… at our Helen Doron school. We were invited to creat some Christmas-related decorations. It came really handy as at home it is really difficult to do any arts or crafts lately, as Baby Sis… More
Little L. loves taking off and putting on lids of all kinds of containers like plastic boxes, lip balms, jars etc. So I collected a few unused containers, empty bottles and jars to entertain her and help improve her fine motor skills.
Here are the different containers I found around the house.
I took the tops off and put the all in a shoebox:
Little feet came to explore:
She loved finding the matching tops, what’s more she didn’t make a mistake at all. Wow!
We managed to play with the box once. Ever since the tops and containers have been lying all around except for the lip balm, which is the greatest treasure.
It’s L.’s favourite and whenever she can’t find it she asks for it: Can I get it, Labello? or L. find it
E. has been into bugs lately (the influence of some new kindergarten friends) so she decided to be a spider this year at Halloween. I was looking for a spider costume but couldn’t buy the right one hence I made a spider costume for her instead.
The most difficult part was finding a black long-sleeved top in her size (116). In the 3rd shop (H&M) I managed. The basic garment for the spider costume: black long-sleeved top and black tights or leggings with black socks.
What you need – legs:
- black long-sleeved top in your child’s size
- 2 pairs of black tights (I used 60 den tights adult size)
- pillow filler
- black thread
- yarn (E. chose red as it’s more spooky and she said she was a black widow)
How to make it:
- Cut off the tights as long as your child’s arms are or a little shorter (actually we cut off the leg parts at the bottom and after filling them half way we cut them in the right length)
- Fill up the tights with pillow filler (The thicker the tights are the more likely the white filling won’t be visible)
- Sew the openings on the four legs.
- Sew 2 legs on one side and the other 2 on the other side. ( I made E. put on the black top and checked where the legs should go so they are about the same distance from each other. I measured it only on one side and signed it with chalk. Then she took the top off and I folded it half and signed the places of the other legs on the other side too)You can stop here but the legs will be hanging down on the sides.
- At the wrist and the elbow parts of the legs I pulled through a red yard (with a big needle) and sewed them to the top. After trying it on the legs slipped down on the yarn therefore with a small piece of red yarn I tied knots under the top legs to stop the slipping.
What you need – eyes:
- hair band
- black satin ribbon
- 6-8 googly eyes (bigger ones, they can be different in size)
- hot glue gun
How to make it:
- If your hair band is black go to step 2. if it’s not then cover the with the black ribbon (use a hot glue gun and you’ll be ready in no time)
- Glue on 6-8 googly eyes on top of the hair band. E. wanted only 6 as she’s got 2 more that makes 8, just like the number of the legs. You see the logic?
And you’re done. Now you can enjoy the spark in your child’s eyes. Don’t be surprised if your little one will wear it for one more week or even longer after Halloween. She was really proud of her costume in her own reserved way.
The cotton bud skeleton was also an old craft we did with 2-and-a-half-year-old E. She needed a lot of help at that time, but now, when we created it again she did everything all by herself.
She did the cutting of the cotton bud sticks, did the gluing and she even cut the big blue construction paper half perfectly straight (without a helping line).
Everything started with the huge skeleton puzzle we put together. We added white bottle tops as joints.
And then came the cotton bud skeletons. We left L. out of this project as she still likes to put tiny things in her mouth.
So here is how we made the dancing skeletons. Of course, we revised the different bones in our body. Make sure you notice the doble bones in the lower arm, and the lower leg. e. was very accurate to make it right as on the skeleton pyjamas they’re just single bones, which is WRONG.
And here are our skeletons. The dancing bones.
As I was going through the old Halloween blog posts I found the shape witch activity which was so much fun even when E. was only 2 and a half years old. I told her all about it and she got really excited. She wanted to make the shape witch again.
So be it. I though we could involve little L. as well since she’s almost 2 and she loves shapes.
With 2 kids craft projects are challenging indeed hence I prepared the activity by the time our new nanny, N. came to us for a session with E.
I pre-cut the shapes and presented them on a tray. I left some for E. to cut if she wished and she did, of course. She loves cutting.
Both kids enjoyed the witch building from shapes.
L. was fascinated by the glue so after having finished with the witch we stayed a little longer to glue on some shapes randomly. We were practising both shapes and colours, not to mention how well this pushing motion helps to strengthen hand muscles.
And here are the final results:
We have tons of Halloween activities , decorations and tiny figures to play with but I wanted to make something new to the girls. As E. loves the rhyme/song 5 little pumpkins I decided to make something in connection with it.:
What you need:
- 9 popsicle sticks
- 5 felt pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns
- self-adhesive Velcro (or small wooden clothes pegs – this would have been too difficult for little L. to handle so I went for the Velcro to fix the pumpkins on the popsicle sticks)
How to make it:
- I put 5 popsicle sticks next to each other vertically
- I glued 2 popsicle sticks on them horizontally
- I repeated step 2 on the other side then let it dry for an hour
- I put the Velcro on the back of the pumpkins and on the top of the 5 popsicle stick (it’s better to put the rough part of the Velcro on the sticks and the soft ones on the pumpkins)
- I drew Jack-o-lantern faces on the pumpkins
- (optional) I wrote the title of the poem on the gate
The fun could begin. Both girls enjoyed playing with it. E. was chanting the rhyme. L. was taking the pumpkins off and putting them back on, plus she counted them from 1 to 5.
While L. was sitting on the potty and we were playing with the pumpkins on the gate L. was trying to say the poem with me 🙂 A few word she got right like: late, care, fun, run, lights, pumpkin
E. replaced the pumpkins with some felt bats.
There’s more fun to come with the pumpkins on the gate… I’m sure.