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Paper plate spider trick or treat bags

Yeah, it’s October 1st, I’m finally allowed talk about Halloween without getting eye rolls and or verbal abuse. I took our Halloween box out of storage a few weeks ago and the kids have been enjoying Halloween books, activities and DVDs. Last week we did some Autumn and Halloween origami paper craft to ease them into Halloween crafting. This week we’ve stepped it up a notch. The craft they did today, they really enjoyed, so I figure I’d share it as it’s been a long time since I did a craft post.

Preparation

  • A Paper plate per child
  • Crayons
  • Paint brush
  • Black paint
  • Black paper
  • White paper
  • Red paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue or staples
  • Ribbon or wool or thread
  • Puncher

Instructions

Spider prep Draw on the bottom side of a paper plate in bright crayon. Paint over in black paint. Allow it to dry. While you are waiting for it to dry, cut out 8 strips of black paper for legs. Cut out eyes from white paper and a mouth from red paper. We recycled origami paper.  When the paint has dried, use the reverse of the paint brush to scrape off some paint in whatever pattern suits you, to allow some of the brightly coloured crayon underneath to show through.
Fold the paper plate in half, and cut along the centre of the smooth part of the paper plate, do not cut the outer circle of the corrugated part of the plate. Glue, tape, stick or staple along the corrugated part of the plate to seal the plate into a bag.  Stick on the legs, eyes and mouth. Punch holes to thread either ribbon, thread or wool through to make handles or a strap for the bag. Make a hat out of black paper, as per the featured image.

Voila!

My kids who participated in this craft are 6, 4 and 3. They were able to do each part by themselves and they thoroughly enjoyed it. And now they have an original trick or treat bag to collect goodies in. I know they are looking forward to that part the most!

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The featured image that shows in the preview for this article is from Picollo Magazine, published by Gakken.  On the web (Japanese only): http://hon.gakken.jp/magazine/07639

6 easy activities with Valentine’s Origami hearts for preschoolers

Reposting from last year as it has proved very popular both with my own kids and as a blog post. 🙂

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These simple origami hearts, suited to young children and Origami beginners, were a big hit with my toddler and preschooler today. You can find the instructions and a printable version on Origami Club here, a photo of the instructions is also pictured below. The instructions are in Japanese, but each step comes with a visual that is easy to follow. Four year old was able to complete this from the visual instructions with no assistance, three year old needed some help. All you need is Origami paper or symmetrical paper that holds a crease.

Instructions for Origami hearts were taken from http://www.origami-club.com/valentine/easyheart/easyheart/index.html
Instructions for Origami hearts were taken from http://www.origami-club.com/valentine/easyheart/easyheart/index.html

After making some hearts, I came up with a few games using the hearts, that incorporated numbers, letters, reading and writing practice. We used recycled origami paper from other crafts to make 30 hearts.

1. ABC Origami hearts

When you finish folding the heart the front parts open up so you can write on the inside of the heart. We wrote a letter of the alphabet on the left hand side of the inside of 26 hearts.

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2. ABC match

Next, using our large ABC foam mat, we did a physical activity with the hearts. The kids got a heart each, opened it to see what letter they had, then matched it to the letter on the ABC foam mat. Once they correctly placed a letter they took another and raced to place it. They really enjoyed this activity.

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3. Word heart match

On the right hand side of the inside of the hearts I wrote various 3 and 4 letter words. I then put out a picture card with 3 worded hearts, one of which matched the picture. The kids had to match the correct word to the picture.

4. Claiming hidden hearts

Kids love to find hidden things, right? Hide the hearts (with words if you’ve done activity 3 above) around a room and have the kids find them. For older children, have them read the words inside the heart to claim that heart.

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5. Counting hearts on hearts

This one is based on a very easy activity on toddlerapproved.com I (heart) counting with numbers one to ten. For our version I drew 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 hearts onto 6 origami hearts. Get the kids to count out the hearts and then place the right heart on the right number.

6. Heart Cards

Finally, we turned the hearts that didn’t have too much writing on them into Valentine’s cards, by writing a message on the inside.

This filled up a whole afternoon with fun and number, letter, reading and writing practice to boot! And thanks to these activities I got my first ever Valentine’s card from my four year old, written by himself, unaided and unbeknownst to me IN ENGLISH* “I love you Mammy”. (*English is his 2nd language so usually cards are in Japanese… or squiggles!)

Easy Hina Matsuri Origami Dolls

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This is a really easy origami craft that preschoolers and origami beginners can enjoy. All you need is the free A4 printables available on HappyLilac.net.  You don’t need to be able to read Japanese. The blue Dairi-sama printable can be found here. The pink Hina-sama printable can be found here.  My 4 year old was able to complete his origami dolls without assistance, using the easy to follow visual guide here on HappyLilac.net  . Again Japanese reading ability not required as the method is shown step-by-step in photos, as pictured below. Three old was also able to do most of the folding herself, she just need a little help for the last fold. They really enjoyed this easy craft and were very proud of their origami dolls!
Origami instructions for hina dolls

More easy Hina Matsuri crafts to follow during the week!

 Other Hina Matsuri Crafts

 

Hina Matsuri Paper Cup Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Hina Matsuri is the Doll’s festival celebrated annually for Girl’s Day on March the 3rd in Japan. Families display their Imperial dolls on tiered platforms or in a case from early Febru…

Source: insaitama.com/hina-matsuri-paper-cup-craft-for-toddlers-and-preschoolers/

2 minutes easy paper craft – Spiders

For the month of October I hope to do a Halloween craft a day with my kids. Today’s craft is an extension of a craft we frequently do when we read “The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle and make spider webs with paper, string and tape. Normally we draw the spiders in the web, but with Halloween approaching I want to decorate the house with various homemade Halloween crafts. These paper spiders are a great start to our decorations and a fun way to get in the spirit of Halloween. Of course this is also a good activity to do in conjunction with The Very Busy Spider. This craft is recycled from materials used for the paper ice-cream craft.

You will need

  • previously made paper ice-cream or if making from scratch; a gachapon capsule or a shallow wide cup such as the cup on a flask, or a yoghurt carton would work too. We used origami paper, but you could easily use regular paper. You will also need some tissue.
  • pipe cleaners (chenille stems), tape, a scissors and a marker.
  • an elastic band if you want to hang the spider so that it moves in the wind or bounces when pulled.

We used the paper ice-cream scoops we made the other day for the spider’s body, you can find the step to step on that post, or here’s a recap;

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The kids drew faces on them and then very simply we taped 4 pipe cleaners on each to make the 8 legs of the spider.  We cut elastic bands and taped them to the spider and hung them from the window frame. Easy, fun, no mess; my kind of craft!

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