Frozen Banana Ghost Treats

When I was going through past posts for my Letter B Theme post last week I saw my frozen banana treats tutorial and got an idea to make them into ghosts for a healthy-ish Halloween treat. They were super easy to make. Please note that the jelly beans especially when frozen can be a choking hazard , please take off and let thaw before serving it to a child.

  1. Gather your materials ( or rather ingredients). You will need bananas ( 3 medium cut in half), 3/4 lb of white chocolate chips, table spoon of butter, 6 popsicle sticks, microwavable bowl, baking dish and 12 black jelly beans. Also you will need wax paper for the dish, I was out and my baby was sleeping so I used non stick spray and it worked but wax paper would be better.
  2. Start by cutting the bananas in 2 .
  3. Push a popsicle stick into the bananas.
  4. Pour your chips into a microwavable bowl, add the butter and melt. What worked for me was to do 30 seconds, stir, 30 seconds, stir, 20 seconds and stir. Watch it carefully it burns easily.
  5. Dip and cover the bananas with the white chocolate.
  6. Place in the pan ( on wax paper or non stick spray), and add the jelly beans for eyes.
  7. Freeze .2 hours was perfect for us, bananas weren’t rock hard.
  8. Serve. Don’t forget about the jelly beans, pop them off and let thaw before eating.

Easy Handprint Bat Craft For Kids

 

It’s October so let’s get ready for Halloween! This easy bat craft for kids doubles as fun Halloween decor. For families that choose not to participate in Halloween this craft can still be useful, simply leave out the red fangs and change up the color scheme.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need black, red and orange construction paper, glue, some crayons, scissors and googly eyes.
  2. Start by having your child draw a bunch of fun night time things on the orange paper, stars, a moon, even and owl would be great! If you can help or little one is still young, or skip it like we did. I added the stars etc… after we were done just for y’all.
  3. Trace your child’s hands on black paper.
  4. Have your child color the hands with a white crayon.
  5. While they are coloring draw a bat head Don’t worry about making mistakes we’ll use the opposite side.and cut out small red fangs.
  6. Cut everything out.
  7. Put two globs of glue on your orange paper for the hands.
  8. Pop the hands on, don’t worry about what sides are up, one of ours is upside down , but make sure they meet in the middle .
  9. Add the head
  10. Glue on the fangs. I usually add the glue then help direct him where to put them, saying things like ” Can you point the triangle down” but if I wasn’t blogging it I wouldn’t be so concerned with how it “looks” . A good tip is to talk about what you are adding saying ” Fangs are big teeth, where should the bat’s teeth go” .
  11. Add the eyes! If your child is still eating things, you can draw eyes on with a white crayon instead.
Song!

5 little bats5 little bats went on a flight
by the light of the moon one night
Mama bat said squeak squeak squeak swack!
but only 4 little bats came back.

4,3,2,1

No little bats went on a flight
by the light of the moon one night
Mama bat said squeak squeak squeak swack!
and 5 little bats came flying back!

Books!

“Stellaluna” by Janell Canon has long been a favorite when teaching about bats. I will warn you it’s a little long for fidgety toddlers but they will still enjoy it even if you skip a few pages. The story follows a little bat who looses her mother and is adopted into a family of birds. She never really feels like she belongs even though she is happy. and likes her bird family. That’s not the end though, there is a surprise reunion and Stellaluna saves the day before the end of this book!
“Where is Baby’s Pumpkin?”

by Karen Katz. This lift and flap book is the newest addition to our Karen Katz collection. My son adores these books. I read this in the check out line 3 times and he was asking for more before I could get my groceries in the fridge. I like this book because it’s a cute and gentle introduction to HalloweenBat  and all the creatures that go along with it. Also there are fun textures to many of the illustrations which help keep little hands busy!