My Favorite Halloween Art Project

As Halloween approaches, I have been having a lot of fun engaging my students in themed activities.  Often, these include art projects that are not just adorable, but also have therapeutic benefits.  Today, I want to share my favorite Halloween art project that you may want to try with your students- puffy paint ghosts!

Gather your Materials

One of the best things about this project is that it uses materials that are readily available in most classrooms.  Check out this blog post to learn how to create the puffy paint that is the base for the activity.  In addition to the ingredients needed to make the puffy paint, you also need large pieces black construction paper, googly eyes and smaller pieces of black construction paper cut into various shapes for the ghost’s mouth.


Make the Paint

The key feature of this activity is the puffy paint mixture.  You can turn the creation of the paint into an activity itself!  Involve students in the process by scooping, pouring and mixing the ingredients.


Put It All Together

Once you have your materials gathered and your paint made, it is time to let the students get creative!  I typically use a piece of black construction paper with a large shape of a ghost drawn on it in white crayon.  Then, give the student some of the puffy mixture to paint with.  Allow students to use their hands, paintbrush or even a spoon to spread the mixture across the ghost shape.  The more paint, the puffier the ghost is.  After that, students can add eyes and mouths to complete their project.

Have Fun!

As we begin the school year working students, it is so important to build relationships, connection and engagement.  Sometimes, a messy sensory activity is the perfect way to do so!  This activity checks so many boxes for me – it is themed, works on various fine/visual motor skills, has a sensory component, is fun, engaging and adorable, too. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


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