When Halloween comes, it brings lots of crafty fun for the whole family, but it can get quite expensive when shopping for craft supplies, so here are Katie Jane’s top 3 places to find some crafting bargains!  You can also use items from around the house – the inside of cereal boxes makes a wonderful base for cutting out shapes to make masks for Halloween!

1.   Diaso has great stock of card, paper, lolly pop sticks, pom poms and other fun items for sticking and crafting with.

2.   LuLu hypermarket in Al Barsha have a whole section of craft items including glue, packs of feathers, foam and lots more!

3.   Carrefour has some great supplies for making playdoh, they sell cream of tartar and also natural gel food colourings.

Spooky spider handprints

These are super cute to make with your little ones and even with older kids who like dipping their fingers + toes into paint too!  They can be made into cards or cut out and threaded onto a string for a Halloween bunting decoration.

Your will need:

  • Baby safe paint. You can buy a non-toxic paint suitable for little ones from @theearlylearningcentre however if you have time, making it can be fun too. Visit @katiejanedubai and you will find this in the messy play IG highlights.
  • Card.
  • Google eyes. They can easily be made – white + black card cut into little circles.
  • For the spooky spider handprints, we have dipped little hands into the paint and printed them onto some card. Colours are totally optional – white, green, orange are all fun and spooky Halloween colours! The googly eyes are 2 little circles cut out of card and stuck onto the spiders.

Have fun and getting messy is all part of the fun!

Sensory Halloween Bin

You will need:

  • Rice.
  • Orange food colouring.
  • Halloween or Autumn themed items (size appropriate for age of child). You will be surprised what you have at home, however if you do need a few items you can get some little spooky items at Diaso – Spiders, mini ghosts, witches’ hat and more!
  • Scoop / tongs.
  • Large Tupperware box.

To make the sensory rice:

  1. Add 3 cups of rice to a zip lock bag.
  2. Add a small blob of orange gel colouring (options as you can also use green or red as Halloween colours if you have these colours at home).
  3. A TSP of vinegar.
  4. Seal the bag and shake until all the rice is coloured!  Little ones love this, so let them help with the shaking!
  5. Empty the rice onto a towel and leave to dry for 30 minutes.

Add the coloured rice to a plastic box or bowl.  Put in some Halloween items and a scoop / tongs and let your little one explores. If you have a 3+ year old, you can make a scavenger hunt sheet and see if they can find all the items which are hidden in the rice.

Get the most out of your pumpkin this year!

Paint your pumpkin

Potion pot

Pumpkin Muffins

Carving

Compost

If your child is not old enough to cut a stencil out their pumpkin, then painting it can be just as fun!

Pumpkin potion pot

Making the soda shapes

  • In a bowl add 1cup of baking soda.
  • Add water using a squirty bottle until the mixture starts to bind – do this slowly.
  • Put the mixture into an ice cube tray and sit over night to harden.

Later….

  • Cut the top off your pumpkin
  • Scoop out the inside of the pumpkin – set aside for the muffins
  • Fill pumpkin with vinegar to the top and add a drop of food colouring to colour the vinegar.
  • Add the soda tablet and wait for your very own Hubble and bubble, toil and trouble!

Recipe for pumpkin muffins

Don’t waste the pumpkin flesh when you can make muffins!!

You can find a recipe here: https://lovelylittlekitchen.com/best-ever-pumpkin-muffins/

Some more Halloween favourites!

Halloween Song

Trick or Treating joke

Halloween story: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

All activities require adult supervision. Provided by Katie Jane, a play-based company for ages 0-4 years.  They offer a variety of classes for little ones to enjoy bespoke child led activities, social interaction and play whilst their parents enjoy getting stuck into the experience alongside them, re-learning the art of play and meeting other like-minded parents.

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