If you’re looking for fun Halloween skeleton art for kids, try this full-sized tape resist painting using their own body tracing.
Updated September 2021
We’ve been trying to come up with more fun, age-appropriate Halloween art ideas for kids and we think these skeleton paintings are a really great one.
You can make full-sized tape resist skeleton paintings and hang them up as spooky, cool Halloween decor!
The process was fun but not without its faults—we have some refining to do next time around.
How To Make Tape Resist Skeleton Paintings
- White butcher paper (or you could tape two pieces of easel roll paper together)
- Black marker
- Painters tape, masking tape or washi tape
- Black paint, such as tempera paint or BioColor paint
- Trace a person
First, take turns tracing each other onto the butcher paper.
- Add bones with tape
Then work together to add pieces of blue painters tape for the bones.
As you can see, for this project we referred to our much-loved copy of See Inside Your Body by Katie Daynes.
- Paint over skeleton
Once the tape bones are in place, paint over the whole skeleton (and as much of the paper as you’d like) with black paint (tempera or BioColor paint work great).
- Let dry and remove tape
Once your paint is completely dry, remove the tape from your skeleton.
Note: This step can actually be trickier than it sounds. If the tape rips the paper, you can go back and glue any loose pieces back down.
Don’t these skeletons look great?
You could also this on an old white sheet—maybe with watered down acrylic paint.
And besides making spooky, cool Halloween decor, the tape resist skeletons are a good way for kids to learn about the bones inside their body. And as Halloween art ideas for kids go, this one is pretty awesome.
More Body Art Ideas for Kids
- Body Tracing and Painting on a Rainy Day – Try splatter painting & collaging items in this hands-on project. Learn about the body along the way!
- Learn to Draw the Body – using a miniature body model helps kids learn how to draw the body.
Autumn Arts & Crafts Ideas & Supplies
Download our FREE printable idea list of 31 Halloween activities for kids & families! Or just check out the blog post with the links. So many fun ideas for Halloween!
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