A little late but better late than never…kids Halloween party

A little late but better late than never…kids Halloween party

For my daycare kids I planned a little party to celebrate Halloween.  We had some snacks, watched some fun youtube kids music videos and crafted.

Bat with Moon craft

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For the last few weeks we’ve been discussing nocturnal animals so this craft doubled up.  For this craft I gave each child a precut bat, a paper plate moon and a variety of glitter glue.  The children had lots of fun mixing the different glue colours and spreading them with their fingers.

Snack

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For our snack I served a variety of items, cheese, roasted pumpkin seeds, sweet potato chips and a cute little orange pumpkin.  I cut the cheese with little cookie cutters and so we ate little bears and acorns, and I drew the face on the tangerine with a sharpie.

I also served some slimy swamp smoothies.

  • 1 cup kefir or plain yoghurt
  • 1 cup mixed frozen fruits
  • 5 swiss chard leaves (de-stemmed)
  • 1 banana
  • enough water to get the blender moving

This smoothie would be great as pond scum or any kind of goo.

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Clean Teeth/Post Halloween Craft

Clean Teeth/Post Halloween Craft

Halloween was tonnes of fun and we were given tonnes of candy.  Luckily the girls have mostly forgotten about the goodies but I thought this little craft would be a fun reminder to keep our teeth clean.

Cut tooth shapes out of yellow paper and give the children white paint and old toothbrushes, have the kids clean the dirty yellow teeth.  While they painted we discussed foods that are good and those that are harmful to our teeth.

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While crafting you can also sing a little tune…

brush brush brush your teeth

two times a day

cleaning cleaning cleaning cleaning

fighting tooth decay

 

More Halloween

More Halloween

We’ve been celebrating Halloween all week, here are a few more things we’ve been up to.

Egg Carton Ghosts

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-cut up egg cartons, gather some coffee filters, glue and googly eyes

-put glue on the tops and sides of the egg cartons and then place in center of the coffee filter, flip it over and press the coffee filter to help it stick, add googly eyes and voilà a ghost

-you could poke a hole in the top and add string to hang it around your home

Worms and Bugs Sensory Bin

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I’ve seen this idea all over pinterest and had to try it…coloured pasta.  Cook pasta as if you are going to eat it, let it cool and separate into a batch for each colour being used.  Place the cooled pasta, some food colouring and a dash of veggie oil in a ziplock bag and work it/shake it till the colour is absorbed.  Add more colour if needed.  Place the noodles in a bin and add some insect toys, some cups, tongs etc.

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Pack the noodles up between play so it doesn’t dry out and play with till it gets gross- enjoy!!

Hammered Shape Pumpkin

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So quite a few years back I dated a guy who worked at this swanky restaurant and the owner used to make the best pumpkins-very simple designs but the cuts were so crisp.  The secret was a hammer and cookie cutters.  My girls designed their own pumpkins this year and my husband and I helped to cut them out but with my daycare gang I decided to try using the hammer.

I gave the children a pile of cookie cutters to choose from and they each picked two.  We then scooped out the insides together, played with the seeds and spread goo all over the table.  Once the pumpkin was ready I tapped each cookie cutter (in turn) lightly into the pumpkin so it wouldn’t fall off and then each child hammered the cutter the rest of the way in.  The kids had a blast using the hammer and we ended up with a beautiful pumpkin.

Magic Wands

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An easy Halloween party treat minus the treat are these magic wands.  Cut a variety of fruit into chunks and feed onto skewers, top with a hunk of cheese.  I like to use cookie cutters to cut the cheese into fun shapes, some fruit can be cut this way as well for a really cute presentation.  These could be prepared ahead of time or could be left unassembled for a fun party activity.

Happy Halloween preparations!!!

Halloween

Halloween

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Slime

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

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