Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halloween. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Halloween Treat Bag Q-Tip Painting



I remember decorating a pillowcase to hold all of my Halloween candy when I was younger.  My kids are little and don't need a whole pillow case, but I thought they would enjoy decorating their own  treat bags.


All you'll need is some paint, tape, a paper plate, Q-tips, Halloween silhouettes (I made mine on PicMonkey), and treat bags.  I found bags at the dollar store that were exactly what I was looking for.


I cut out the silhouettes and let the kids tape them wherever they wanted on their bags.  Squirt the paint onto a plate, give your kids Q-tips, and let them go to town.


Two-year-old's love this activity!  Bud loves getting dirty.


Let them dry, take off the silhouettes, and you're all done!  We used glow-in-the-dark paint too.  The kids loved seeing their designs shining in the black light.

What do your kids put their candy in?

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Slime Creatures



My kids have a strong aversion to slimy, dirty, squirmy things.  Halloween is a fun time to try something new and somewhat gross.  I like my children to learn about different textures, so I decided to make slime creatures with them.


I used THIS recipe from Lolly Jane (mostly because their slime is Maleficent-themed; anyone who knows me knows that Maleficent is my favorite Disney villain).  I used enough Borax to make our slime thick and moldable.


I was surprised by how much fun my kids had squishing the slime.


After they had their fill of squishing, they rolled the slime into little balls and added eyes to their creatures.


Each creature was given a name and lovingly played with.  When it came time to put them away MANY tears were shed.

There are so many different slime recipes to try.  Here are a few that are on my list:

  1. Glow in the Dark Slime - A Pumpkin and a Princess
  2. Sparkly Slime - Learn, Play, Imagine
  3. Winter Snowflake Slime - Little Bins for Little Hands
  4. Chocolate Stretchy Slime - Fun at Home with Kids
  5. Borax Free Galaxy Slime - Twodaloo
Do you have a favorite slime recipe?  Share in the comments!



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Monday, January 12, 2015

Ghosts in the Graveyard



I like to take advantage of warm weather in October as long as it will last.  My kids love to hide things all around the house for each other to find.  I decided to run with the idea.

First, I found 30 white balloons (10 per kid), filled them with prizes, and blew them up.  Once I tied them off I drew a ghost face on the balloon and put different colored ribbon at the bottom.  They looked like little bow ties!  Each child was assigned a different color.


I put the ghosts all over the yard.


They were in obvious places for Goofy and Bud.  When Princess got home from school I hid hers in harder spots.


I told the kids that ghosts had invaded our yard.  It was their job to find them and get rid of them.


When they found a ghost with the right colored ribbon, they would bring it to me.  I would help them pop the balloon with a push pin.


Pop!  Pop!  What's inside?


Money!


And a toy car!


Goofy was always so proud when she found a ghost.


Bud showing me his loot.


Once all of the ghosts were found and we had cleaned up their remains (a.k.a. picked up the popped balloons) we went inside and the kids enjoyed their prizes.


Too fun!

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Neighborhood Halloween Scavenger Hunt



I wanted to share this Halloween scavenger hunt printable with you.  We went on a neighborhood hunt as a family and the kids had a blast!  I don't have pictures of it because we did it at night with flashlights.  You would have thought the kids had died and gone to heaven.  Yay, flashlights!  My kids were having so much fun shining their flashlight at people's houses and into their windows that I was worried the neighbors might call the cops on us.

The kids wanted to do it again the next night, and the next night, and the next...

Feel free to save and print out the Halloween scavenger hunt for your own personal use.  If you don't have kids, use it as a date night.

Have fun!

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Pumpkin Paper Plate Wreaths



I'M BAAAAACK!!!  Did you miss me?  The end of the year is always so crazy.  Between family events, holiday fun, piano recitals, school, preschool, sickness, and primary president duties I get so swamped!  Thank goodness for the new year and a chance to get back to blogging (which I LOVE and have missed).  I will be spending the month of January catching up on the fun we had these last few months sprinkled with a few things we are doing now.

I decided to start off with a craft that my kids and I did with our friends Brownie and Bestie.  We made paper plate wreaths for Halloween.  All you need is a paper plate, scissors, orange and green mesh (you could use a thick green ribbon instead), white or black tulle (for either a ghost or a bat), yellow or black felt (for eyes), and pom-poms.


We cut a hole out of the paper plates.  Then, we used the orange mesh to decorate our wreaths.  There were two methods: 1) wrap the mesh around the paper plate ring or 2) bunch up the mesh and glue gun it in place.  Next, make a hook to hang your wreath with using the green mesh or ribbon.

To embellish the wreath we made ghosts and bats.  If you want to make a ghost cut out a small square of white tulle.  Glue a white pom-pom to the middle of the square.  Cut out some small, black eyes and glue them on.  Stick the ghost on your wreath and you're done!

To make the bat cut out a strip of black tulle.  Fold it it half and tie it into a knot.  Cut out two small, yellow circles for the eyes and glue them on.  Place your bat on your wreath and you're done.


The kids had fun hanging their wreaths all around the house.


Brownie's favorite color is green, so she made an all-green wreath.


Bud preferred using it as a lion's mane.


Goofy was so excited to hang it up that I couldn't get a picture of her holding it still.


Princess was the only one to try the bunching method.  She was pretty proud of it.

Even though it is January, my kids still have these wreaths hanging from their bedroom doors.  Is that a successful craft or what?



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