Bean Ghost Craft

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Ah, the spooktacular season is upon us! It’s that magical time when the air gets crisp, the leaves turn golden, and our homes fill with enchanting decorations. But what if, this year, instead of just hanging the usual store-bought decorations, we added a sprinkle of creativity and a dash of hands-on fun? Introducing the Bean Ghost Craft! It’s where the humble navy bean transforms into a charming (and not-so-spooky) ghost, ready to haunt your Halloween decor in the cutest way possible.

At first glance, it might seem like an unusual pairing – beans and ghosts. But trust us; when these tiny beans come together on paper, the result is pure magic. So, gather your little ones, roll up those sleeves, and let’s embark on this hauntingly delightful crafting journey.

WILL YOU TRY CRAFTING A BEAN GHOST CRAFT THIS HALLOWEEN WITH YOUR CHILD? PIN IT FOR LATER!

Tips for a Boo-tiful Bean Ghost

  • Bean Bowl: Use a bowl to keep your beans in one place. It prevents them from rolling away and makes it easier for little hands to pick them up.
  • Steady Hands: If your preschooler is new to crafting, guide their hand initially as they place the beans. It’s teamwork at its best!
  • Imagination Unleashed: Let your child imagine their ghost’s personality. Is it a giggly ghost? Or a curious one? It adds depth to the activity.

Materials Needed

  • Navy beans 
  • Black beans
  • Card stock or cereal box cardboard
  • Glue
  • Bowl for the glue
  • Paintbrush

Crafting Your Bean Ghost

  1. Ghostly Outline: Start by drawing a simple ghost shape on your card stock or cereal box cardboard It doesn’t have to be perfect; a quirky ghost has more character! Draw the eyes and mouth.
  1. Bean Bonding: Pour some glue into a container. Dip the paintbrush into the glue and paint inside your ghost outline, ensuring it’s a thick layer but not too drippy. Remember to not put glue around the eyes and mouth.
  1. Bean Placement: Now, it’s bean time! Carefully place the navy beans onto the glue, covering the ghost shape. Press them down gently so they adhere well.
  1. Eyes and Mouth: Put glue on the eyes and mouth. Now use the black beans to create the eyes and mouth.
  1. Drying Time: Set your ghostly creation aside to dry. Depending on the amount of glue used, it might take a few hours.

Skills Cultivated with Each Bean

  • Fine Motor Skills: Picking up and placing the beans is excellent for refining those tiny hand muscles.
  • Creativity: From the ghost’s shape to its facial expressions, it’s all about creative choices.
  • Hand-Eye Coordination: Aiming and placing each bean correctly improves coordination.
  • Pattern Recognition: Encourage your child to create patterns with the beans, like lines or zigzags, to make the ghost even more unique.

The Bean Ghost Craft is more than just an art activity; it’s a celebration of imagination, creativity, and the joy of hands-on learning. So this Halloween, let’s create memories, one bean at a time. And who knows? Maybe, just maybe, our bean ghosts will float around and whisper tales of their crafting adventures!

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 3 years old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is medium.

Difficulty to Create 

Easy.

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Bean Ghost Craft

Materials

  • Navy beans 
  • Black beans
  • Card stock or cereal box cardboard
  • Glue
  • Bowl for the glue
  • Paintbrush

Instructions
 

  1. Start by drawing a simple ghost shape on your card stock or cereal box cardboard It doesn't have to be perfect; a quirky ghost has more character! Draw the eyes and mouth.
  2. Pour some glue into a container. Dip the paintbrush into the glue and paint inside your ghost outline, ensuring it's a thick layer but not too drippy.
  3. Carefully place the navy beans onto the glue, covering the ghost shape. Press them down gently so they adhere well.
  4. Now use the black beans to create the eyes and mouth.
  5. Set your ghostly creation aside to dry. Depending on the amount of glue used, it might take a few hours.

WILL YOU TRY CRAFTING A BEAN GHOST CRAFT THIS HALLOWEEN WITH YOUR CHILD? PIN IT FOR LATER!

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