Ghost Bottle Bowling – Halloween Game For Kids

halloween game for kids There are a lot of homemade Halloween bowling games but the goal of this one isn’t just to have fun knocking down a few ghosts ( although my son sure has had a blast!) it’s also about building fine motor skills, counting and making something together as siblings.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some empty water bottles , sticky back black foam, scissors, a few packages of cotton balls and a pumpkin ball. halloween game for kids
  2. Start by filling your bottles with cotton balls. My two year old and I worked together filling her bottle. This was a challenge for her and her fine motor skills. My son had no problem and happily filled his first bottle in a snap.Halloween Game
  3. Make it a challenge for fast finishers. I decided to give my son a challenge and asked him to estimate how many cotton balls it takes to fill a bottle, then count to see the difference.
  4. While your kids fill the bottles cut some eyes from the foam. This sticky back foam is great for crafts when you don’t want to wait for glue to dry .
  5. When all the bottles are filled peel the backing off the eyes ( more fine motor work) and pop them on the bottles.
  6. Can you tell which one my daughter made?
  7. Now it’s time to bowl. My daughter got frustrated pretty quickly but I am going to try again today when her brother is at school. I don’t thin it was the activity that frustrated her so much as not being able to do it just like her much more coordinated older brother. He had a blast.  On his own he decided to try out different ways to arrange the ghosts. In a horizontal line, diagonal one, a bunch and then in this X. All I know is he was working on gross motor skills while also experimenting with the most basic of a physics lesson. 

 

Halloween Books

AlphaOops: H Is for Halloweenby Althea Kontis is a really sophisticated alphabet book that works well for a wide range of kids. A toddler will enjoy the bright illustrations by Bob Kolar and older children will be able to follow along with the silly storyline about the letters putting on a Halloween show. What I adore about this book is that the letters are completely out of order and some of the things they represent are far from ordinary.  Instead of werewolf the author used the word lycanthrope which I had never heard and my son loved learning something at the same time as I did.  The few trickier words were great for my son who often guesses words even though he can sound them out. It forced him to work harder . As soon as we were done reading  it together he asked to read it again. Super awesome alphabet book for Halloween !

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen is a sweet monster book with minimal text and very rich illustrations by Kelly Murphy.  The story is really about the daily wind down and bedtime for two monsters. You and your child will absolutely relate to them on one page or another ( or all). These little monsters are just like our little monsters resisting bedtime, trying to avoid baths… well you know the daily struggle. My daughter was not into the book but my son liked it even though I’d gear it towards the 2-4 crowd. We chose our favorite monsters on each page and found interesting details like the recipe for tentacle soup on the page where the mom is making dinner . Cute, your child will relate to it and it’s not at all scary!

Easy Halloween Crafts For Kids

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I see what you are pinning on Pinterest and Halloween pins are everywhere these days. I thought I’d make it easier on you and bring a long list of our favorite easy Halloween crafts for kids together in a Halloween craft round up . We have so many Halloween activities for kids on the site that I already have at least one more round up planned but I will wait a while before posting it .

Puffy Paint Ghost
Simple Plate Jack-O-Lantern
Halloween Sensory Tub
Eyeball Painting
Sandpaper Pumpkin
Texture Collage Ghost
Marshmallow Skull
Pumpkin Playdough
Toilet Roll Frankenstein
Rock Jack-O-Lanterns
Messy Monster Craft
Cookie Cutter Ghosts
Hand Print Bat Craft
Simple Halloween Sensory Tub
Toddler Friendly Glittered Pumpkins
Black Bean and Orange Lentil Wreath
Marshmallow Ghost Craft

Halloween Ghost Crafts &Treats

Of all the Halloween words like ghouls, monsters and jack-o-lantern the search term that has been most common this month for us is ” Ghost Craft” . I aim to please so here are  our ghost crafts, treats and even my failed ghost cookies that tasted really really good. If you weren’t one of the many people searching for “Ghost Craft” I hope you find something fun to do anyway!

Texture Ghost

I think I may re-do this craft with my daughter in the coming days, it’s a fun craft to do with toddlers and preschoolers alike!

Puffy Paint Ghost

Seriously messy, seriously fun and the way the homemade puffy paint dries is seriously awesome!

Flying Ghosts

Great use of cookie cutters and a fun and easy craft for preschoolers.

Ghost Cookies

I was so excited when I thought these cookies up and when they flopped I was so sad I ate way too many .

Ghost Bananas

This is the perfect lesson in great minds think alike. I thought I thought this great idea up…only to find out FamilyFun Magazine posted it well before me, and moms everywhere had probably been doing this for ages. AgainI was so sad I ate way too many .

Marshmallow Ghost

We love marshmallow crafts, me because it’s math and fine motor skill practice, my son because he gets to eat the craft supplies!

Witch’s Hat – Halloween Food Craft

 

This is one of my favorite Christmas party crafts we did ages ago adapted for Halloween. As my son pointed out it would also be fun for a Harry Potter party as it makes a great sorting hat craft. It’s a fun way to make something edible without baking.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some one sugar cone, some black icing, halloween sprinkles ( ours are just orange and back non pareils), some gummy worms or other gross candy, a cupcake liner and spoon.  I normally have my son help mix the food coloring if we are using it but black food color is notoriously stubborn to get out of anything ( like my hands… hours later) but by premixing it the mess with my son was minimal.
  2. Start by using the icing to “glue” the cone to the liner.
  3. Now cover the cone and liner with black icing. Have diaper wipes on hand I swear they have magic food coloring erasers, nothing wipes it up like wipes!  Oh and see his lips… if you are doing this with a group give them individial cups of icing or there will be a lot of germ sharing.
  4. Add the sparkles.. I mean sprinkles, it’s habit to type sparkles !
  5. Add worms… eat one more than you were supposed to.  See that little hand ? Baby girl was aching to have some sugar but she will have to wait til next year. Bummer.
  6. That’s it – super easy right?! It’s perfect for a fun Halloween party where kids are busy running around and don’t want to sit for too long to make something.

 

Halloween Books

I was going to link to some books I have previously reviewed since we have not made it to the library lately but my friend Amy Kraft from Media Macaroni just posted a wonderful post about new Halloween Books – so run over there and see what’s new. I was giddy to see a new Todd Parr book!

Toddler Friendly Pumpkin Glittering

Craving a pumpkin with a toddler is not my idea of fun , especially without another adult handy for supervising the littles when you are doing the actual carving. I will leave the slimy insides ( that make my son gag – also not fun) and sharp knives for the weekend when my husband is handy, but that doesn’t mean we can’t decorate a pumpkin! I was just going to do this with my daughter who is 16 months old but my son came running to the playroom asking to join in. They had a great time and my foyer is all blinged out for halloween now!

  1. Gather your materials. You will want a drop cloth for this, white glue, glitter, paint brushes, a plate and a small stool, box or something else you don’t mind getting glitter on to hold the pumpkin at your toddler’s level so they can stand and move around as they create.
  2. Pour the glue onto a plate.
  3. Paint on the glue.
  4. “Wait for me I want to do it too Mom!” <— music to my ears!
  5. Shake the glitter on.
  6. Change glitter colors and keep shaking.
  7. Let dry overnight, gently shake any loose glitter off.
  8. Display!