Looking for a fun, nature inspired Halloween craft for preschoolers and toddlers? Try Spooky eyes!
This Halloween craft encourages you to get outside, flex your creativity, and learn a little science in the process!
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How To Do Spooky Eyes Halloween Craft:
- Paint brushes
- Regular paint
- Glow in the dark paint
Step 1: Collect rocks
Get outside for a nature walk and collect some eyeball (ish) shaped rocks.
You can also use other nature items of various shapes that would be easy to paint.
Step 2: Paint your base
Bring your rocks inside, wash them off and let them dry. Then using regular paint, paint your base coat of white. Let it dry. Then paint a couple layers of glow in dark paint over it, let dry again.
NOTE: You can skip the base cot of regular paint and just use the glow in dark paint as a base, it may just take more layers.
Step 3: Paint your eye
Once your rocks have dried from the previous step, use regular paint to paint your eyeball design.
Break the design into easy steps for toddlers/preschoolers just learning to draw shapes. For instance, I taught my daughter to start with a circle, then draw squiggly lines coming out.
You can use glow in the dark paint again for the pupil.
Step 4: Bring into a dark room!
Once your spooky eyes are dry, bring them into a dark room to watch the magic happen!
This is a great chance to answer inquisitive toddlers and preschool questions about why some paint glows and others don’t.
Phosphorescence is a type of photoluminescence which can absorb energy from a light source, causing the electrons to spin and store the energy for a longer period of time creating a “glow in the dark” effect as it release the store energy.
This Halloween craft is a ton of fun for preschoolers and toddlers. It works concentration and early writing skills while providing a whimsical touch to a science lesson.
All in all, these were a huge hit with my kids and they love using the eyes as “night lights”.