This skeleton footprint craft is a fun and easy halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers. All you need are styrofoam produce trays, paint and glue.
Who’s up for another adorable Halloween footprint craft? We’ve been making some handprint crafts for halloween, and we had some styrofoam leftover from our skeleton handprints yesterday, so we thought we’d make skeleton footprints with them today.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the ‘bones” were simply pieces of a painted styrofoam meat tray that I cut into narrow strips, and the hooligans further chopped into small pieces.
We changed things up a little bit with our skeleton feet, but for the most part the process is the same as it was in yesterday’s post.
To make this Halloween footprint craft, you’ll need:
- white paint
- black styrofoam meat tray (sterilized in dishwasher)
- strips of painted styrofoam (see yesterday’s skeleton craft for details)
- bowl of warm, soapy water/towel (optional, but makes for easy clean-up)
To make the hooligans’ footprints, I sat each child on a low stool and painted their foot with black paint.
This is of course a wonderful sensory experience, and each child was happy to share how the paint felt on the sole of their foot: “It’s slippery”, “it’s cold”, “it’s soft”, and “it’s ‘wery wery’ wet” were a few of the descriptive phrases we heard.
Then I helped each child to carefully step down onto the styrofoam tray, and I gently pressed each toe down so we’d have a solid impression of the foot.
Adding the “bones”
A quick blast with the hairdryer had the painted footprints dry in a matter of seconds, and the girls proceeded to glue the “bones” to their skeleton feet.
And at the end of the day, this is what each hooligan took home with them!
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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. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.