Decorating for Halloween is fun for kids and making your own decorations is way more fun than buying (unless what you are trying to make is too complicated which is no fun at all). Paper-chains are easy to make and a fun way to decorate. Last year I shared this one. If that was too scary for you here is one that is not scary at all! I got the idea when we drove by a pumpkin patch the other day. A pumpkin is pretty grand on its own but when you get a hundred or more all together, impressive!
If you happen to have some orange and green construction paper and would like to create an impressive pumpkin patch of your very own here’s how…
- Start by cutting orange strips 9 inches X 1.5 inches (one 9 X 12 sheet will give you 8 strips)
- Next cut green strips 6 inches X 1 inch (cut a 9 X 12 sheet in half, stack, then cut 1 inch strips)
- Then stack 2 greens on top of 1 orange and flip the orange around and sandwich the greens
- Carefully hold stack and twist the loop out of the way so that you can staple it together
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 (by adding 1 green and 1 orange) until you have your desired length
Now you are ready to start loading up your living room with pumpkin chains. On second thought this could be scary too!
If you are looking for a book to go along with this activity how about the simple, classic APPLES AND PUMPKINS by Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell about a family that takes a trip to Comstock Farm to pick apples and a pumpkin.
Happy reading and decorating and if you want to make some apples too check out this post!