My dd teacher asked me if I could come up with some halloween crafts the kid's could do on Fridays in October.
The first craft we did last Friday was Felt halloween Chair Covers.
What you will need:
Felt (Orange, Black, and White)
Here's what you do:
At least a week before:
1.) Measure chairs...add 1 inch to width and add 1 inch to heighth to get size of felt you will need.
2.) Buy felt (I bought 4 1/2 yards and it made 25 chair covers)
3.) Buy "accent felt" I bought 1 1/2 yards each of black and white(I think I could have gotten away with 1 yard for 25 kids)
4.) Draw some simple designs for the chair covers to give children some ideas(if you are dealing with older than 1st grade you can probably skip over this step) I included my designs(please disregard my drawing skills :) )
5.) Buy at least 3 bottles of Fabric Glue
6.) Make sure teacher has scissors for all the children.
7.) Sew Chair Covers(use a 1/4 inch seam allowance to make sure they will fit over chairbacks. (I suggest making one prototype and taking it into school to make sure it fits before sewing all of them.) - If you don't know how to sew or just do not want to take the time you could just fold the felt over the top of the chair and punch holes in each side and thread ribbon through and tie together to hold the cover on the chair.
8.) Cut "accent color" squares of felt for each child.
9.) Make copies of your designs for each child(or you could make one posterboard and place it in the front of the classroom.
9.) Package 1 chair cover, 2 pieces of felt(white and black), and a design sheet in a bag or ziploc for each child so you can pass the items out quickly.
Once your in the classroom:
10.) Explain to each child what they are making. Place your prototype on a chair so they can visualize.
11.) Pass out your bags of supplies and scissors to each child.
12.) When ready to glue have them raise their hand and glue for them. You put the glue on the back of their pieces and let them place them on their chair cover. Make sure the chair cover is facing the right way before gluing down.
13.) Place a sticker or safety pin a sheet of paper with the child's name on the chair cover and place somewhere in the classroom to dry.
14.) Clean Up and Take a Deep Breath you will probably need it :)
I hope you enjoy this idea. Check back next week for our next classroom craft idea.