We hung up the few Halloween decorations we have last weekend. And once they were all up, my kids started clamoring to make more.
So I pulled out my trusty phone, googled Halloween crafts, immediately discarded any craft that included items that I didn't have in our small craft box and landed on this from a blog called No Wooden Spoons.
All you need is a paper plate, some markers or crayons, a hole punch, a little yarn and a plastic toy spider (or, in my case, some black construction paper that you can turn into a spider). This very easy craft engaged both my four-year-old and eight-year-old.
Here's what you do:
Cut out a large circle out of the center of the plate. I used a large oatmeal can to trace.
Let your kids decorate the plate with the hole in the center as they wish. My older daughter decorated hers like a tree. My younger one ended up with a more abstract design.
Punch about 12 holes around the circle.
Tape or tie a piece of yarn onto the back of the plate and have your child thread the yarn through the holes in a criss cross pattern. Once they are done, tape the end of the yarn to the back of the plate.
You can glue on the plastic spider. Because I didn't have any of those on hand, I just cut out a small oval and eight small legs, which my kids glued together and then weaved into the web.