This simple nature craft for kids is a brilliant way to turn autumn leaves into spooky bats and ghosts for Halloween fun.
A Year of Nature Crafts and Play Book
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It’s from the new book A Year of Nature Craft and Play by Becky Goddard-Hill and Catherine Hughes. The book is packed with 52 budget-friendly crafts, art activities, games, science experiments and gardening projects, all designed to help kids explore and engage with the natural world. It’s a lovely gift for a nature-loving child and a handy source of inspiration for your next nature adventure.
As part of the blogging book tour to launch A Year of Nature Craft and Play, we’re sharing one of the fab activities from the book here on Rainy Day Mum.
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Leaf Bats & Ghosts
These spooky bats and ghosts are super easy for kids to make, and they’re also an eco-friendly alternative to shop-bought Halloween decorations.
Top Tip for this Leaf Craft for Halloween
You might like to use Mod Podge™ to preserve your leaves before you start, this will make them last longer.
Check out these nature activities for autumn for even more inspiration.
Leaf Bat Craft for Kids
Materials for Making your Leaf Bat Halloween Decoration
- Two similar-shaped leaves – ones with jagged edges work well
- A clothes peg
- Black paint
- White marker pen or googly eyes (optional)
How to Make this Halloween Bat Craft
- If you need to, use scissors to shape your leaves into wings.
- Paint your peg and your leaves on one side, then leave to dry.
- Paint the other side of the peg and leaves, then leave to dry.
- Use your peg ‘body’ to fasten your leaves together, and add eyes at the top.
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Ghost Craft for Kids
Materials for Making your Leaf Ghost
- A leaf
- White acrylic paint
- Black marker pen or googly eyes
- Sticky tape
How to Make your Ghost Leaf Craft with Kids
- Turn your leaf over and fold the top edges inwards to make a triangle shape. Stick the folded bits down with sticky tape.
- Paint the front of your leaf, then let it dry. You might need a second coat of paint.
- Draw or stick eyes on your painted leaf, then draw a mouth.
You can hang your decorations up with string, glue magnets on the back and stick them on the fridge, or simply use them to make your Halloween treat bowl extra-spooky!
A Year of Nature Craft and Play Book Tour
There are lots of other lovely bloggers taking part in the Nature Craft and Play Book Tour – you can check them out here:
- September 30th 2021 - Penny Reads
- October 1st 2021 - Emma and 3
- October 2nd 2021 - What the Red Head Said
- October 3rd 2021 - Mummy mummy mum
- October 4th 2021 What Katy Said
- October 5th 2021 - Monkey and Mouse
- October 6th 2021 - We Made this Life
- October 7th 2021 - Thrifty mum
- October 8th 2021 - Here on Rainy Day Mum
- October 9th 2021 - We're Going on an Adventure
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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.