What a fun, simple, and safe Halloween treat! We made our signature homemade play dough again this week and prepared it for ALL things Fall and Halloween!
Like your kiddos, mine love this squishy, mushy, cinnamon and nutmeg scented orange dough. We drew some Jack-o-Lantern faces on the plastic Ziploc bags we were storing them in and voilà! We had some perfect little play pumpkins.
The children LOVED helping make this (as always!) and they participated in and completed each step, sans the actual stove top step. Once completed they thoroughly experienced the warmth of it coming fresh off the stove.
They pressed it to their little faces, their elbows, their knees, their foreheads...it was EVERYWHERE! They made it into pizzas, balls, snakes, the letter "H," and, of course Jack-O-Lanterns.
Our Sweet Little Halloween Song...
In anticipation of our fun filled holiday party we are learning this song!
This week we ditched the letters and did ALL THINGS HALLOWEEN!!! Did you carve a pumpkin with 10 children?? YES!!! Did you paint bats?? YES!!! Did you taste, smell and feel pumpkin guts?? Sorta!!! Did you color, paint, dance, dress up, bake, party and read?? Absolutely!!!
During this cram-packed week we did our Halloween hardest to pack every itty bitty bit o' fun into each day. I think it was a grand success! Pictured here is my FAVORITE fella' with his prize pumpkin. This year was the FIRST year that he was in charge from, start to finish, in the fine tradition of carving a Jack-O-Lantern. His pattern choice was the creepy castle that took hours to complete.
Thankfully, he was able to finish his veggie sculpting prior to the party and excitedly displayed his skills. You can see him beaming here just moments after he dashed inside to notify me that he needed to capture this before it "melted."
Such a fun time of year...
Kid- 0 - latern!
When we paint, everyone is involved...no matter how old or young. Ususally, everyTHING is involved too. It's a wonderful sensory activity and great for building creativity and fine motor skills. It is also a wonderful way to discuss vocabulary words like cool, smooth, silky, and squishy.
It's absolutely the BEST way to teach colors, textures and words like spot, dot, line, curve, etc. Our children ADORE painting and I love giving them every opporutnity to do it.
This little cutie pie has just recently discovered the joy of painting. It happened for her when she, as a rather small toddler, realized that I would give her baths in the sink (which she LOVES) post painting. So now when we break out the paints, LOOK OUT, this babe will colorize every square inch of the walls, tables, floors, other children, dog...you name it. Then, when she is done, we set her in the sink for a scrub and she giggles and laughs, splashes and soaks.
No lack of sensory experiences for our children, NO SIR!
Does your child get to do this? They should! If you don't want the mess in your home, find a great pre-k program in your area and always pack an extra set of clothes for your little sugar! Happy Halloween!!!
I will only post a few of our Halloween pix here. If I posted everything it would take us ALL day to get through every little cute photo. If I have not yet added you to our private photo viewing account and you (mom or dad and grandpa/grandma would like to be added, just give me a call!)
The fun stuff leading to party day...
We painted, glittered, gutted, glued, and stickered real pumpkins but we also took the opportunity to discuss emotions with this project...
Each child received a pumpkin cut out and several shapes to make eyes, noses and mouths. We talked about the fun of Halloween and how it would make us feel to get candy, see scary costumes, go to parties, etc.
As you can see there are many emotions pictured on these little fella's!
We made these adorable bats with white handprints on black paper that we cut out and stapled together. We hung these from the ceiling as the children enter and they proudly pointed out their bats each day trying to figure out which set belonged to them. We talked about the sizes of our hands and guessed which bats must go with each child based on size...great little comparison, pre-math activity!
Please remember if you would like to print pix from our party and you do not have access, give me a call or email and I will resend our photo sharing account information.
Have a GREAT week!
Life is made of moments...
"There isn't anything more full of hope, joy and peace than a child's smile... It captures the mundane and makes it extraordinary." - LaDonna Woolsey
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