Recycled Haunted Houses
An Activity for Preschoolers:
UGet started on Halloween crafts. An easy way to introduce collage to young ones while encouraging creativity!

Before You Begin:
You will need two medium and one large-sized STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam balls per child and pipe cleaners in the following colors: white, brown and orange. For a more festive touch you can use metallic or sparkly pipe cleaners. You will also need glue, foam sheets (or felt), wiggly eyes and small black pom-poms.

Activity Goals:
  • To help children learn about the works of famous artists
  • To participate in group cooperation (for mural painting)

    You might also want to add glitter to produce a shimmering effect. Swirling colors will result in a marbling effect, and layering colors will produce a striped-chalk effect. You can also consider using ready-made sidewalk chalk if you don't have the time to make it yourself.

  • Step 1.
    Talk with the children about chameleons and how they change color to match their surroundings. Have them guess all the different colors the chameleon will change.
    Step 2.
    Hand out construction paper to each child, instructing them to draw a place for their chameleon to live.
    Step 3.
    Next, have the children draw a chameleon on a separate piece of paper. Show them a picture, if you have not done so already, as an example. Have them cut out their chameleons (helping as needed).
    Step 4.
    Allow one child at a time to tape their paper chameleon inside the small box, spoon the three painted marbles into the box, close the lid and shake it up.
    Step 5.
    When they are finished shaking the box, the child can take out the chameleon and glue it onto the paper with the habitat they created for it.
    Step 6.
    Let the children decorate their chameleons with wiggly eyes and markers, if desired.

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