When I’m between projects or want to vary my writing, I sometimes make and write crafts for kids. Over the years, I had more than 50 crafts published, or accepted for publication at various magazines including Highlights for Children, Pack-O-Fun, FamilyFun and Clubhouse Jr.
To be successful, crafts must be simple with clear, step-by step instructions. They also need a hook- something fresh and different to make them stand out from the rest. Most of the crafts I’ve sold have had some purpose beyond their cuteness. Many have doubled as games or holiday decorations. Most take some seemingly ordinary items like bottle caps or old margarine lids and repurpose them in a fresh, fun way.
I like making and writing crafts for many reasons. As a former teacher, I find they’re a valuable and fun way to teach kids how to follow step-by step directions. The written directions can also be used as models to teach kids how to write their own instructions. Now I also do them for each book I write – just for fun and give my readers different ideas for activities to do after reading my books.
Today, in celebration of Halloween and writing and creativity, I’d like to share an easy craft you can make with your kids using plastic ring tabs.
Spooky Halloween Rings
What you Need:
- plastic ring tabs (from juice or milk cartons)
- felt scraps: orange, black, white, green
- black embroidery thread
- white tacky glue
How to Make It:
- Trace and cut out simple Halloween shapes such as a cat, pumpkin, or ghost from black, orange, or white felt. Glue these on to the round part of the plastic ring tab.
- For the pumpkin, cut eyes and toothy grin from black felt and a stem from green felt. Glue on.
- For the ghost, glue on two eyes and an oval mouth cut from black felt scraps.
- For the cat, cut and glue two green felt eyes. Snip four two-inch strands of embroidery thread , tying them together with a central knot. Snip the ends till the are perfect whisker length and glue in place.
- Once dry, slip the rings on your fingers and say “Boo!” or “Trick-or-Treat!” or “Meow!”.
NOTE: I first shared this craft in October of 2012 – when my blog was still brand new! For other crafts, check the tag “crafts”.