Halloween

Halloween Napkin Rings

Have your child help decorate the table this Halloween with fun and creative homemade napkin holders. Take empty toilet paper or paper towel tubes (cut them if necessary) and help your child cover them in construction paper or tissue paper. Then cut fun Halloween shapes out of construction paper: pumpkins, ghosts, cats, and so on. Have your child decorate the Halloween figures, then glue them on ...(read more)

Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Pasta Bones

This pasta skeleton is easily made from a few different types of pasta glued to a piece of black construction paper. When you're done, you'll have a great Halloween decoration that you can also use to teach your child the names of some of our bones. Put several different kinds of pasta on the table. Have the kids choose pieces of pasta and arrange them on the paper in ...(read more)

Spider Webs

Create your own spider webs to hang from the ceiling! Prepare 1 cup cooked spaghetti noodles and let them cool. Then pour some glue into a bowl. Have your child dip each noodle into the glue and place it on wax paper. Repeat with all the noodles, forming a cobweb design. Once the glue has dried, remove the "web" from the wax paper. You ...(read more)

A Human Spider Web

This is a Halloween party game that works well when the parents play with the children. The children sit in a large circle with one adult sitting next to each child. Take a large ball of yarn and have the child throw it across the circle to another child. The parent should hold on to the yarn before ball is thrown. Continue throwing the yarn back and forth until a ...(read more)

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Halloween Goo

Combine the ingredients listed to make a squishable, oozy material. This is great at Halloween! It can be placed in a wicker basket in a doorway, and it will ooze out. Or place it in a container and have kids feel it while blindfolded. If the material gets on clothes, vinegar will take it out. If it gets in hair, use mayonnaise to break it ...(read more)

Paper Plate Spiders

Create some homemade spiders this Halloween. Have your child draw spider faces on paper plates. Then cut strips of black construction paper for the legs. Have your child help you glue them onto the back of the paper plate. This craft is a great way to make Halloween fun and silly for the littlest ones.(read more)

Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkin Patch

Have children find places in the room and crouch down to look like pumpkins. The adult begins by walking around the room saying: "Pumpkin Patch, pumpkin patch. Looking for a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch. Here's one nice and fat, turn into a jack-o-lantern just like that!" The adult then stops and taps the child closest to her on the word "that." The child then gets up and joins adult ...(read more)

Spider Bites

This is a fun food activity that involves no cooking! Take a Ritz cracker and spread cream cheese on the top. Place another cracker on top. Have your child stick 4 pretzels on each side of the cracker into the cream cheese so they will stay. Place two dots of cream cheese on the top cracker and let your child place one raisin on each. You ...(read more)

Pin the Heart on the Skeleton

Buy a pre-made paper Halloween skeleton, or draw your own on a big sheet of paper. Tape a heart where a normal heart would be; then get red construction paper and help your kids cut out little hearts. Put pieces of tape on the back of each heart. Blindfold the kids, spin them around, and have them try to place their heart in the right spot on ...(read more)

Gauze Mummy

Take an empty toilet paper tube. Help your child to wrap gauze around it, creating layers that overlap in some areas and fold in others. You can either tuck the layers into each other or use a bit of glue to secure ends. Glue on some googly eyes near one end to create a mini-Halloween mummy. You can also use a paper towel tube and cut it ...(read more)

A Ghostly Haunting

Begin by drawing some simple ghost figures on paper, using the best ones as patterns for cutting ghosts from the foam. Once you have a few good ones to use as patterns, place those on top of your sheet of foam (or foam board) and trace around the edges. Cut out with a craft knife or scissors. Then, post your new ghostly friends in windows using clear tape, ...(read more)

A Huge Halloween Spider

Make this the center of your Halloween table: 1. Take an empty one-gallon milk jug. 2. Cover it round and round with black tape. 3. Take green or yellow tape and cut it into circles to make eyes for the spider. Make sure to have handle side of jug facing down when you create the face. 4. Take pipe insulation tubes and tape to ...(read more)

Egg Carton Spiders

Make your own spooky Halloween spider! Cut apart the bottom of an egg carton. Give your child one egg section to color and draw a spider face on the front. Poke four (or eight!) black pipe cleaners through the side of the carton section and bend to look like spider legs.(read more)

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Bat Chips

Preheat your broiler. Using Halloween cookie cutters, cut each tortilla into bat and other Halloween shapes. Lightly brush both sides of each creature with oil. Arrange on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan. Broil, flipping once when they begin to brown. When brown on both sides, lightly sprinkle with salt.(read more)

Pumpkin Buckets

An adaptation of "Bozo Buckets." Line up plastic pumpkin buckets (found at grocery store or other Halloween supply store) in a straight line and have your child (or children) toss in small bean bags, starting with the bucket closest to them. See how many they can get in the buckets! You can keep score and give prizes, or play just for fun.(read more)

Monster Toes Snack

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut a wedge into one end of each cocktail wiener to make a toenail. 2. Cut the tortillas into strips about 4 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. Discard any leftover tortilla. 3. Soften the strips in the microwave between damp paper towels for 10 to 30 seconds. 4. Roll each wiener in a tortilla strip and secure with a ...(read more)

Real Bug Juice

1. Mix the strawberries and lemonade concentrate in a blender until smooth and thick. 2. Gradually add ginger ale. 3. Transfer the beverage to a punch bowl. Stir in any remaining ginger ale and the raisins. Place the gummy worms on the rim of the bowl for a swampy effect. Older kids love to help with the stirring and bugs. Makes 10 ...(read more)

Halloween Spiders

1. Bend a black pipe cleaner into a V shape. Push the base of the V up through one of the button's buttonholes until it protrudes 1/2 inch. Then, bend the 1/2-inch length over the top of the button. Use the same method to thread the three other pipe cleaners through the remaining buttonholes. 2. Next, shape the legs (there should be eight, of course!) by ...(read more)

Mummy Wrap

With a group of children, have the kids choose their delegate to become a mummy by wrapping him or her in toilet paper! Likely, they'll all want a turn and then can chase each other around as mummies!(read more)

Tactile Spider Webs

On a sheet of black card stock, use a pencil to draw a spider web. Using regular Elmer's glue or glitter glue, trace the spider web outline. Once it dries, your child can feel the web with her fingertips. You can also make your glue creation on waxed paper and peel it off once it dries to make a perfect home for a plastic spider or two.(read more)

Halloween Candy Store

Don't want your kids to eat all that candy? Here is a great way to take some back. Purchase a few small toys you know your kids will like and think of a few places they have been begging you to take them. Then set up a store where you kids can shop and buy those things with candy currency. For example, a trip to the ...(read more)

Spider treats

Have your child cut 2 pieces of black string licorice into 4 pieces each, making eight equal pieces in all. Stick each of these pieces into a large-sized marshmallow (four on each side to make spider legs). Add two mini-chocolate chips for eyes and you have a sweet and slightly scary treat! (read more)

Fingerprint Spiders

With a black marker or Sharpie, draw a giant spider web on a piece of butcher paper. Put little fingers, one at a time, on ink pads (black or multicolor) and place fingers on spiderweb. You or your wee one can draw a silky thread to each spider, add eight legs, eyes and mouth for some happy, silly spiders. You can also try this with orange ink ...(read more)

Pin the Nose on the Jack O' Lantern

This is a simple spin on the Pin the Tail on the Donkey game. Using foam board and either markers or poster board, make a large pumpkin and paste it on the foam board. Next, cut out black eyes and a mouth and add it to the pumpkin. Then cut out lots of triangles for the nose and be sure to number them and add sticky tape ...(read more)

Spider-Webbed Fun Foods

I love to make this with the traditional seven-layer Mexican dip for parties, but you can do it on lots of other round food items like pizza, pancakes and quesadillas, just to name a few. I will give you an example based on the seven-layer dip, but feel free to experiment. Using your favorite recipe, make the seven-layer dip in a round baking dish and after the top ...(read more)

Ghost-Ghost-Witch

This is a variation of duck-duck-goose called "ghost-ghost-witch." Choose one child to be the "witch" and have the rest of the children sit facing each other in a circle. The witch will then go around the circle, saying ghost-ghost -ghost.......witch. Then the witch has to chase the ghost, and if she catches the ghost before he or she gets back to the empty spot in the circle, ...(read more)

Edible Spiders

Easy-to-make spiders for Pre-K kids. Purchase a box of Hostess Ding Dongs -- they are round and chocolate. Then give each child 8 pretzel sticks and 2 red hots. The pretzels sticks get pushed into the sides to serve as legs and the red hots are put on the top to be the eyes. When the kids are done, they can eat their creations!(read more)

Tree Ghosties

These are easy-to-make ghosts to adorn your trees or fences. Take a large square of white fabric and lay a Styrofoam ball in its center. Then, wrap the fabric around the ball and fasten it with white rope or string, creating the flowing body of the ghost. Next, use a needle and thread to add a heavy duty thread or string to the top of the ball/head. ...(read more)

Halloween Twister

Take an old white sheet and paint rows of witch hats, pumpkins, ghosts and black cats. Be sure to mix them up. Then make flashcards -- four for each symbol (e.g. right hand pumpkin, left hand pumpkin, right foot pumpkin, left foot pumpkin). Then have the "Twister Master" shuffle the cards and put them in a stack. The "Twister Master" then calls the game by pulling cards ...(read more)

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Pumpkins for Toddlers

After your toddlers have picked out their perfect pumpkins, have them create their own jack o' lanterns using pre-cut felt shapes. Cut out various shapes of noses, eyes and mouths and let your child decide which ones to put together to create the perfect face. If you use double sided sticky tape to adhere the felt to the pumpkin, the felt pieces can easily be removed. As ...(read more)

Fishing for Pumpkins

This idea takes a little work, but once you have done it you can use it year after year. Purchase plastic golf balls and spray paint them orange. Next, using permanent marker, draw different silly and spooky faces on them. Let dry. Place these balls in a sink or kiddie pool, and give your children strainer nets or fish nets to catch them. Each child can put his or ...(read more)

Pumpkin Hunt

This is an easy and fun twist on the egg hunt at Easter. You can purchase large packs of small pumpkins and gourds from your local grocery store or Wal-Mart. Depending on how many kids you have, you may need several packs. Once you've bought the pumpkins, hide them around the yard and send the kids on a hunt with their trick or treat sacks. We ...(read more)

Three Little Witches

Sung to the tune of "Three Little Indians"; sing these words and do the accompanying hand motions with your little one. One little, two little, three little witches (Count on fingers); Fly over haystacks & fly over ditches (Stretch arms out like a bird); Fly over moonbeams without any hitches (Stretch arms out like a bird); Hey its Halloween night; One little, two little, three little witches. (Count on fingers); ...(read more)

Halloween Bingo

Make Bingo Cards with various Halloween images on them, such as ghosts, pumpkins, skulls, witch hats, spiders, black cat faces, etc. (For a quicker way, you could also use Halloween stickers.) If you want, you can also replace the word "bingo" at the top of each card with the word "ghost" or "candy." Then make the chips to draw out of a bowl (e.g. G witch hat, ...(read more)

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Pumpkins in the Patch

Get several pieces of green construction paper. Label each piece of paper with a number, from one through ten. These pieces of paper will be the "pumpkin patches." Then cut out pumpkins (or find some pre-cut ones at the craft store). Help your children place the correct number of pumpkins in each pumpkin patch. Great for counting and number recognition!(read more)

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Ghostly Garland

This Halloween craft is also great way to recycle! Gather some used tissue paper or newspaper. Cut or tear the paper into pieces that are about 1' x 1' (if using newspaper, make the squares a little smaller). Have your child wad the paper up tightly into balls. Take a full piece of tissue paper or facial tissue and wrap it around the paper ball to ...(read more)

Ghost Stick Puppets

Trace around your child's foot, with shoe on, on a piece of white construction paper or card stock. Have child cut out the shoe print and add a spooky face. Glue it to a popsicle stick and you have a ghost stick puppet!(read more)

Lollipop Ghosts

Want to make your Halloween treats fun and unique without spending a lot of time or money? Turn your lollipops into ghosts! Your trick-or-treaters will love them! Cut squares of white tissue paper that are about 6" x 6", or you could also use facial tissues. Wrap the tissue around round suckers or lollipops, and tie with white, orange, or black string or ribbon. Have ...(read more)

Gluey Ghost Necklaces

Place a piece of waxed paper on top of a paper plate. Give your child a glue bottle and have him squeeze out the glue into the shape of a ghost. Let the glue dry completely and then have your child peel the ghost from the waxed paper. If you wish, your child can also draw a face in permanent black marker. Poke a hole in the ...(read more)

Spider Pretzel

Spread peanut butter on a round cracker. Position 4 pretzel sticks on each side, like spider legs. Press the pretzels into the peanut butter, and place another cracker on top. Use peanut butter to attach raisins on top as eyes.(read more)

Jack-o-Lantern Cheese Snack

Using a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter, cut a pumpkin out of a slice of cheese. Use raisins to design a jack-o-lantern face on the pumpkin. It's a fun and healthy snack that kids can help make!(read more)

Paper Bag Monsters!

Begin with a plain brown grocery bag. Open up the bag as if you were going to place groceries in it. Close the bag at the top and fold the top down a couple of times. Then staple the top together. This will be the monster torso. Get colorful construction paper & cut out head, arms & feet shapes. Your child can then color ...(read more)

Halloween Pumpkin Party

Host a pumpkin-decorating party for the kids in your neighborhood. Buy small pumpkins (or have people bring their own) and provide carving tools, patterns, as well as paint, markers, stickers, etc. for kids to safely decorate with. The kids love getting all gooey together while cleaning out the pumpkins and often help clean the pumpkin seeds for cooking/eating. It's great fun and puts the kids in great ...(read more)

Egg Carton Bats

Create these spooky bats to hang around your house. Begin by cutting off one cup of an egg carton. Have your child paint it black and then glue on googly eyes and a red pipe cleaner or yarn mouth. Next, cut two wings out of black construction paper or poster board. Help your child glue to the egg carton, towards the back of the bat's "body." ...(read more)

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Separation Anxiety and the First Few Weeks of School

Aug
28
2014

Is your child heading off to preschool for the first time this fall? Are you worried that she will cling to you for dear life and refuse to enter the classroom? Some children waltz into the new classroom, wave goodbye to their parents, and then get

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