Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Sensory Activity

I surprised my girls after school with this Halloween Sensory Activity that was, honestly, very fun to put together! I just used food and materials that I had around the house and put them into separate bowls. I blindfolded my girls and their friend, Allie, and told them that I sent my husband to a special store that didn't allow kids because it had scary things. I must have been a little too convincing because right after I told them that we went to special scary store to buy these things, Allie ripped off her blindfold and said, "I don't want to do this!" So she got a peek of our first item...

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Activity for Toddlers

We put some of our Halloween supplies into use for Eloise, my 22 month old. I saw this general idea somewhere (sorry no source!) on Pinterest and adapted it to a Halloween theme. Here's what we did:
We taped a paper towel holder onto the edge of our small craft table and placed a large plastic pumpkin underneath. 
I gave Eloise one of these tiny pumpkins filled with various sized pom poms.

I showed her how to take out a pom-pom and place it inside the top of the paper towel holder so that the pom-pom would fall down into the large pumpkin.

Once she finished (which took quite a while to my delight!), she dumped them out and started over again!
For me, this one was a hit. It helps her fine motor skills and it kept her interest for even longer than I expected. It's worth a try! You could also use tiny spider rings or rubber eyeballs to make it even spookier.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Alas, Halloween Activities!

We are very excited for Halloween here in the Phipps' home! We always start the season off by filling up our "seasonal basket":
This basket displays all of our Halloween/Fall craft materials for our activity time or whenever boredom strikes. I kept a lot of loot from last year so our basket is extra full this year. 
(Hazel decorated the basket for me.)
I usually go to JoAnne's and buy their seasonal stickers, pom poms, and little craft boxes full of easy and quick activities.

Fabric, buttons, and fake spiders. Oh the fun things you can do with fake spiders.

 This year I included face paints which made for a nice activity one afternoon while I was doing dishes.
I gave them permission to paint each other and when I turned around, this is what I saw!
We also tried something new this year: Halloween lights in the girls' bedroom! The lights are actually orange but it's hard to see in this picture. Boy, I love October. More Halloween activities to come.
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