Today I have a fun craft to share with you that combines two of my favorite things, Halloween and water beads! These Halloween water bead dolls are pretty easy to whip up and are a fun way to enhance the already awesome experience of water beads. As my girls were playing with their glow-in-the-dark-water bead tray from our Halloween lesson plan, they began asking me if I had anything else they could use to play with in the bin. Because they enjoyed playing with the farm animal figurines during our farm unit so much, I started thinking along those lines and came up with these cute little dolls made from pipe cleaners. They were an instant hit and held their attention far longer than the water beads alone. With a bag of pipe cleaners and a few simple instructions you can add some fun to your next water bead sensory bin too!
To make these dolls you will need pipe cleaners in a variety of colors. Begin by selecting a color for the body. I chose green for both the Frankenstein and witch dolls. Bring the ends of your pipe cleaner together and twist to make a circle. Next, put a twist in the large circle to make one small circle (about the circumference of a water bead) and one larger circle. The smallest circle will be the head. To finish the body, twist the larger circle into arms and then legs, creating a stick figure looking body. To add clothes and hair simply wrap different colored pipe cleaners around the body and shape to fit. You can copy our Frankenstein and Witch designs or come up with your own spooky Halloween water bead creatures!