Monday, 28 October 2013
Halloween crafty day
Big brother Ollie has been well and truly bitten by the Halloween bug after going to our friend's Halloween party on Saturday, so he was really keen to dress up our house to be as 'spooky amazing' as their house was. I don't think we're quite up to our friend's creative flair, but here's what we got up to today. None of it is particularly original, but that's the great thing about having kids - they neither know nor care if something has been done a hundred times before. For littlies they rather like it if they themselves have done it a hundred times before since they crave repetition in all sorts of things, including play.
Ollie asked to wrap up a mummy, so I taped a half a helmet from one of his Octonauts toys to a small empty drinks bottle, wrapped it up in a cheap finger bandage from the first aid kit, taped it into an empty cardboard box and then added googly eyes and a drawn on mouth. I taped some wool to the top of the box and our mummy is now hanging in the kitchen window, along with a ghost we made from a craft set on a kids magazine that I had saved from last year when Ollie was a bit to small to manage it. I know that hoarding too much stuff can get to be a clutter problem, but a couple of boxes of things saved from the recycling bin makes life a lot easier when the littlies decide they must build a rocket right now.
Our last make was soap bubble monster pictures. A good squeeze of washing up liquid, a splash of water, a straw, some paper and some pens is all that's needed for this one. I think Ollie would have been happy just blowing bubbles all day, without the added extra of using them for printing.
to rely on your own judgement about what your child is ready for for this one. When the pictures were dry, and Toby was awake, Ollie followed the shapes to make eyes for his monsters, which is good writing practice. Toby was very keen on selecting the colours he was going to use, which was great as I could name the colours he chose and sign them in Makaton at the same time, helping his speech acquisition and encouraging him to say 'yes' and 'no' when I offered him other colours.
These activities kept us busy on and off all day, with breaks for food, and in Toby's case a very snuffly nap. The house is now nice and spooky, and with the exception of the skull and spider (which cost £2 for both) and a few sheets of coloured paper it hasn't cost us anything.
We still have a couple of days to get busy if anyone has any ideas for cheap/free Halloween makes or bakes that we can try, please do leave your suggestions below.