These Paint Print Ghosts combine painting and print-making into a fun and adorable ghost craft for toddlers and preschoolers.
We’ve been making loads of Halloween crafts here in the daycare these past few weeks and the kids are really enjoying making ghosts.
Today’s painted ghost craft actually started out as a pre-writing activity.
We weren’t really planning on making them at all. We were actually doing a Ghost-Writing activity that I’d seen the kids doing over at Teach Preschool. The hooligans thoroughly enjoyed it, and as they worked away, it kind of morphed into a number of different activities.
They went from “writing” in the paint tray to painting on black construction paper with the Q-tips that they were writing with.
Miss Mess particularly enjoyed this, and stuck with it much longer than the boys did. They were eager to get back to their playing, as this was our second craft of the morning (our first was these Tissue Paper Mummies).
Miss Mess, however, worked away with her Q-tip painting until she was satisfied with her work.
When she finished, I thought it would be fun to use the remaining white paint to make prints with, so I called the boys back over.
(Forgive my blurry pics today, I’m playing with the settings on my new DSLR camera, and clearly, I am in need of some photography classes!)
I handed out more black construction paper, and the kids pressed the paper into their paint trays, and lifted it up to reveal a print, and
The prints looked like they would make some fine, little ghosts!
We let the paint dry, and we glued on some button eyes.
Aren’t they adorable?!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
These are great! think we’ll be trying those next year
Those are sweet! I love unplanned ideas!!
Thanks, Annie! I agree. Sometimes those are the best ideas of all!
Those are really cute! An upside down footprint also makes a really good ghost & is a nice keepsake. 🙂
Thanks, Kai! I’ve seen the foot print ghosts. They’re really sweet too. I love footprint crafts!
Valerie @ Glittering Muffins
Cute and simple, love it!
Thanks, Val! That’s the way we like it! 🙂
Vicky from Mess For Less
I love how this project is so frugal and can be made using items you have at home. The ghosts came out so cute! Just pinned to my Halloween board.