Halloween is fast approaching…but there is still time for some fun art activities with your students. You won’t even need to spend a lot of money, because many of the things you need are already right there at your school (or free in my store)! Below you will see some of my monster related games and also some of my haunted house related lessons–you’ll never look at milk jugs the same! These ideas are from a larger blog post I wrote for my personal blog called, “10 Halloween Art Lessons for Kids” I hope you find some fun things to engage your students next week!
“Create a Creature” Group Project
Materials: 8.5″ x 11″ paper, pencils, crayons/markers/pencils, and Handouts download FREE lesson HERE
This lesson is an adaptation from the popular Exquisite Corpse game made popular by Surrealist artists like Salvador Dali. I for one, don’t like using that name with students so I’ve always done my own version called, “Create a Creature.” I’ve made an easy handout and directions so you can use this lesson as an “I’m done” activity, with a sub, or with your entire class. There is also a writing prompt included to give students more time to practice developing their writing skills. Your kids are going to L-A-U-G-H with this project!!! It’s a great group project.
Get your FREE handouts and directions to this lesson HERE.
Monster Matching and Memory Game
Materials: colored ink and printer, copy paper, laminator, scissors, envelopes.
While we are talking about group activities like the “Create a Creature,” let me share with you these fun monster games. I love having centers in my room so I can work individually with other groups of kids on clay and harder painting projects, so I like to have games like this one available in my room. Classroom teachers could use this center for when they need to individually conference with students or to allow the kids some fun game time. For this lesson you, the teacher will print out and laminate the pieces to the game and then put all the pieces in large envelopes (all directions are included).
Both of these games are ones your students will recognize – matching and memory games. I’ve just made them fun for Halloween by making the games with monster images. You can get them HERE.
Haunted House with Milk Cartons
Materials: empty milk cartons, construction paper, scissors, glue, masking tape.
Have you ever been in the lunch room at the end of lunch to witness all the milk cartons that get thrown away (or maybe recycled)?
One year I decided that we should make little haunted houses with those empty milk cartons. Luckily I have a super cool custodian and he was kind enough to save the milk cartons for me. He even rinsed them out–what a guy!
To start this project I opened up all the tops of the milk cartons and rinsed them one more time.
Originally, I thought each kid would make a haunted house using one milk carton (like the house on the right up above), but you know how kids are–they have WAY better ideas then I ever do. They of course, wanted to build multi-level haunted houses. I had a TON of milk cartons so that was a great idea! Students started building and designing their haunted house however they wanted to. They used masking tape to hold everything together as they were designing.
Once they had their house designed then they started covering their milk cartons–er, I mean haunted houses, with paper. I didn’t require them to do this any particular way, I was more interested in letting them “solve” the problem of how to cover the house. Not all kids were successful in creating a “perfect” haunted house–but so what, it’s a haunted house! I wanted them to think for themselves and not rely on me to tell them exactly how to cover their house. I also hoped they would work together to figure out the best way…many kids did!
Some students measured the house and measured paper and glued it on. Some wrapped the house in paper…all kids solved it their own way–perfect!
Once the house was covered then students added details like windows and doors from scrap construction paper. Students were completely engaged in this project and truly enjoyed taking something they use everyday, like their milk carton, and transforming it into something completely new. That’s the beauty of art!
Haunted House with Brown Paper Bags
Materials: brown paper bags, mix of colored construction paper, scissors, glue, shredded paper, markers, crayons and pencils.
My second grade students love how easy and fun this project is. Each student got one brown paper bag and was asked to design a haunted house. I provided students with an assortment of construction paper and very little “how-to” so they would dream up their designs (just like on the milk carton haunted houses). First students designed the front of their bag and then I showed them how to flip the bag over and fold the flap so they could design the back of the house (if you don’t show them they’ll draw on the flat, which later becomes the bottom of the house). Once windows and doors were glued on and any other decorations were added then we opened the bag and filled them with shredded paper. An easy place to get shredded paper is from your front office. They often shred materials and have more shredded paper then they know what to do with. You might give them a little heads up that you’d like them to save you the next bag of shredding. Use a piece of construction paper and staple it to the top to create the roof and to seal the bag.
The kids loved the playfulness of this projects and so did I. However, the best part had to be the end when we lined up all the houses on the floor to see. I was amazed at the way the kids would sit by them and look at them. I felt like I was standing at an art gallery watching the people “experience” the art. My second graders would just come, sit down and “look” at all the work and notice all the fine details kids came up with!
Variation: If students needed trick-or-treat bags you could leave off the roof and leave out the paper shredding and add strings to the bag so they could use them on Halloween to receive their goodies.
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