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What’s your favorite holiday? Do you love the flowers around Easter time? The family gatherings around Thanksgiving and Christmas? What about counting down to midnight on New Year’s Eve?
One of my favorite holidays is Halloween! I love seeing my kids get excited about choosing a costume. It’s also a great chance for the adult to feel like a kid again.
Do you know what I hate though? Every time you go online this time of year, you are barraged by images of moms who make it look SO EASY.
You see that phrase a lot too. “So easy.”
“It was so easy to bake 30 loaves of pumpkin bread with icing spiders on top for all our neighbors.”
“It was so easy to get my kids to sit for this elaborate photoshoot. And they’re both looking at the camera and smiling!”
Let’s be real: these people are lying. Making everything perfect each holiday when you’re a mom is NOT always easy. It’s chaos wrapped in a pretty bow.
But, can you still make some amazing memories with your kids? Can you make it through without losing your head? Absolutely!
In this post, I’m going to share 6 secretly amazing tips for doing Halloween crafts that won’t leave you begging for death. I’ll also share some super easy craft ideas I found that you can do with your little ones.
Easy. There’s that word again. I mean it, though!
6 Secretly Amazing Tips for Doing Halloween Crafts
Guys, these crafts aren’t going to look like the lost works of Picasso. They just aren’t. They are going to look like something a child slapped together between tantrums.
The sooner we can come to that realization, the less stressed these projects will make you. I recommend setting your expectations relatively low for Halloween craft time.
- Kids are going to act like kids
- They probably won’t follow instructions
- Glitter is going to get everywhere
- In fact, avoid glitter
The less you can expect from these projects, the smoother they honestly end up going.
There is nothing worse than trying to scramble your way through a major project. I think that’s true in any aspect of life. Work, social plans, school projects…
At the end of the day, if you are not prepared, you are likely going to be stressed.
Here is my suggestion: make a list of the crafts you want to do with the kids ahead of time. Under each craft, list all the supplies you will need. Multiply that by two. Just to be on the safe side. You can always save extra for next year.
Let the kids have fun
Like I said, kids are going to be kids. So instead of being Captain Drill Sargent while they’re cutting and pasting, take a deep breath, mama.
Trust me, I get it. There is a part of you that wants a healthy ROI for your Halloween craft time. I’m right there with you.
But the sad reality is, we only get so many Halloweens with them where they are going to want to do crafts with us. Plain and simple. Let them have fun.
Let yourself have fun
Since you are letting your kids have fun, why not let go and let yourself have a little fun in the process?
I promise, it can be fun to do crafts with your kids. Just picture their smiles as they draw a face on their orange construction paper pumpkin.
Pro-tip: Do the crafts with them! This will really help you stay engaged and will help you access that childlike enthusiasm you had as a kid.
Call in some back-up
There is really no shame in admitting you can’t do it by yourself. Call over grandma to help manage the kids while you get things organized. She can entertain them while you get the craft table set up.
Have a friend who bakes? Ask her if she’d be willing to make some treats for the kids (for a fee!). In my experience, there is nothing more motivating for my kids than having something tasty to cram in their mouth!
Here are a few easy ideas:
Praise them— a lot
Doesn’t it feel good when your boss tells you that you did a great job on your latest presentation? It not only feels good, but it makes you want to do well in the future because you know your efforts will be recognized.
The same is true for kids. They thrive on praise. Praising kids has so many benefits. In the same way that flattery from a boss compels us to perform better, the same can be true for children.
If you say kind things to them about how they are behaving during craft time, they will probably be more likely to replicate that behavior the next time.
Raising Happy Kids (blog post)
Easy craft ideas
**First 3 crafts ideas from: http://www.nurturingtamra.com/fall-activities-and-crafts-for-toddlers/**
#1- Painting an autumn tree
This takes a little prep and a few supplies but kids would really enjoy it!
- Blue paint
- Brown paint
- Yellow paint
- Orange paint
- Red paint
- White paper
- Cotton balls
This will go easier if you paint the blue sky and the tree for them ahead of time. Have older kids? Skip the prep, and let them do it themselves!
#2- Caramel apple friends
This is a super cute idea that you can even turn into a story. Make the apple friends and have your kids name them and come up with a story about them! Be creative and remember: Have fun!
- Popsicle sticks
- Green paper
- Red paper
- Brown paper
- Googly eyes
- Black marker
- Gold glitter
It is probably easier to cut out the green, red, and brown shapes ahead of time. Slightly older kids can do this step themselves. Just trace the shapes before hand!
#3- Make your own scarecrow
Like we said with the apple friend craft above, have your kids get really engaged with this one by naming the scarecrow and coming up with a story with your scarecrow characters! The more elaborate the better.
- Small paper plates
- Brown paper
- Yellow paper
- Black paper
- White paper
- Orange paper
Prep involved: This one involves a lot of shapes, and I think it would go more smoothly to just cut out the shapes ahead of time.
#4- Decorate Halloween cookies
Here is a really tasty sounding idea for Halloween cookies your kiddos can help decorate- and will love to eat!
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Which one of these tips for Halloween crafts are you going to try? Which of the stress relief strategies is one you really need to work on? Let me know in the comments below!
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