Easy Texture Collage Ghost

halloween crafts for toddlers I’m trying to desensitize my easy to burst into tears toddler to the scarier side of Halloween so today our craft is a fun friendly ghost. I decided to make it a fun collage with rough and soft materials so even if you don’t participate in Halloween you can simply do a collage with opposing textures !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, some black foam ( although paper would work fine too) , some cotton balls, some party streamers, crayons, scissors and glue.
  2. Pull the cotton balls apart into smaller pieces, and cut the streamer into small squares.
  3. Draw a basic outline of a ghost. If your child can draw it have them do it.
  4. Add glue start collaging! Talk about how soft the cotton balls are and how rough the paper feels. Let dry.
  5. While your child is collaging , cut out 2 eyes and mouth from the foam sheet. I like using foam because it will retain it’s shape on top of the other materials.
  6. Glue those on. My son wanted nothing to do with them until they looked like eyes and a mouth on the ghost, then he wanted to help tap them in place!
  7. Have your child decorate the other piece of paper, we are using the Halloween recycled crayon we made a few weeks ago.
  8. Cut out the ghost and glue it on the backing!
  9. All done!

Halloween Books Part II

More Spooky Reads!
I think any holiday especially one as awesome as Halloween ( that’s my sweet tooth talking) is a fantastic catalyst for reading. Use your child’s excitement to get some learning in ! Here are three more fun Halloween Books.

“Dem Bones” by Bob Barner is sort of two books in one. The superficial layer uses the words of the ever popular old time spiritual with fun Halloween inspired skelleton illustrations. There is also a second layer that has longer text for older children that goes into the anatomy of the bones the song sings about. Great way to keep a Halloween theme strong while teaching about the human body!

” Maisy’s Halloween “ is a cute board book for toddlers that follows Maisy’s search for the right Halloween costume. There is something about this little mouse that children just love, it’s also a cute introduction about the fun we have dressing up for Halloween.

” Big Pumpkin” by Erica Silverman is a staple in most preschool classrooms. It’s a cute story about a witch who is desperate for pumpkin pie but her giant pumpkin is too big for her to pick up! Luckily she enlists the help of a ghost, vampire, mummy and bat and with a little teamwork they save the night! The rhyming text is almost like a song and kids love it!

Letter of the Week ! U u !

Umbrella U !

Living in rainy weather it’s only fitting to use umbrella for our U craft, after making it it started raining and we dug out our umbrella and took a stroll in the rain .
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, scissors, some crayons, glue and some blue craft foam.
  2. Start by drawing a big U and the top of an umbrella. Don’t cut them out yet.
  3. Have your child color the U and umbrella with crayons. Don’t forget that when they are coloring you have the opportunity to teach them about colors!
  4. While they are coloring cut out some rain drops out of the blue foam. I like using foam for stuff like this because little hands do well with it, and it adds some texture to the craft.
  5. When they are done decorating their umbrella hand them the other page and have them draw puddles, or clouds or if they are little anything is great, my son drew a boat and a dinghy! At least that’s what he told me :)
  6. Cut out the U and the umbrella.
  7. Glue on the U.
  8. Add the umbrella
  9. Add glue for the rain drops.
  10. Add them on!
  11. All done!
Books!

” Cloudy with a chance of meatballs” by Judi Barrett is a fantastic book for Pre-K and up, if your child has a long attention span I would try it earlier , but the text is long and complicated for most toddlers. My son won’t sit for more than a few pages if I am lucky. The story follows one Grandpa’s tale about the town of Chewsandswallows where the weather comes in the form of food! All was well in Chewsandswallows until the weather took a turn for the worse! I loved teaching with this story, and kids love it too!

” Weather” by Pamela Chanko and Daniel Moreton is the perfect little non fiction book about weather for toddlers and young preschoolers. It’s short and has big interesting photos depicting different weather. Don’t be fooled, it looks like nothing, but trust me little guys will ask you to read it again and again. It’s important that children get read a variety of things, not simply fiction, so don’t be afraid to get your child a simple little non fiction book like this one!

” The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” by My First Taggies Book is a fun little book with the ever popular tags which add an extra level of sensory experience for your little one. The pictures are cute, the rhyme familiar and I liked traveling with this book when my son was little, because of the tags it was a double duty, book and touch toy!

Not Quite The NBA !

Weekend Re-Post
This post from February seemed perfect for the nasty weather we have today.
Have a great weekend and remember a new post will be up Monday!


Block Basketball

This simple activity is a great alternative to tv during extra early mornings, rainy days or just to have fun!
  1. Gather your materials. I used soft blocks, with my 15 month old because they are easy to grab but don’t roll away. With little guys rolling balls can be frustrating if they roll away as they are trying to make a basket. Bean Bags are great for this too!
  2. Get something to be the basket, I am using a small clean garbage can because my son has a slight obsession and he was in heaven , also it’s light and easy to handle. Laundry baskets, buckets and even just a target on the floor works too.
  3. Start playing. With little guys simply fill and spill , while they are handling a certain color label it for them, encourage them and toss some in yourself! Practice taking turns , it’s a great side lesson.
  4. For older children the sky is the limit, You can ask them to pop in a certain color, or even give them riddles to figure out. Like ” can you throw the bean bag that is the same color as mommy’s shirt?” Also you can grab a tape measure and see if you can make a basket at 1 foot away, 2 feet away…3 feet away! Or even just see who can make the most baskets in a row!

** This is a great group or circle time activity, although I would not throw the blocks or bean bags at circle time. You can have the children take the colors out, or put them in and identify them as they do. You can also use other objects that follow your curriculum such as different models of sea life or shapes! The sky is the limit and kids love this type of activity so much they forget they are learning! **

Parent and Tot Project !

Pine cone
Pumpkin

I had a grand idea and while it didn’t turn out the way I envisioned it was still fun to make with my son and I will share it here.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need pine cones, paint, a green pipe cleaner and a hot glue gun.
  2. Start by mixing red and yellow together to make orange paint. This craft uses a lot of paint so we took this opportunity to have a color lesson and my son loves to mix paint.
  3. My plan was to use a paint brush but my son found that rolling the pine cones was faster and better than a brush. So roll!
  4. Let the pine cones dry.
  5. This is the parent part of the craft, I used a ton of hot glue ! Lay out the first level and then glue together.
  6. Add another layer or two. filling in the gaps.
  7. When you are happy that it looks like a pumpkin twist the pipecleaner to look like a stem and glue it in.
  8. Try not to hurt your husband when you ask him if he knows what it is and he replies ” Cute Grapes!” .