Halloween is quickly approaching and we’ve been having a blast preparing for the big day.
Pumpkin Shape Activity
For the toddlers this was a great activity to talk about shapes and facial parts (i.e. eyes, nose …). They also love to glue, even when there is nothing to stick.
I gave each child a pile of shapes and a plain pumpkin base, we discussed each shape and what was needed to make a face. After they glued their chosen parts on they decorated with markers. I imagine with older children the body parts would be in the correct places but it was lots of fun anyhow.
Sparkly Play dough
For this recipe we used my usual cooked play dough recipe but added Halloween colours and sparkle.
Combine the following in a pot
- 1 cup white flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 2 tbl cream of tartar
Combine the following and add to the pot
- 1 cup cold water
- 2 tsp food colour, this time I used tempera paint
- 1 tbl oil
Mix the two together and cook over medium heat, continue stirring (3-5 mins) till forms a ball, knead on counter till cool (I add in the sparkle at this stage, and also some spices).
Egg Carton Spider
As seen in the pictures with the play dough we also made egg carton spiders. Cut the egg cartons apart and paint black. You could use pipe cleaners, paper, wooden sticks etc. for the legs. We used pipe cleaners and so I pre cut holes for the kids as its hard to poke them through on their own. The last step was to glue on eyes, as many as they wished.
Spelling Salt Tray
This was meant for my girls who are 5 and 7. Start by making coloured salt (mix table salt and a few drops of food colour in a ziplock bag, I also added some spice for a delicious sensory experience), next place it in a shallow pan. I provided a paint brush for the writing but you could use your finger as well. I also made a quick word sheet with Halloween words. For younger children you could give them cards with squiggly, zig zag, and straight lines to copy.
For a sensory treat we made a slime recipe found over at MamaPapaBubba. Its seems more like a thick goop then slime but either way its fun to play with and easy to make.
Start with mixing 2 cups of liquid school glue and 1 1/2 cups of warm water, food colouring and sparkles. In another container mix 1 1/3 cups warm water with 3 tsp borax. Mix the two solutions together- the reaction is really cool. Keep mixing and enjoy. I packed mine up in little jars and topped each with a little toy bug.
note: there seems to be a bit of debate about using borax and so to be on the safe side I would ensure the kids don’t eat this slime and wash hands when done playing