Inspired by the yarn pictures Creative Jewish Mom made for Rosh HaShana, we’ve been making some woollen decorations today. We cut out some shapes from card, squeezed on lots of glue and then wrapped our wool around the shape. Thick wool is better for little fingers, and while B liked curling the wool round neatly, L preferred to have a big tangle on hers – there are no rules of course so let your children decide how precise they want to be! These are the Halloween ones we made – there are some leaves to come too but we haven’t decided whether we’re going to make a collage with them or use real branches to display them. (I’ll post a picture of them once we’ve decided.)
Halloween Memory Game
This is a good game to play at a Halloween party, espcially if you need a little sitting down time amidst all the monster giddiness!
You need to make a set of Halloween playing cards: two copies of each picture. You can use printed clipart pictures, photos from previous Halloweens or you could draw your own. Include a selction of witches, ghosts, bats, pumpkins, broomsticks, cauldrons, monsters…
Cut out the pictures and glue them onto pieces of card – to keep a Halloween theme you could use orange card and even cut them into pumpkin shapes.
To play: place all the cards face down. In turn, each player turn over two cards. If they match, they keep them. Keep playing until all the pairs are matched up. Whoever has the most pairs is the winner.
This is a great game for developing memory as it challenges you to remember where the matching cards are. It also help children learn to take turns and play fair – and teaches that you can’t always be the winner but you can have fun taking party.
We have lots more Halloween ideas on the way!
Halloween art using wax crayons
I often find that the things I remember from my childhood turn out to be the activities my girls love the most. There’s no need to feel we have to constantly been innovative or really push the boat out with elaborate crafts when it’s the simple things that make L say ‘Wow! It really works!’. These wax crayons couldn’t be simpler but they have a little magic which B & L loved.
We used a paper plate, which had a waxy finish which worked better for us than plain paper, and scribbled on lots of wax crayon. We went with orange and green as we were making Halloween pictures but a rainbow would be really good too. Then we coloured right over the top with a black wax crayon. L thought this was rather daring! We used a wooden skewer (with the pointy end snapped off) as our pens and drew our pictures. Of course, as you scratch off the black the picture underneath is revealed. Cool! That’s the witch versoin of me by the way, with the green hair and extravagant eyebrows – thanks B.
Have a try – see what you can create.