We love creative Halloween activities for kids! This one includes a free printable craft that goes along with one of our favorite Halloween books!
Check out our spin on one of our favorite fall books: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anythingand then be sure to scroll down to see some of the other great ideas for reading and playing with your little one!
What You’ll Need:
What to do:
First, read the adorable book! It’s always been one of my favorites and kids love it when I teach them how to follow along and do each of the motions that are repeated throughout the story:
Shoes: Stomp your feet
Pants: Wiggle your whole body
Shirt: Shake your arms
Hat: Nod your head
Gloves: Clap your hands
After you’ve read the book and the kids have learned all of the motions, give each child a copy of the printable craft. Have them color the clothing like the illustrations in the book.
Then, have the kids cut on the thick black lines so that each of the pieces of clothing is on its own strip of paper. Read through the pages of the book where each piece of clothing is introduced, see if the kids can remember the movements above, and glue the right piece of clothing onto the right part of the scarecrow as you read.
Cut out white felt gloves to add to the scarecrows so they look like the one in the book! Glue on some small pieces of raffia to look like hay peeking out of the scarecrow’s collar and sleeves!
How to change it up:
-Highlight the thick black lines with a different color so kids are clear on where they should cut.
-For toddlers and kids who aren’t able to cut yet, cut the pieces out for them and have them dress up their scarecrow by gluing the clothing in the right places on the body.
-Use the craft to help kids remember the different parts and motions from the book.
-Get a little more practice with scissors with these tips and activities!
-Check out our winter printable craft for kids for more seasonal cutting practice!
For virtual sessions:
Read the book and have kids follow along with each of the movements. Send the printable along to the parent/caregiver ahead of time and provide step-by-step demonstration on screen to move through the different steps of the craft.
Skill areas addressed:
Pleasantest Thing- Goodnight Goon- Halloween Slime
The Jenny Evolution- Go Away Big Green Monster- Paper Monster
Kitchen Counter Chronicles- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown- Great Pumpkin Bowling Game
Teach Beside Me- Inside a House That is Haunted- Haunted House Craft
One Time Through- Magic School Bus: Haunted Museum- Spooky Sound Experiments
Wise Owl Factory- Bunnicula and others- Halloween Book Fun Learning Round Up
Planet Smarty Pants- The Picky Little Witch- Halloween Cupcakes
Study at Home Mama- 10 Halloween Books and 50 Activities
Don’t forget to check out the Halloween Read and Play Pinterest Board which features ALL these great activities!