Sunday, October 2, 2011

Halloween Kids Craft: Flying Owls

Halloween Kids Craft: Flying Owls by Sarah McCord from MI!
Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 18 Months and Up with Adult Participation and Supervision  

Sarah posted a picture of her Halloween Owls Kids Craft on the GummyLump Facebook page and we loved it so much we asked her if we could share it with everyone! Happily, she said yes!



Supplies Needed:
  • 2 Paper Plates for Each Owl
  • Orange paint
  • 2 Googly Eyes for Each Owl
  • Construction Paper or Scrapbook Paper
  • Glue
  • Craft Foam
  • Masking Tape
  • Scissors (CAUTION: used only by adult in this project)
Time Needed:  
  • 30 Minutes plus paint and project drying time
What To Do:
  • In Sarah's version below the adult does all of the cutting. However, if you are working with an older child (3 years and up) you can use construction paper and child-safe scissors for this project and let the child do it all by himself!
Here are Sarah's Instructions:  
  1. Have each child paint 2 paper plates
  2. ADULT ONLY: After drying cut one plate in half using a pair of scrapbooking scissors to give the edges some sort of scalloped look
  3. ADULT ONLY:Cut 2 large circles from patterned scrapbooking paper
  4. ADULT ONLY:Cut 2 medium circles from white or off white paper
  5. ADULT ONLY:Cut 2 small circles from black or brown craft foam
  6. ADULT ONLY:Layer and glue these for the eyes
  7. ADULT ONLY:Cut a large triangle nose from a coordinating color to the scrapbook paper
  8. ADULT ONLY:Cut 2 small triangles from a 2nd coordinating color
  9. ADULT ONLY:Cut 2 owl feet from either coordinating color
  10. Use masking tape for assembly of the wings - gives a better hold than glue 
Sarah got the original idea from a Woman's World magazine, but they used colored paper plates. She loved letting the kids paint the plates themselves! She made these owls with her daycare kids ages 18 months - 3 years old. 

Don't Forget to Take a photo of your finished project and share it with us on the GummyLump Facebook Fan Page!

Why We Love Crafts for Kids: Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs:  Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.
If your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.

Kids Art Supplies  

Construction Paper 

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

Paper plates are an excellent resource for crafting with young children, so many activities and crafts can be made using these as a basis. Love your post.

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