Super cute, super sweet marzipan pumpkins are ever so easy to make. With just two ingredients it’s a Halloween treat the kids can enjoy making just as much as eating. Here’s our sweet pumpkin recipe.
Halloween has many traditions – jack-o’-lanterns, trick or treating, dressing up in scary costumes – but in our house it’s the jelly messy play which is the one which is most looked forward to by the children.
In previous years we’ve had jelly lucky dip inside a pumpkin and in a cauldron, which the kids squish through (if they dare!) to grab sweets which are hidden at the bottom. This year we are going with a sensory tub full of green and orange jelly with some ghoulish treasures to discover and scoop out.
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Are you ready to see our scary monster craft? Made by B, he’s terrifying! Watch the video and all will be revealed.
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Whether you are celebrating Halloween, harvest or the coming of autumn, now is the time to do some pumpkin decorating with your children. We didn’t want to make anything too scary but we did want lots of hands-on, creative fun. We bought some small pumpkins, so everyone could have one each, and set up a decorating station with lots of interesting materials the kids could use to customise their pumpkins.
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Are you ready for our Carnival of Messy Play tomorrow? Come and link up a post on any kind of messy play and help us build a fantastic resource of messy play ideas to share. Any type of messy play, old and new posts welcome. Hope you’ll join us tomorrow.
Here’s our favourite Halloween messy play idea: a jelly lucky dip.
1. Make your jelly – always green for us, and I usually make 4 pints.
2. Choose your pumpkin or cauldron and fill with the jelly – hiding some sweets in there too. (If you’re using jelly-type sweets don’t add them to the jelly until it’s set or the sweets may melt a little.)
3. Get messy – put your hands in the slimy, slurpy monster goo and see if you can find any goodies. Make sure the grown-ups have a go too!
There are lots more ideas for your Halloween party in our Halloween archive.
Carving pumpkins is one of our favourite Halloween traditions and I like to involve the girls as much as possible, even if I’m not quite happy to hand over the carving knife just yet. As you can see, they do the scooping and use a pencil to draw their designs on – which I then cut out for them.
There are other ways your children can get involved with the pumpkin decorating. Anna from The Imagination Tree shared this idea for a sparkly pumpkin, made by her 2 year old Cakie, with last week’s Play Academy – isn’t it fab?
And these jewelled pumpkins were made by Emma, daughter and artist in residence at Mama Smiles.
Are you decorating pumpkins this year? If you are, there’s a fun pumpkin carving competition over at Mediocre Mum‘s, with lots more designs to inspire you.