Witch’s cauldron – sensory bin

October is all about Halloween. It is the time to do Halloween activities , listen to Halloween songs and decorate our house with scary things. This year we’ve been playing with the old games but I wanted something new. As Little L. wanted to dress up as a witch, I thought a cauldron sensory bin would be great.

What you need:

  • a cauldron (I bought ours in the Flying Tiger Shop)
  • corn kernels (I used 2 and a haft tubs of popcorn kernels)
  • “scary” manipulatives (plastic eyes, spiders, skeletons, pumpkins, snakes, black cats, ghosts etc. you can see my choice of manipulatives in the video below)
  • cards with numbers on (I used cards from 1-6)

How to prepare it:

I poured one tub of corn kernels into the cauldron and added some of the manipulatives then added another tub of kernels and placed in some more scary figurines. It wasn’t enough to cover them all, so I added another half tub.

I presented the sensory cauldron to E. first, because I wasn’t sure how many creatures I put in and actually she tested the game.

She (at the age of 7 and a half) enjoyed finding surprises in the corn.

To be on the safe side, to save some time of cleaning up the kernels I put a tray under the cauldron.

She did the counting. That was when we realised I’d put in 6 different kinds of manipulatives. Originally, I’d made 5 cards only, but at this point I added another card, no. 6, instead of taking away something from the cauldron.

One of the manipulatives were pumpkin-shaped tea lights. E. turned them on and put them back into the cauldron. Spooky.

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After playing with the cauldron we put everything back and it was waiting for Little L. to explore.

She also took great pleasure in dipping her little hands into the full cauldron and find the creatures inside. And it goes without saying that you can do this activity only in your Halloween (witch) costume.

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Our new nanny was around at that time so the girls were searching for the scary creatures with N.

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It was real funny when Little L. called the eyeballs “bally eyes” 😀 Check the video on this link.

I wish you all a Happy Halloween with this fun activity.

Happy Halloween!

Our preparation for Halloween started more than a month ago with the skeleton craze (see a post about it). E. has really been excited about this holiday. She didn’t get the spooky part. She thought ghosts, skeletons and witches are funny and fell in love with the jack-o-lantern.

We, parents, did a lot of preparation for the big day, which was the 30th instead of the 31st October.

It all began in the nursery. A little costume party was organised in the afternoon and parents were invited. The kids had a short performance of singing and dancing in Hungarian and mostly in English. Songs like these:

Knock, knock trick or treat who are you?

Can you make a happy face?

E. knows them well enough as we’ve been watching nothing else but Halloween songs since she saw the Dem bones song:

E. knew exactly what she wanted to dress up as from the very beginning. What else than a skeleton. (I got her skeleton costume -pyjamas- from H&M).

As a part of the party the kids could have a look at how a pumpkin is carved into a jack-o-lantern.

Little helpers
Partying hard

The fun continued at home with our welcoming jack-o-door …

… and the MEC (Mums’ English Club) Halloween party.

 

Guests are arriving in costumes

 

We added face paint to maximise the scariness
MEC group

 

Mummies, oat-pumpkin biscuits and other snacks

Batman is playing with the balloon, Pumpkin and Spider are looking for some toys, Fairy wants her Mommy in the backround and Skeleton is just gazing into air. 
What a company!

The parties, the excitement, the food, the costumes, the decorations and the atmosphere were all great and memorable for both parents and their little ones. See you next year!

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!!

Not so scary crafts for Halloween

Halloween is here in less than two weeks and E. is so excited about it. She has already chosen what to dress up as (a skeleton – what else a 2 and half year old girl wants to be?)

I’m trying to do some Halloween projects with her.

The first one was a skeleton out of cotton buds. I found this easy cutton bud skeleton craft idea on a fellow blogger mommy’s site. (Q-tip is the equivalent of cotton buds in the US)

What you need:

  • cotton buds
  • black coloured or construction paper
  • glue
  • printed or drawn skull

 

She loved the skulls at first sight

Gluing in progress
(I was making it with her to show her how to and where to put the bones. Although she’s got and almost perfect knowledge of bones of the skeleton. I’ll write about our little skeleton craze in a later post)

Final touch
Witch-craft (source: Toddler Approved!)

This craft idea combines Halloween, shapes  and colours. While E. was in the nursery I cut up the shapes  and when we arrived home the sticking could start. (I should have chosen some more colours – she wanted to add red eyes)

  • orange rectangles for the hair
  • black rectangles and big triangles for the hat
  • small black triangles for the nose
  • green circle for the head – could be any other colour
  • pink small and bigger rectangles, semi-circles for eyes eyebrows, lips etc.
At first we identified the colours and the shapes
Then we put together the witch

 

Funny witch… not scary at all – stated E. happily.

I found it really cool with those eyes 🙂