This Skeleton Footprint Craft s a great little halloween craft for toddlers. They’ll get to make a painty footprint, which kids always love doing, and they can practice their cutting skills to make the “bones” for their feet.
Did you see the skeleton handprint craft my toddlers made the other day? We had some styrofoam pieces leftover from that craft, so I 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.
You may also like our footprint ghost craft.
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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Cute, I like those and the idea that there is some purpose to all the packaging that comes with shopping.
What great fun! I have packing peanuts I can use for this activity.
Mary Ann Avery
My daughter made black hands by tracing the hands of the girl she cares for on black construction paper and gluing that to white cardstock. Then they looked at hand x rays and glued on white Qtips to show the bones! So cute and educational too!
I love the Q-tip idea!