Ghost Theme




Books

Gus Was A Friendly Ghost - Jane Thayer
Henry and the Ghost Train (Mini-Books) - Christopher Awdry
Miffy The Ghost - Dick Bruna
My Little Treat: Five Little Ghosts/Board Book and Toy - Nate Gabriel
The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk (Berenstain Bears) - Stan & Jan Berenstain
The Little Ghost - Randy Mell



Songs, Poems, Stories, & Fingerplays

Five Little Ghosts - Cut out 5 felt ghosts to use on a flannel board.

Five little ghosts flying through the door,
One flew away and then there were four.

Four little ghosts spooky as can be,
One flew away and then there were three.

Three little ghosts drinking Halloween brew,
One flew away and then there were two.

Two little ghosts having lots of fun,
One went home and then there was one.

One little ghost's a real superhero,
Went to help a friend and then were was zero!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

If You're a Ghost and You Know It - sung to "If You're Happy and You Know It"

If you're a ghost and you know it,
Then say "Boo!"
If you're a ghost and you know it,
Then say "Boo!"
If you're a ghost and you know it,
And you really want to show it,
If you're a ghost and you know it,
Then say "Boo!"

~June Meckel

Friendly Ghost - sung to "Frere Jacque"

I'm a friendly Ghost, I'm a friendly Ghost,
Watch me fly, watch me fly,
I can fly right through the air
See how all the people stare.
Way up high in the sky

~Submitted by Paulette



Arts & Crafts

Crayon-resist Painting

What you do is draw a jack-o-lantern shape on a piece of white or off-white paper. Then with a yellow crayon, have them (or you can) draw and color in (press hard) the eyes, nose and mouth. Then they paint over the entire thing with orange paint and after the painting, sort of wipe at it with a paper towel. the orange paint comes right off the yellow crayon and it looks like their jack-o-lantern is glowing! My daycare kids LOVED this project. Then after everything is dried we got a bit of fine-motor in by practicing with our child-safe scissors cutting our jack-o-lanterns out.

~ Submitted by Colleen at Lillypad Daycare

Cute Ghost Craft

I took a piece of cardboard (I have some scrap pieces of square cardboard) and drew a ghost on it. The kids took cotton balls and glued them onto the ghost in random spots, Then we added eyes and a mouth. We cut them out and added a string to hang them. It was really simple and turned out cute. The kids had fun with the glue and cotton balls.

~ Submitted by Shannon in Michigan

Ghostly Hands

Buy a bunch of plastic gloves (you can get them at the dollar store) with no powder on them. Pop mounds of popcorn. Have Kids fill gloves with Popcorn. Tie off the end with string or twist tie. Draw a ghost face on the palm part of the glove. They are ghosts!

~Submitted by April

Handprint Ghost

Paint hand white - fingers together- and press down on black paper. Turn upside down so fingers are pointing down (bottom of ghost). When dry add eyes and mouth to palm area.

~Submitted by Susan N.

Paper bag Ghost

Take a white lunch sack. Turn sack upside down so the opening is touching table. Glue black eyes and a circle for a mouth onto sack (near top) On the open end, glue orange streamers hanging down. Looks cool hanging from ceiling.

~Submitted by Susan N.

Adorable Ghosts

Cory did an adorable craft with the kids today. I thought maybe some of you might be interested. She took old cool whip lids and cut out a piece of fun foam (you could use just white construction paper too) to glue in the inset of the cool whip container to make the whole thing white. Then she punched holes all around the rim of the container. She took white fabric, but you can also use recycled white plastic grocery bags, and cut it into strips. then she used twist ties on each strip to make it easier for the little ones to 'thread' them thru the holes. she had them take one strip in a hole and out one, then another strip for the next two, and so on. When they were done going all the way around with strips, she cut off the twist ties and put a piece of yard thru one of the holes so they could be hung up, then she let the kids put wiggly eyes and draw a nose and mouth with a black marker. They were adorable ghosts that sort of 'fly' when you swing them around. Very, very cute to hang in a tree for halloween!

~Submitted by Nancy

Ghost Windsock

Draw thick straight lines every two inches along the short side of 12 x 18 pieces of white construction paper. The lines should end about halfway up the paper. Let the children (or you, for the younger ones) cut strips to make tatters in the ghost's sheet. Have them draw a face in the middle of the uncut paper. (Or glue features cut from black paper.) Staple the edges of the paper together to form a windsock. Punch holes at the top and run yarn through them. Hang the ghost windsocks where they will catch the wind.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Simple Cotton ball Ghosts - Very easy for kids of all ages

Materials

Cotton balls
Wiggle eyes
Glue
Masking tape
Brooch pin back or magnetic strips (optional)

Instructions: Take one cotton ball and pull and manipulate into a ghost shape. Glue wiggle eyes onto ghost's face. Put a piece of rolled up masking tape on back to temporarily stick to your shirt. (Or, glue a brooch pin back to the back side of the ghost for a permanent Ghost Pin. Magnetic strips could also be glued to the back to use as Ghost Fridge magnets.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Appearing Ghost

Adult draws ghost with white crayon on white paper. Children then paint the paper with dark color watercolors or diluted tempra paint wash. Encourage child to paint entire page. Ghost appear through paint.

~Submitted by Hope in Florida

Foot Ghost

Step on white paper. Trace around shoe. Use crayon or felt-tipped pen to make face. Cut out. Decorate room or yard with the ghost.

~Submitted by Hope in Florida

Footprint Ghosts

Need: white paint, Black paper, markers

Directions: Paint each child's foot with white paint and print it on a black sheet of construction paper. When it dries add eyes to the heel part of the foot. That will be the ghost's head.

~Submitted by Judie in FL

Tissue Ghost

Roll a facial tissue or aluminum foil into a ball and place in the center of another tissue. Attach string, twister seal or rubber band below ball to secure head. Leave ends free. Glue two small black circles on face to make eyes.

~Submitted by Hope in Florida

Tissue Ghosts

I use 2-3 tissues...I bunch the tissue in my hand (like i was going to blow up a balloon) and let the kids stuff the middle with 3 cotton balls. Then I tie it off with clear fishing line, where the neck would be...Then using a permanent marker, make eyes and nose. I get kids to make me bunches of these so I can hang them around the house for decoration...with the clear fishing line...it appears they are floating in the air on there own. Very cute!!

~Submitted by Lisa's Little Folk's HDC

Bean Ghost Pictures

Supplies:

~Black Construction Paper
~Large Lima Beans
~Glue
~Fine point Markers

Glue the beans onto the paper, and use a fine point marker to make a face on the bean. This is the ghost. If you want, you can have the child draw a scene on the paper too!

~Submitted by Paulette



Theme Ideas

Ghost Bowling - game

Buy 3 paper bowling pins (from Michael's for example) & paint them white & put some Halloween ribbon around the neck of the pins. Decorate the pins to look like a ghost. Mark the bowling area with an "X" to show the children where the pins go back each time. Tell the children to set the pins up after they knock them down. Use a large rubber ball to knock the pins down.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Ghost Pin Drop

Make ghosts out of clothes pins, square piece of cotton cloth, yarn, cotton balls and marker. Place cotton ball in the pincher of the clothes pin and cover with cloth and tie it on. Use different candy buckets for tossing into (plastic buckets shaped like jack-o-lantern, ghost, bat.)

~Submitted by Betheny



In The Kitchen

Ghost Cookies

Using peanut shaped cookies, spread with white frosting or marshmallow fluff, add chocolate chips for eyes and nose. OR Dip Nutter Butter cookies in melted white chocolate and let completely dry. Then let the kids decorate the face with frosting and chocolate chips.

Potato Ghosts & Bat Shaped Meatloaf

Hand sculpt mashed potatoes to look like ghosts and place on an oiled baking sheet. Brush with melted butter, and put in the oven to heat and brown a little. Serve potato ghosts with bat shaped meat loaf, by using a bat shaped cookie cutter to form the individual portions before baking.

Ghost Toast

Ingredients: loaf of bread, margarine, shredded coconut, raisins or chocolate chips

Each child makes ghost toast by spreading margarine to make faces on toast then sprinkling coconut on it. Put raisins or chocolate chips for eyes and mouth. Toast again slightly, if desired.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Links

Ghost Necklace - about.com
Ghastly Ghost Crafts - DLTK
Sponge-printed Ghosts - Edutaining Kids
Ghost & Halloween Crafts - Family Fun
Cook Whip Lid/Grocery Sack Ghost - Kid's Domain
Lollypop Ghosts - Kids Korner
Ghost Crafts - Enchanted Learning



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