Three Preschool Halloween Crafts You Can Make Using a Paper Plate

As a preschool teacher I used a lot of paper plates in my craft projects and Halloween was no exception. Paper plates make an excellent Halloween preschool craft medium because they are sturdy, easy to cut, paint and glue. They are also very inexpensive to buy. If you’re a preschool teacher who has a stack of paper plates and is wondering what types of Halloween crafts you can make with them help is on the way. Here are three easy preschool Halloween crafts you can make using paper plate and a few common craft supplies.

Paper Plate Mummy

This paper plate craft is so easy even the youngest preschoolers will have no trouble making their own paper plate mummy.

Materials Needed:

  • White paper plates
  • White crepe paper streamer
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black construction paper
  • Large quarter size wiggle eyes

Directions:

  1. Cut several strips of white crepe paper streamer.
  2. Glue the white streamers across the front of the paper plate.
  3. Continue until the entire plate is covered with strips of paper.
  4. Cut a 2″ by 4″ rectangle from the black construction paper.
  5. Glue the black rectangle on the upper part of the plate.
  6. Glue two wiggle eyes side by side on the black construction paper rectangle.
  7. Cut a mouth shape out of black construction paper and glue just below the eyes.
  8. Display your finished Halloween paper plate mummy craft.

Paper Plate Spider

These paper plate spiders are easy to make and look great hanging from a ceiling, sitting on a table or on a bulletin board.

Materials Needed:

  • White paper plates
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • White construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Black paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Hole punch
  • Plastic table covering

Directions:

  1. Punch two sets of four holes on opposite sides from each other on the paper plate.
  2. Cover your work space with a plastic table covering, this activity can get a bit messy.
  3. Paint both sides of the paper plate and allow to dry.
  4. While the paint is drying cut out two quarter size circles from the white construction paper.
  5. Use the black marker to draw to eyeballs on the white circles.
  6. Glue the eyes next to each other on the top of the painted paper plate.
  7. Bend eight pipe cleaners in half and insert one into each hole on the paper plate. Twist the ends of each pipe cleaner to fasten it securely to the plate.
  8. Display.

Variations:

  • You can use black construction paper strips that have been folded accordion style in place of the black pipe cleaners.
  • To make a fun display punch a hole on top of the spider and hang using a white piece of yarn.

Paper Plate Flying Ghost

Preschoolers will love making these scary paper plate ghosts. To boost creativity encourage them to use construction paper scraps to add accessories and additional facial features to their ghosts.

Materials Needed:

  • White paper plates
  • White construction paper
  • Black construction paper
  • White crepe paper streamer
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • White yarn
  • Construction paper scraps (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut several strips of white crepe paper and glue to the bottom of the paper plate.
  2. Have each child trace their hand twice on white construction paper twice. Don’t worry if your preschoolers aren’t able to trace their hands very well, it jus adds to the originality of their paper plate ghosts.
  3. Next cut out each hand out and glue to either side of the paper plate.
  4. Trace eyes and a mouth on black construction paper, cut out and glue to the front of the white paper plate.
  5. Punch a hole for hanging on the top of the paper plate and tie a white piece of yarn on to hang the ghost with.
  6. Use construction paper scraps to personalize the ghost with hair, jewelry, eyebrows, eyelashes, pink cheeks etc.

Tip:

Use clear fishing line in place of the white yarn to make the paper plate ghosts look like look like they are floating in the air.

Sources:

Personal and professional experience