The jack-o-lantern is a symbol that many kids associate with Halloween. Decorate your home with a variety of handmade, easy-to-make, kid-friendly jack-o-lanterns. The use of paper in the jack-o-lanterns provides a material that your toddler can easily manipulate. Your little one will enjoy adding her own touch to your holiday décor.
Make a jack-o-lantern from a piece of orange construction paper. Turn the paper lengthwise so the long edge is along the top and bottom. Decorate the center of the paper with a jack-o-lantern face. Fold the paper in half lengthwise so it is long and narrow. Cut strips along the folded edge 1 inch wide and 4 inches long. Open the fold. Glue the two short ends together to form a cylinder. Glue a handle to the top of the paper jack-o-lantern. Press the top and bottom together. This movement will cause the strips to separate and form a "lantern" with a face.
Milk Jug Glowing Jack-o-Lantern
Make a glowing jack-o-lantern from a plastic milk jug. Cut a 4-by-4-inch opening under the handle. Ask your toddler to cut two eyes, nose and a mouth from black construction paper. Allow your toddler to glue the facial features on the front of the plastic milk jug. Help your child tie a green ribbon to the opening of the milk jug. Make the jack-o-lantern glow with a battery-operated tea light candle.
Coffee Filter Jack-o-Lantern
Fill a cup half full with water. Add a drop of red and three drops of yellow food coloring in the water. Ask your toddler to dip the coffee filter in the colored water then take it out. When dry, instruct your toddler to draw a jack-o-lantern face on the coffee filter with washable markers. Ask your toddler to cut a rectangle from a piece of brown construction paper. Glue the stem to the top center of the completed jack-o-lantern face.
Make a flat jack-o-lantern from a paper plate. Paint both sides of the paper plate with orange tempera or acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry before flipping. Decorate the face with paint or glue on black construction paper cut-outs. Add a stem. Punch a hole in the stem and add a loop of yarn to make a hanger.
Tissue Paper Jack-o-Lantern
Make a tissue paper jack-o-lantern with a paper plate. Cut 2-inch squares of orange and black tissue paper prior to starting the project with your toddler. Draw the outline to a jack-o-lantern face on a paper plate. Ask your toddler to make dots of glue inside the facial features. Show your child how to crumple up a square of tissue paper and place it on the glue. Ask your toddler to fill in the eyes, nose and mouth with crumpled black tissue paper. Repeat the process over the remainder of the plate with crumpled orange tissue paper.