Easy craft that your child will enjoy after the craft is done
* Pipe cleaner
* Piece of cloth or felt
* A ribbon
* Foam ball
* Glue and yarn (optional: if you decide to add "hair")
This is a quick an easy Halloween craft that was inspired by crafts offered at the historic Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead as part of the Somerset County Weekend Journey Through the Past. Children of all ages will like this craft and if your child is like mine, he or she will play with it after the craft is completed. It's also a great way to get rid of any fabric remnants you might have lying around.
Cut a piece of cloth in a large rectangle. The exact size depends on how long you want the ghost's "train" to be. Place the cloth over the foam ball and tie the ribbon in a knot around it. The ribbon will hold the fabric on the ball; you also can use some glue to keep the fabric in place. You can cut the ribbon so it won't be seen or let it trail as a decoration.
Take a pipe cleaner and twist it around the ghost's neck and then bend to make arms. Draw a face with markers (or help your child). Kids can draw or glue hair. My daughter actually drew hair and then decided to glue corn silk onto its head. Your child also can decorate the ghost's train if they want.
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Sandra K. Lee is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom with a 8-year-old princess & a 4-year-old superhero in Middlesex County, New Jersey.