The craft was for kids ages 6 to 12. I had many 8 year olds come, and that was perfect.
We started with a great story: Waltz of the Scarecrows by Constance W. McGeorge
So, to make all of my standing crafts, I start with two normal sized paper plates. Shear off about an inch off the bottom. Now the circular plates have a flat edge. Flip the plates so the tops face one another and staple the sides.
Use a small paper plate as the head. staple that to the body. Once the body is stuffed with crumpled paper towels (or newspaper) the plates will stand up. The only thing to add is imagination.
With the story, craft, and game, this craft ran about an hour. Some kids got some help from moms (who stayed in the room). and they finished a little faster. As they finished up, I introduced my game.
Lately, I've been loving this blog called Librarianism Chronicles. She created Monster Bowling, and I just reworked it for this craft.
We had many strikes. It was super fun, but they broke my funkin ( a fake pumpkin), so I recommend buying two (it can't hurt to have a back up!)
See the funkin in action?