Halloween skeleton craft fun!

Happy October! Time is just flying on by… Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s time to have some fun with decorations, crafts, and more!

 

Halloween Craft Idea

Since the weather in New England is starting to get chilly, we have been finding more indoor activities to do as a family. Last year, we came across this cute idea of creating cotton swab skeletons online, and here’s our take on it.

Swabs

My husband, Michael, is very particular with the swabs we use in our household. For our baby shower (over three years ago) we got gifted these safety cotton swabs that we tried using for a little while. Apparently these “safe” swabs didn’t cut it for him.

Because I don’t like throwing stuff away, I stored them in my basement with my craft supplies. They have been waiting patiently to make an appearance!

Finally, during Halloween last year we got crafty!

Skeleton Craft Creation

Materials needed:

  • Newspaper / junk mail 🙂
  • Black construction paper
  • White paint (washable)
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue (liquid)
  • Cotton Swabs (any kind)
  • Eye balls (optional)

Directions:

Spread out newspaper to cover table and set up your white paint, brushes, glue, cotton swabs, and black construction paper. Get creative.  Abstract art is super fun for the littles. And, if your little one can recognize and write letters, you can incorporate ABC’s and voila – another learning experience! 

Project Goals:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Creative arts
  • Cultural studies 
  • Literacy

Here are our skeleton creations:) 

Toddler Lesson: Apples

 

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Fall is just around the corner.  You know what that means? Apples, apples, and more apples! Can’t believe it’s already that time of year. 

Last fall, I was very much into the homeschooling “thing”. This year, my now 3-year old will be attending preschool four days a week for 2 1/2 hours a day! Wow, that a difference, huh? I went from planning lessons and organizing playgroups to having time to myself. Praying for a cleaner and more organized house this year 😉

Here’s some of the highlights from our apple-themed lesson plan.

Apple-themed toddler lesson plan

It was an apple-packed lesson plan! We sorted apples and made apple VOLCANOS too:)  We used this Apple Felt activity my son and I created.

ten red apples felt board activity making

It ended with all the kids snacking on some apple sauce, freeze-dried apples, and sipping on some apple cider. 

if we only had apple cider donuts to add to the mix…

Toddler lesson: corn 🌽 🍿

After our very first toddler lesson at home focusing on pumpkins, I received some feedback for which I was very grateful.

The kids has a blast, and they learned and retained a lot of the material we covered.

Attention

Our focus is simply to grab the kids’ attention. They’re so little and have trouble paying attention. And when the kids are put in an environment that’s different or new there are so many distractions, everywhere. It’s unavoidable. But, we try to minimize them.

Corn Lesson Plan

Sticking to the autumn theme, this past week’s lesson was focused on corn! There are a lot of things made out of corn so we ended up shucking corn after watching a YouTube video about Corn on the Cob. And then we did a few sensory activities while we read some books.

Here is a picture of my lesson plan board!

Toddler lesson plan board focusing on CORN

Corn Structured Play

Our biggest class yet. Five kids vs. three kids made a difference! Just a lot going on all at once…good noise of course!

Also, there were a lot of activities to cover, but the transition was nice because I tried to plan it so the kids had a few songs and then books and then back to some sort of craft so they didn’t get bored.

Overall, it was a very fast-paced lesson focused on play.

Here is a printout focusing on the letter C, corn, and the Chinese character with pinyin for corn.

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Once we finished with the lesson portion of the lesson, we went upstairs and munched away on corn snacks!

Corn snack ideas!

  • Corn muffins
  • Corn chips
  • Tortilla chips with salsa
  • Corn on the cob with or without butter
  • Spanish corn snack called Quicos (found at Whole Foods)
  • Popcorn

Popcorn Flavor Station

Why not make it fun and interactive for your toddlers and friends? You can create a popcorn station where kids can experiment with different types of seasonings. I whipped out my seaweed and other spices from my spice rack, as well as some mainstream spices, such as cinnammon with sugar

Popcorn with flavor station

Get your own brown paper bags and shake ’em up with your favorite popcorn seasonings. Of course, my child went for it and made a pile of “Bangkok Blend” seasoning along with Chili Powder!

Mixing different flavors for popcorn seasoning

Hopping Corn

Oh and if you’re wondering about that large glass vase on the left-hand corner in the above picture, that was our hopping corn activity we found on www.onetimethrough.com.

Here is the link if you’re interested! http://onetimethrough.com/hopping-corn-science-activity/

The AftermathPopcorn lesson aftermath - homeschooling my toddler

Popcorn galore!  Yes, there were popcorn and kernels everywhere. It smelled like a movie theatre once we were finished with our lesson for the day! Lots of cleaning post-lesson. Thankful for all of the helpful moms in the group <3.

Welcome to parenthood. Done messy!

I hope you enjoyed reading and browsing through pictures:) Until next lesson….