Intensive ABA Services Tissue Paper Candy Corn Craft Project - The Lovaas Institute

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Fall 2011

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Tissue Paper Candy Corn Craft Project

Trick or treat! Give me something good to eat! How about some candy corn! Help your child get into the Halloween spirit with this fun creation of a classic Halloween staple. And while you're at it, why not let your child sample some real candy corn! This is one project that is more treat than trick.


  • Black construction paper
  • White paper
  • White, orange, and yellow tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue


1) Cut or tear tissue paper into small pieces.

2) Cut a triangle out of white paper and glue onto black construction paper.

3) Draw lines to divide the triangle into 3 parts.

4) Spread glue all over the bottom section of the candy corn, crumble pieces of yellow tissue paper, and stick them on the white paper.

5) Repeat with the orange and white tissue paper, completely filling in all the white space in each section.


  • Make the candy corn smaller, requiring less time to complete.
  • Pre-crumble the tissue paper for the child who is unable to do that task independently.
  • Use colored paper for the background to create a color matching task and facilitate increased independence.

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The names of all children in this newsletter have been changed in respect for family confidentiality.

Song Lines!
During teaching, have a toy guitar, piano or drum nearby. When the child responds correctly, pull out the instrument and sing a line from one of their favorite songs. After another correct response, sing the next line. You can do this after each correct response or more randomly to build anticipation! Sing the rest of the song at the end of teaching!

Sneeze Surprise!
Hold a tissue and pretend you are going to sneeze, then blow the tissue towards the child! Or pretend that you're going to sneeze while the child is sitting across from you in a chair, then "sneeze" the child back in his chair or spin the child around while holding hands!

It's Mine!
Place a piece of a favorite snack at the far end of the table, then pretend like you're going to get it first (e.g., "It's mine, I'm gonna get it!!" while hitting your hands on the table toward the snack). Let the child get it first!

That's My Chair!
When the child comes over to sit down for teaching, say, "Hey, that's my chair!" Then quickly switch spots with them. Then change your mind, "No wait, I want to sit there instead!" Then quickly switch spots again! Keep doing this a few more times to get the child giggling!

Use your finger to "write" a letter on the child's back, and have the child guess what letter it is. Each time the child responds correctly during teaching, write a new letter until you have spelled a fun word!

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