Craft Ideas for October 2012: Crafty Halloween Treats, Spider crafts, hibernation crafts

Last Call to order Crafty Treats!

Kids Crafts for Halloween Only one week left to order in time for Halloween!  Love Halloween but tired of how many sweets the kids collect?  We’ve got a crafty solution!  Give away Wikki Stix Halloween treats – each package contains 8 Wikki Stix and a fun Halloween design.  It’s a great Halloween treat for kids of all ages (and you won’t be tempted to eat the leftovers!)  Order Here

Set of 50 Halloween Treats – $21.99

October Kids Craft Club: Spider Webs

Spider Crafts October 2012 Join the Kids Craft Club to receive spidery craft supplies. October is the time of year when it’s hard not to bump into a spider web, so we’re getting crafty and making our own!  This craft package is a great way to get ready for Halloween by making some decorations, and it’s also a way to engage kids in nature…..observe a spider at their web, then try your hand making your own!

This month’s crafts are brought to you by the colours Black and Purple! Start your Kids Craft Club subscription with the October crafts!

November Kids Craft Club Sneak Peak

Make some Animal Masks!

November’s Kids Craft Club theme is all about Hibernating animals.   We’re making some masks so that we can look like animals that hibernate.  Join the Kids Craft Club to receive Animal Mask craft supplies. Learn about which animals hibernate and then transform yourself into a hibernating animal with your finished masks.  All the supplies you need to make & wear Hibernating Animals Masks are included.

This month’s crafts are brought to you by the colours Brown, White, and  Black. Start your Kids Craft Club subscription with November by noting ‘November’ on your order form.  Join Kids Craft Club

New Pinboards for October: Spiders and Halloween!

 Halloween crafts fall crafts spider crafts fingerprint crafts Find our favourite do-it-yourself Halloween decorations, and more spider crafts on our latest pinboards.

London Ontario Families – Two for One at Bump!

London Bump Baby & Toddler Expo London’s Baby and Toddler show is back, and Craft Caravan newsletter subscribers can enjoy 2 for 1 admission! Click on the Bump logo to open and print.


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Craft Ideas for September 2012: Leaf Prints, Crafty Halloween treats, Leaf Press and Fall crafts

September Kids Craft Club: Autumn Leaves are Falling Down

Fall Crafts Autumn Crafts September Crafts Join the Kids Craft Club to receive fall leaf craft supplies! Fall is one of our favourite times of year because of all the beautiful fall leaves that can be found. We’re sending Kids Craft Club members a package full of fall leaf activities, including a large collage leaf, a tree to decorate with fall leaves, or to turn into a family tree. Use the included fall leaves for your crafts, or go on a leaf hunt before you get crafty! Everything they need for fall time crafts is included in this craft package.

This month’s crafts are brought to you by the colours Brown, Orange and Yellow! Start your Kids Craft Club subscription with the September crafts! Join Kids Craft Club

October Kids Craft Club Sneak Peak

Crafts for Halloween Crafts for Fall Spider Crafts

Spider Crafts!

October is the time of year when it’s hard not to bump into a spider web, so we’re getting crafty and making our own!   Join the Kids Craft Club to receive spidery craft supplies!  This craft package is a great way to get ready for Halloween by making some decorations, and its also a way to engage kids in nature….observe a spider at their web, then try your hand making your own!

This month’s crafts are brought to you by the colour Black. Start your Kids Craft Club subscription with in October by noting ‘October’ on your order form.  Join Kids Craft Club

Make Fall Leaf Prints with Sunprint Paper

Fall Leaf Prints with Sunpaper
Now that the fall has arrived, we’re even more excited about this Sunprint Paper!  It’s a great way to end a leaf hunt on a sunny fall day.  Collect leaves, arrange them on the paper, set it out in the sun, and watch your paper turn into a beautiful print!  Each kit comes with 12 pieces of 10cm x 10cm Sunprint paper, and an Acrylic overlay to weigh down your paper while making prints.  Get Sunprint Paper here

Sunprint Kit – $5.99


Give Crafty Treats to Trick-or-Treaters this Year

Kids Crafts for Halloween Love Halloween but tired of how many sweets the kids collect?  We’ve got a crafty solution!  Give away Wikki Stix Halloween treats – each package contains 8 Wikki Stix and a fun Halloween design.  It’s a great Halloween treat for kids of all ages (and you won’t be tempted to eat the leftovers!)  Order Here

Set of 50 Halloween Treats – $21.99


Press Fall Leaves with this Wooden Leaf Press

Leaf Press Fall Activity for kids press leaves We think fall is one of the best times of the year because of all the fall leaves that we can crunch through while walking.  This leaf and flower press is the perfect accessory for your next fall leaf hunt – once you’ve found the biggest, brightest, or most interesting leaves, insert them between the ventilating pages and blotting pages, secure the press, and wait a few days for your leaves to dry.  Remove the leaves and make beautiful cards, scrapbooks, or collage projects. Order Here

Leaf and Flower Press – $16.99


New Pinboard: Fall Crafts

 Fall crafts for kids Colourful leaves are a never ending source of inspiratio for fall crafts.  We’ve pinned some of our favourites here. 

Kids Craft Club Showcase – Submit Your Photos!

Is your child in the Kids Craft Club?  Send us pictures of him or her with their artwork and we’ll add them to our Kids Craft Club showcase!

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October Crafts, Halloween Crafts, Nature Crafts, Sensory Activities

Mystery Mask – October Kids Craft Club

Halloween theme, pumpkin craft, mask craft The October crafts from the  Kids Craft Club are brought to you by the colours orange, black and green!!   If you’re not already in the club, there’s only a few days left to subscribe for this craft package.

October is full of mystery – trees stand like skeletons with their leaves on the ground, the wind seems to whistle just a little bit more, and kids gear up all month long to celebrate Halloween!

 Use this month’s craft supplies to make a mask, transform a pumpkin into a jack o’lantern, or create spooky halloween shadows.   Everything you need for Halloween crafts is inside your Kids Craft Club envelope!

Subscribe by September 23rd to receive this craft package at the beginning of October.

Halloween Party Crafts!

If you’re planning a Halloween party, be sure to include some craft time!  Halloween themes are endless, and we at Craft Caravan can’t get enough of spiders and bats!  These Halloween Party crafts are fun for during the party, or craft them before hand and hang them around for decorations!  Be sure to order soon, as quantities are limited!

Halloween Crafts for Kids Spider Theme Clothes pin bat decoration or clip craft Halloween themed yoyo for kids to decorate
Spider and Web Craft Bat Clothes PIn Craft Wooden YoYo Spider Craft

Three Nature Craft Ideas with Sticks

Kids Nature Crafts with sticks and twig crafts Our kids can’t seem to get enough sticks for their collection, so we put together some fun crafts to showcase their favourites and keep the collection at bay.  Get step by step directions for making a leafy tree, a recycled can vase or pencil holder, and a stick person drawing – see instructions here

Kitchen with Kids – Squishing Tomatoes

Here’s a great tactile activity for home or at a sensory table in preschool.  Have the kids squish some tomatoes!  You can use fresh tomatoes and teach about composting while you’re at it, or use canned whole tomatoes.  Our kids loved the ooey gooey feeling of the tomatoes squishing through their hands, making us think this would be a great slimy activity for a Halloween party too!  Read what we did for this activity, or watch our tomato talk and the kids squishing.

Craft Ideas and Tips on the Web

Craft Caravan is on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube and we want you to join us!  We’re using Twitter to send out craft tips and ideas from around the web, and we use Facebook to notify of contests, new blogs, and fun crafty videos we’ve made (posted to our YouTube channel).  Join us to get free crafty content regularly as soon as we find or create it!

Craft Kit Giveaway –  Child’s Artist Sketch Pad

Kids themed sketch pad Congratulations to Michele, who won this month’s craft kit draw from our homepage!

This month we’re pleased to give away an Artist’s Sketch pad with a fun print in either Elegant Oval, or Nuts and Bolts .  These pads have a kraft cover, 40 printed tear off sheets, and are 7- 1/2 x 6 -1/2″ when closed.  Phthalate free and printed with non toxic inks.  Great to keep on hand for the elegant artist in the family.

We’ll be contacting Michele by email to get shipping information for your Artist’s Sketch Pad.  You can enter next month’s draw here.

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Kids Craft Club for Groups, Halloween Crafts, and more!

Feasting in the Fall – November Kids Craft Club

Apple craft and corn craft Join in on fall fun with crafts from the  Kids Craft Club!  Only one week left to subscribe for this craft package!

Corn and apples are two fall time favourite foods.  These foods are special because they can be used for eating, or for decoration!  Make an apple craft with this month’s Kids Craft Club, but watch out for a sneaky surprise in the middle!  Then decorate a patchwork cob of corn that’ll look way too pretty to eat!

Subscribe by October 23rd to receive this craft package at the beginning of November

Introducing the Kids Craft Club for Groups!

Puppet Crafts After many months and many many customer requests, we’re pleased to introduce our Kids Craft Club for groups! If you meet with a regular playgroup or operate a small daycare, we’ve got a crafty solution for you!  Join the Kids Craft Club and receive a package of crafts for 4, 6, 10, or 14 children.  Make daycare or playgroup even better with the Kids Craft Club!

Enter to Win a Box of Recycled Paper Pencil Crayons!

Earth Friendly Pencil Crayons We’re running a contest on Facebook right now, and it’s so easy to enter!  Just leave a comment on our Facebook page telling us what you do with your child’s finished arts & craft projects.  Take pictures?  Frame them?  Scrapbook them?  Stack them in a pile?  Let us know for your chance to win!

Tip: Join our Facebook Group or watch our Twitter feed for upcoming giveaways to introduce our great selection of eco-friendly kids craft products!

Christmas Cards & Christmas Gifts

Christmas cards for Kids

Season’s Greetings Cards & Christmas Cards

Many people like to plan ahead for Christmas, and sending Christmas cards is usually one of the first tasks on the list.  Making cards by hand gives your Christmas wish a personal touch and it’s a great craft for the kids!  Our Christmas card making kits are now online for purchase – check them out!

Kids Craft Club – PreORDER for Christmas Gifts

A Kids Craft Club subscription is a great way to extend Christmas excitement throughout the year!  If you’re shopping for an early Christmas gift, sImply wirte ‘Christmas’ in the comment section of your order form, and your child will receive their first craft project right after Christmas!

Crafty Idea – Pumpkin Decorating

Sugar Pumpkin Decorating Craft Carving pumpkins is a lot of fun, and a great family activity, but the bulk of the work usually falls to mom, dad, or caregiver.  If your kids want to get a little more ‘hands on’ try decorating pumpkins instead!  Check out our Pumpkin Decorating article on the blog archive at

Five Minute Fun – Handprint Ghosts

Gear up for Halloween with this simple activity!  Trace your child’s hands on white paper, with fingers closed together, making sure that you finish your tracing where you started it, for a completely enclosed shape.  Cut your ‘ghost’ shape out and draw or glue eyes onto ghost at the top (near the ‘heel’ of your handprint). Footprints make great ghosts too!

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Crafty Ideas September 2009

Back to School

With the kids getting back into the fall routine, now is a perfect opportunity to add craft time into your schedule.  Doing crafts provides creative and cognitive challenges that help ready young kids for future learning.  Start with some back to school crafts such as the ones below:

Artist’s Display Ribbon: 

A simple way to display the drawings and art projects the kids will be bringing home from school!

Supplies: 1.5 m of wide (~5cm) ribbon, 8 self-adhesive Velcro dots, fabric and/or ribbon scraps, felt pieces etc, stickers, craft glue, glitter glue, fabric scissors

Directions:  Evenly space one side of 7 Velcro dots along the length of your ribbon.  Decorate ribbon by gluing on pieces of fabric, ribbon, or felt, and drawing designs with glitter glue.  Clip a ‘V’ at bottom end of the ribbon to finish it off.  Let dry.  To hang your ribbon, place 8th Velcro dot at the top of the ribbon on the underside, and secure it to matching Velcro dot positioned at the top of your wall.  The ribbon will hang down, ready for art work display

To display art: attach a Velcro dot to your artwork, and then secure the artwork to the matching Velcro dot on the display ribbon


Did you try this craft?  Send us your comments and photos!

Decorative Back Pack Tags:

An easy way to identify your child’s book bag or snack pack!

Supplies: construction paper or card stock, markers, crayons, or alphabet stickers, clear self-adhesive laminating paper, hole punch, beading string, pony beads

Directions: Cut a small circle or square out of cardstock – similar in size to a luggage tag.  Draw or decal child’s name onto the tag.  Decorate the tag with other stickers and colouring, and then place between two pieces of clear laminating paper.  Cut laminating paper so it is just wider than the tag inside.  Puch a hole into the laminated tag, and string onto beading string.  Add decorative beads to the string, and then tie it to backpack.

Did you try this craft?  Send us your comments and photos!


Kitchen with Kids – Bean Dip with Corn Chips

A great after school snack, this is a simple dip that needs a dollop of this and a pinch of that, so it’s easy for the kids to be in charge!

  • 1 can refried beans
  • 2-3 heaping tablespoons plain yogurt
  • Pinch of salt
  • corn chips or vegetables for dipping


Scoop refried beans into mixing bowl.  Add plain yogurt and a pinch of salt.  Mix thoroughly.  Serve with corn chips, carrot sticks, or celery for dipping.  Tip: if your kids are feeling adventurous, add some chili powder, chopped green onions or cilantro for extra flavour!

Simple Science – Bent Pencil

Fill a jar or clear container half way with water. Hold a pencil in the water so that half of it is submerged.  When you look at the pencil through the water, does it look straight or bent?  Light travels slower through water than it does through air.  When the light enters the water it slows down, changing direction slightly, and it speeds up again as it leaves the glass, making the pencil look bent.

Getting Organized – Craft Supply Box

Preschoolers and primary school kids will often find themselves exhausted at the end of a school day.  Help them make it through the long afternoon by setting up an easy-to-access craft box for quiet time activities.  Decorate a shoe box with your child, and stock it with craft staples such as crayons, scissors, stickers, and glue stick.  Keep the box, together with some coloured paper and drawing paper, within reaching distance so that they can grab their crafts whenever they need to relax and create.

Five Minute Fun – Label It

Practice  your printing by making labels for school supplies and snack containers.  Place a strip of fun coloured masking tape on a non-adhesive surface, such as a vinyl placemat or stone countertop.  Place tick marks at even intervals so that your child knows how much space they have to write each name, and then let them repeat their name over and over again to label all their stuff!

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Craft Ideas by Craft Caravan – October 2008

Fall Festivities!

Halloween and Thanksgiving are two great occasions for the kids to get crafty.  For a real challenge, consider creating home made Halloween costumes using old boxes and scraps of fabric.  If you want to keep it simple, here are a few craft ideas to try with the kids:

Gourd Turkey Centerpiece:

Supplies: round gourd, leaves or feathers, flat craft spoon, red marker or construction paper, googly eyes, glue, scissors

  Directions:  Add googly eyes to round part of craft spoon, creating turkey head.  Make wattle by drawing tear-drop shape on red construction paper, or colouring paper teardrop with red marker.  Add wattle to head at the middle of the craft spoon.  Glue head to one side of gourd.  On opposite side of gourd, start layering feathers or leaves, to make turkey feathers.  Continue adding feathers or leaves to gourd, covering back side up to center of gourd.    

Tip:  If you don’t have any flat craft spoons, you can make a head shape by drawing a figure 8 on brown construction paper, with the top of the ‘8’ slightly more round than the bottom.   

Sparkly Spider Web:

Supplies: white, black, or grey yarn, silver sparkles (optional) waxed paper, flour, water, yogurt container or paper plate, scissors.

Directions:  In yogurt container or on paper plate, mix approximately 1 part flour with 2 parts water to create paper mache paste.  Add sparkles to paste and mix.  Cut yarn into 20cm lengths.   Dip yarn into paste so that all parts are covered in paste.  Pull yarn through thumb and index finger to remove excess paste.  Place yarn on piece of waxed paper.  Continue adding yarn to waxed paper in a criss-cross spider web pattern.  Let dry.  Carefully peel your spider web from waxed paper and hang in a window or at your front door for halloween.   

Alternate:  instead of mixing sparkles into paste, create spider web and then sprinkle with sparkles while still wet. 




Dressing Up – The Halloween Tradition

Halloween started out as an Irish tradition, and is now celebrated in a large portion of the western world, including Canada, United States, and New Zealand.  Dressing up in masks and costumes is a tradition that started way back when Halloween celebrations first began, as a means to ward off evil spirits. 


Kids in the Kitchen – Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Save the seeds from your pumpkin carving this year, to make a yummy snack with the kids.  They can help by cleaning and washing the seeds, and sprinkling them with seasoning salt.

Pumpkin seeds from jack o’lantern waste
Seasoning salt
Vegetable oil

Separate pumpkin seeds from other pumpkin scraps.  Place in colander and wash.  Spread on paper towel to dry.  Spread onto baking sheet and add a few drops of vegetable oil, mixing thoroughly.  Spread seeds out on baking sheet, and sprinkle with a pinch of seasoning salt.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 20 minutes or until crisp, turning seeds once.

Kids Craft Club – Just in time for Christmas!


For those who like to plan ahead, now is the time to buy gift Craft Club subscriptions for Christmas.  It’s the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for pint sized friends and relatives.  Simply note ‘Christmas gift’ in the comments section of your order form, and you will be sent a gift card to place under the tree or in their stocking.  First craft delivery for Christmas subscribers will be the January Kids Craft Club project.  Subscribe today!

Christmas Card Making Kits

We’ve already had several inquiries about our Christmas Card Making kits , and they are now available on our website.  To get an early start on making cards with the kids, order yours today .

Five Minute Fun – Handprint Turkey

Trace your child’s hand on a piece of brown paper, having the thumb spread as far away from fingers as possible.  Cut out the tracing.  The thumb will be the head of the turkey, while the fingers will be the feathers.  Add eye and waddle to head, and add feathers or other decorations to feathers/fingers

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Craft Ideas by Craft Caravan – September 2008

Findings In the Fall!

September is a great time of year to go outside and collect a few crafty items for fall and winter projects.  Take the kids on a walk to collect leaves, pinecones, and any other interesting objects of nature that can be dried or stored for future use.  Get a jump on the fall craft projects with these ideas:  

Fall Leaf Butterfly Picture:

Supplies:  Fall leaves – 2 small long & thin leaves, 1 big long & thin leaf, 4 big round or oval leaves, 1 small round leaf, construction paper, glue, googly eyes, glitter glue, or tiny leaves for decorating.

 Directions:  Dry the leaves by layering between newsprint and placing a heavy object on top.  Let dry for about a week, or until they’re dry but not brittle.  To assemble butterfly:  use 1 long thin leaf as the body, 1 small round leaf for face, 2 long thin leaves as antennae, 4 big round/oval leaves as top and bottom portions of wings.  Add googly eyes or dots of glitter glue to face, and decorate wings with glitter glue or smaller leaves.   

Tip:  Don’t stop at butterflies.  Depending on the leaves in your area, you may be able to find shapes to create elephants (large round ear shaped leaves), bunnies (thin long leaves), or any other creature that sparks your child’s interest.  Layering maple leaves in a fan shape, behind a long thin leaf, would make an excellent peacock!

Sparkly Pinecones:

Supplies: Pinecones, 2 paper plates, white glue, sparkles, string

Directions:  Thin white glue by mixing with equal part water.  Place glue in first paper plate, and sparkles in second paper plate.  Roll clean, dry pinecones in glue plate, then roll in sparkle plate.  Set aside to dry.  Tie string around the top to create pinecone ornament for fall decorations, or place in bowl for a sparkly display!

Note: if you prefer, use a re-sealable bag for sparkles.  Roll pinecone in glue, then place in sparkle bag.  Seal bag and shake, shake, shake! 


Inspired by Nature – Claude Monet

In a time when the most sought-after paintings were based on realism and academic style, Claude Monet chose to depict scenes from nature, in an impressionist manner.  He was inspired by his environment – poppies, haystacks, and of course, water lilies.


Kids in the Kitchen – Swedish Chocolate Cookies

This is a no-bake recipe that is perfect for little helping hands!


3 ¼ cups oats
1 ¼ cups sugar
6 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup butter or margarine
Flaked coconut

Mix dry ingredients (except coconut) together.  Add butter and vanilla and mix until even consistency.  (you could even use your hands for this!)  With your hands, roll dough into 3 cm balls.  Roll balls in flaked coconut.  Chill for 1 hour before serving.

Five Minute Fun – Magnet Fishing Rod

Turn a stick into a fishing rod by adding a length of string at one end.  To give your fishing rod some weight and to turn it into a game, place a magnet at the end of the string: Using two pieces of self-adhesive magnet, sandwich the free end of the string between adhesive sides of magnets, sticking them together and adhering to string.  Find some household items that are magnetic, and some that aren’t, and put them into a ‘pond’ for your child to go fishing!

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Kids Craft Ideas for September 2007

Autumn Leaves Are Falling Down…

Summer is on the way out and fall is on the way in, but that doesn’t mean the outdoor fun has to end. The kids can trade in their bathing suits and flip flops for some fabulous fall activities! Rake up a pile of leaves for instant entertainment – running, jumping, throwing – the leaf-pile options are seemingly endless. If you don’t have enough leaves to make a pile, or if you just get tired or raking, check out the below suggestions for some easy fall-time crafts that take advantage of the season and are great for the little ones:

Simple Birdfeeder:

Supplies: 1/2 bagel, peanut butter*, bird seed, string, old newspaper

Directions: Spread peanut butter over bagel. Pour bird seed onto newspaper and press bagel (peanut butter side down) firmly into seed. Tie onto a tree or fence post with string.

*honey or other nut butters are good alternatives

Leaf Rubbings:

Supplies: writing paper or other text-weight paper, crayons, placemat or newspaper, fall leaves

Directions:   Go outside and collect your favorite fall leaves.  Be sure to choose leaves that aren’t overly brittle.  Position the leaves vein-side up on placemat or newspaper.  You can secure with tape underneath so they don’t move during rubbing, if desired.  Lay writing paper over leaves.  Peel paper off crayon, lay the crayon on its side, and rub over the paper.  Watch your beautiful leaves appear!

Fun Facts About Arts and Crafts

Let’s learn a little bit about how it all started……

The first pigments used in painting were ground from earth, minerals, and organic matter. Most pigments are now made chemically and are more permanent.

The word ‘cartoon’ originally comes from painting terminology. It relates to a preliminary but fully worked sketch from which the outlines could be translated to a painting.

Jokes Jokes Jokes!!

Our kids (2yrs and 5 yrs) have spent many a meal tossing knock knock jokes around the table. Most of theirs don’t make sense to us, and we don’t even really get the “funny” ones, but the kids love them. Try these classics with your kids and see what they come up with when it’s their turn!

Knock Knock
Who’s There?
Dwayne Who?
Dwayne the Bathtub! I’m Dwowning!

Knock Knock
Who’s There?
Egg who?
Eggscuse me!

Five Minute Fun

Need a fast and easy way to entertain your kids? Give them a paint brush and some water, and set them free. Try painting coloured construction paper or tiles inside, or if you’re outside let them loose on the fence or sidewalk. The only hazard? Spillage! Make sure any important papers are out of the way, and be prepared for them to get a little bit wet.

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