Sunday, August 5, 2012

Three Ghost Friends: Halloween Paint-in-a-Jar

Recreate the Three Ghost Friends: Learn About the ABCs - Halloween Edition book cover with recycled food containers, paint, and Sharpie markers.
Materials Needed: 3 recycled food containers (I used peanut butter containers), craft paint (orange, white, and green), and a black Sharpie marker. 
I gave each one of my children a food container.  Then, they agreed on the character -- jack o' lantern, ghost, and Frankenstein -- they were going to recreate.
My two year old son, the inspiration for the Three Ghost Friends series, chose to make the ghost.
This craft is so easy. Squirt the paint into the jar, tighten the lid, and let your kids shake it up. 
Initially, we didn't add enough paint, so we opened the lid and added more until there was enough to completely cover the inside of the container.
My 7 year old daughter with her painted Frankenstein jar.
After painting the inside of the jar we used a Sharpie maker to add faces to the outside. My son needed help making a jack o'lantern face so I made dots for him to trace.
He connected the dots and then colored in the face.
My daughter enjoyed making the hair and the bolts on Frankenstein. 
It is best that you remove the lids and allow the paint to dry on the inside.  We set our jars out in the sun for an afternoon and they dried pretty quickly. I wish I could have found a white lid for my ghost, but overall this project turned out really well! 

This activity was designed to accompany Three Ghost Friends: Learn About the ABCs - Halloween Edition, an eBook available at the Apple iBookstore using the iBooks App.

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