It’s Child 1’s first Halloween being invited to any parties, and she’s now watched many programmes with the theme. So we made a quick craft that we will be repeating at baby and toddler group this week — monsters (or aliens, apparently).
Paper or card
Collage materials (more paper or card, stickers, googly eyes, and so on — use what you have)
I let Child 1 draw a large shape on some paper and use her scissors to cut it out. Sort of. She drew one shape and cut out another. Then I let her go to town sticking random shapes that I was cutting out, although she did ask for teeth, smiles, ears, hair, arms, and legs.
I then asked her to stick it another piece of paper to function as background, which she cut up, too.
This was quick, practically no-prep, and she really enjoyed the process. Win!
I have — unsuccessfully — been trying to wean Child 1 off being addicted to television. All I’ve managed is to delay the pleas for this week’s favourite, Team Umizoomi. Today’s delaying tactic, though, worked quite well — a static electricity butterfly.
Our first attempt wasn’t so amazing, but according to Child 1, it’s a mummy butterfly.
We made a smaller dragonfly, and another butterfly, then we blew up a balloon and got the wings to flap.
A quick-to-set-up-with-great-results, guaranteed messy fun — do it outside if you have no way of protecting your surfaces.
Paper or card stock
Watercolours (we have the standard tablets of dried watercolours)
Plastic plates, one or more
Mat (we use a shower curtain)
Lay your mat out if you have one and arrange your paper or card stock on top. Pour a small amount of water onto the plate(s) and wet your paintbrush, brush it over the watercolours, then hold your brush over your paper and flick. Child 1, who is three years old, really enjoyed this.