Last week, I talked about how I was afraid I might be killing the creativity of my kids by always providing a craft idea for them.
This week, Monkey wanted to share her craft creation with you. If you make a similar craft with your kids, I encourage you to allow them to make their own designs! They don’t have to do exactly what Monkey did.
Pumpkin and Bat Craft for Kids
This is how Monkey made her pumpkin and bat craft:
- Cardstock paper
- Glitter glue
Draw the chosen design onto cardstock paper. Monkey chose to make a pumpkin and bat. Cut out the design with scissors.
Add detail lines with pencil. Monkey drew lines where she wanted to put glitter glue later.
Outline the lines with glitter glue. Monkey used a combination of red and blue glue to create the outline and faces for her bat and pumpkin.
Allow the glue to dry. Tape on a stem if you are making a pumpkin, or add a hanger made from yarn or string.
Display the colorful crafts with pride! We put our pumpkin and bat craft in our hallway because our refrigerator was already full.
My favorite thing about this project is that Monkey was not only occupied all on her own, but she was able to be truly creative. I gave her no instructions at all. She came up with all colors, design, and execution on her own. If you are doing this with children younger than five, their results will probably look a lot like Bo’s, which was some pencil marks on a piece of paper covered by glitter glue. She also added a single piece of tape to the center of her creation, covering up the glitter glue.
This craft project was a lesson for me more than anything. Sometimes the best thing for me is to let my kids create without any help from mom! I think from now on we’ll do a mix between creative craft time and structured craft ideas.
If you do make anything inspired by Monkey’s designs, share them with us on our Facebook page! Monkey would be delighted to see other kids inspired by her projects.
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