a ghost tree.
This is super simple. Kids can help with this project. All you need is small Styrofoam balls, about 2 inches in diameter, a ball of string, and 10 inch squares of white fabric. Place the ball on the center of the fabric. Wrap the fabric around the ball. Wrap the string around the fabric, under the ball, and tie a knot. Secure the other end of the string to a small tree limb. A leafless tree is best. Make several of these little guys and you have a ghost tree.
Kids can do this on there own. All you need is a tall, life size freestanding doll or Barbie. Take an old pillowcase, draw on black circles for the eyes. Place the pillowcase over the doll. Finished. It makes for a cute ghost door greeter. It looks like Charlie Brown!
These are just a few easy and simple DIY projects that you can start today with your kids. Pick one or two and spend some quality, crafting time with your kids this weekend.