bats, pumpkins, and ghosts (oh my!)

October 15, 2009 at 7:02 am (autumnal awesomeness, craftiness n' colors, halloween, holiday)

“Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you.”

– Classics IV
Its been cold, overcast, and rainy on our side of the world – which means we’ve had EXTRA time for indoor play. Since I refuse to let the Puff watch TV all day, that means finding something for her to do. . . and guess what we found?! Yeah… more Halloween crafts! Don’t worry, I only have a few more ideas bubbling in my cauldron brain, and then we’ll be done (and onto Thanksgiving!)
For these two, I made ‘ stencils’ out of construction paper for her – one of a bat, and one a Jack o’ lantern. After explaining the concept of stencils, I gave her several sheets of paper, and she went to town. Super simple – and the kid really liked this one!

We had to hand-make black paint, since it didn’t come with our uber-colorful paint set, but I’d say dark grayish-brown gets the point across! It actually dried pretty blackish, and the black glitter we added later helped with that, too! (black, orange, and white Halloween glitter for $1 at Joanne’s!) Notice the giant black towel serving as a smock in these pics. I wasn’t going to mess around with the washabillity of black paint.
*note to self – add smocks to Puff’s Christmas list*
We also snagged some Halloween cookie cutters from the dollar store this weekend. T used the ghosts and the pumpkins as stampers… another fun project that didn’t really involve me too much. I like that kind – and she, of course, had a grand old time. . .

The next day sent us more cold and rainy gloom, and an increasingly cabin-feverish toddler. After wracking my brains, I decided that we could make a poster. So I cut out all of the letters that spell Happy Halloween, and all of her pretty pictures from the day before, and she went to town. She had such a great time with the letters. I’d tell her which letter we needed next, and she’d dig through the pile until she found it – with extreme triumph and excitement.

Then all of her past creations were glued on. . .

Several applications of Halloween-y glitter later, TA DA! Our new Halloween Poster is hanging on Puff’s Wall of Creation!

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