Blog Me Mom http://www.blogmemom.com Fun and easy kids Activities Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:08:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Playful Science and Math Activities for Kids http://www.blogmemom.com/playful-science-math-activities-kids/ http://www.blogmemom.com/playful-science-math-activities-kids/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:00:17 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13616 Introducing another FANTASTIC resource for caregivers of young children! We have co authored a wonderful book packed with playful science and math activities – 40 to be specific.

{Our earlier books : Zero-two: play ideas for babies and Three-five: playful preschool}

Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities

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Introducing another FANTASTIC resource for caregivers of young children! We have co authored a wonderful book packed with playful science and math activities – 40 to be specific.

{Our earlier books : Zero-two: play ideas for babies and Three-five: playful preschool}

Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities

Buy Now

  • Fizz, Pop, Bang! is designed to bring hands-on fun and enjoyment to math and science.
  • It is packed with strong learning opportunities in math and science, shared through ideas that incorporate art, play, sensory learning and discovery, for a whole-brain approach.
  • It is suitable for school, home school, summer camps or fun weekend projects.
  • Amazing resource for any mom/caregiver looking to engage his/her child in everyday science.
  • Inspiring ideas, but really practical and everything all in one place
  • Great photos, step-by-step guides, all things you can easily try at home
  • 40 ideas for children aged 3 to 8, with twenty printable resources (inc. math and science graphing and recording sheets, magnet maze, monster match and sort game, print and build 3D solid blocks, rocket math game, tracing shapes, fact family dominoes, catch and count fish game, and engineering challenge cards) and with additional links to over 80 more activities

- $7.99 for two weeks only, then $9.99, so buy now!!

Here are some more sneak peeks into the book.

The book has a fantastic tutorial for making a periscope. Yep! really!

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Almost all of the science experiments presented here are FULL of color. Any activity involving color is a sure fire way to engage a  kid, right?

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The book has fabulous science lessons like this one here – a magic balloon that does NOT POP? A simple science lesson on stress and strain presented with a fun experiment.

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How about  a wonderful collection of kitchen science experiments to engage even your most “can’t sit-still-for-a-lesson-kid”

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If you decide to buy, here is where you do it!

 You can buy this e-book in your native currency and Paypal will handle the conversion for you.

You can buy it now, on any device, and then download it when you are ready. Depending on the apps you have installed and your operating system you might be able to go ahead and download the book on your mobile device. But if you have any doubts or problems, I recommend you use a computer to download the book and then share it to your mobile devices.”

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Corn Crafts and Activities for Kids http://www.blogmemom.com/corn-crafts-for-kids/ http://www.blogmemom.com/corn-crafts-for-kids/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:43:49 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13572 This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links,, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog!

Is it Corn and turkey time yet?  Not quite you say? Well, for those of you who are planners, here is a short and sweet round up of corn crafts and corn themed art projects with a few corn science activities thrown in.…

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Corn Crafts for Kids

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Is it Corn and turkey time yet?  Not quite you say? Well, for those of you who are planners, here is a short and sweet round up of corn crafts and corn themed art projects with a few corn science activities thrown in. For more thanksgiving crafts for kids check out the category page.

Corn Crafts for Kids

Woven Corn Craft from Almost Un Schoolers

Button Corn Craft from Education

Handprint Corn Craft from Craftulate

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Pony Beads Corn Craft from Cutesy Crafts

Corn Craft with real pop corns from The Crafty Morning

Indian Corn Mosaic Craft from No Time for Flash Cards

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Yarn Corn from 3 Dinosaurs

Use real corn to make corn on the cob from Teach Preschool

Paper Roll Corn from Reading Confetti

Tissue Paper Corn Craft from Artsy Momma

Corn Sun Catchers from Sow Sprout Play

Corn themed Art Projects for Kids

Corn Painting from Fun A Day

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Cotton Buds Corn Art from Blog Me Mom

Corn art with pencil erasers from Fantastic Fun and Learning

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Corn Art using pumpkin seeds from I heart Crafty Things

Corn Shakers Musical Craft from Sow Sprout Play

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Simple Corn activities for kids

Corn Math Game from Toddler Approved

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Tweezing Corn Fine Motor Play from Teaching 2 and 3 year olds

Hopping Corn Science Activity from one time through.

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Corn Hauling Pretend Play from Hands on As We Grow

Corn on the Cob lanterns from Artsbye

Corn Squish Bag from Fantastic Fun and Learning

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Coloring Corn kernels from Fun A Day

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 That’s all folks!

Thanks for reading

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Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

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We have also collaborated on another e-book with simple and practical baby play ideas.

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Halloween Crafts for Toddlers : Spooky Wreaths http://www.blogmemom.com/halloween-crafts-for-toddlers-spooky-wreaths/ http://www.blogmemom.com/halloween-crafts-for-toddlers-spooky-wreaths/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:06:08 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13593 This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links,, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog!

Such a fun Halloween craft today! Remember our Holiday themed Christmas toddler craft we did last year? Probably not. Here it is just in case.

We did a Halloween version of it with just a few basic craft supplies

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Use a white paper/Styrofoam plate and paint the edges.…

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Halloween Crafts for Toddlers: Spooky Wreaths

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Such a fun Halloween craft today! Remember our Holiday themed Christmas toddler craft we did last year? Probably not. Here it is just in case.

We did a Halloween version of it with just a few basic craft supplies

materials for wreath

Use a white paper/Styrofoam plate and paint the edges. If you use a paper plate, washable paints would be better. Styrofoam plate needs acrylic paints.

The kids can paint the edges using any color ( Hallowwen themed color if you prefer) Once the edges dry, set out googly eyes of various sizes. Have the kids glue the eyes to the edges. Cut out the edge before or after the eyes are glued on. Cutting out the rim before any gluing would be ideal.

process for wreath making

Gluing the googly eyes to the paper plate is a wonderful fine motor exercise.   You can also  encourage the kid to follow a pattern or leave it as it is. Anything goes. Trying to keep the activity as open ended as possible or for reluctant learners, this will be good chance to get them to explore patterns, counting etc.

gluing halloween wreath

Let them dry for bit..

finished halloween craft for toddlers

Cut the rim out and make the actual wreath. Punch a hole on the top and weave through a decorative Halloween themed ribbon.

hangin wreaths halloween craft

Looks pretty!

paper plate toddler wreaths for halloween

Hang it and enjoy!

Toddler Halloween Craft making spookily simple wreaths

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Halloween Puffy Paint Art

Paper Roll Jack O Lanterns

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Halloween Craft for Kids : Spooky Hands Craft http://www.blogmemom.com/halloween-craft-for-kids-spooky-hands/ http://www.blogmemom.com/halloween-craft-for-kids-spooky-hands/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:24:25 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13561 This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links,, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog!

Today’s post is a super simple Halloween craft all kids will enjoy since it involves hand prints. What’s more? They get to turn them into spooky hands!

Materials

Construction Paper (Orange and Black) Googly Eyes Glitter Glue Paper Edger Scissors (optional)

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On an orange construction paper trace ( or your child can trace) his/her hand.…

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Halloween Craft for Kids : Spooky Hands Craft

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Today’s post is a super simple Halloween craft all kids will enjoy since it involves hand prints. What’s more? They get to turn them into spooky hands!

Materials

  1. Construction Paper (Orange and Black)
  2. Googly Eyes
  3. Glitter Glue
  4. Paper Edger Scissors (optional)

materials for craft

 

On an orange construction paper trace ( or your child can trace) his/her hand. Here you can choose 2 routes. Trace with a little bit of wiggle to add to the spookiness of the handprint and cut along the bumpy outline.

kids craft for halloween

Or you can trace normally and use a paper edger scissors to cut out a bumpy hand print like we did. The below images will show you both the options. One cut with a regular scissors a and one done with a trimmer. This Halloween craft is a good exercise to practice those scissor skills.

After cutting out their hand print, the kids can draw small triangles and cut them out as well. These will be their spooky hands’ nails.

 process of making spooky hands

The top pair are hands cut out using the trimming scissors ( affiliate product link in the materials section)

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Then comes in lots of gluing. I can see this is a fantastic preschool craft for Halloween. Glue those orange nails on the black hand print cut out.

 sticking the nails on halloween crafts

Then “decorate” or rather “spookify” the hands with tons of glitter glue and googly eyes.  Try those peel and stick googly eyes for younger children.

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You can use balled up tissue paper to serve as warts

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The orange nails can also be made more spookier with black glitter glue.

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The center googly eye just captures all the essence of Halloween in this spooky hand .

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Add a couple of Popsicle sticks to the back of the hands and turn them into spooky hands puppets!
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A collection of Halloween Sensory Activities

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Paper Roll Jack O Lanterns

Pumpkin Super Heroes

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50 Halloween Activities for Kids http://www.blogmemom.com/50-halloween-activities-for-kids/ http://www.blogmemom.com/50-halloween-activities-for-kids/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 04:13:56 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13424 This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links,, I will receive a small commission. Thanks for supporting the blog!

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50 Halloween Activities for Kids

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To keep you covered for the upcoming spooky season, we have rounded up some of the funnest Halloween activities for kids. You can choose from Halloween art, Halloween crafts for kids, Halloween sensory activities and even Halloween party games.

Art Projects: Halloween Art

Paint Your Own Halloween Bobble Heads from I Can Teach My Child

Pumpkin Faces Art from Happy Hooligans

Eye Ball Painting from No Time For Flash Cards

A Jack O’ Lantern Mosaic from Itty Bitty Love

Invitation To Create With Edible/Baby Safe Paint from Nate And Rachael

Spider Web Art from Blog Me Mom

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Glow In The Dark Skeleton Handprints from Fun Handprint Art

Silly Halloween Marshmallow Designs from Toddler Approved

Ghost Print Art from Frogs Snails and Puppy Dogs Tails

Halloween Sand Prints from Housing A Forest

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Crafts : Halloween Crafts for Kids

Button Pumpkin Craft from Toddler Approved

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Mutant Toys from Babble Dabble Doo

Glittery Spider Web Craft from Buggy and Buddy

Halloween Cauldron Craft from The Pleasantest Thing

No Sew Ghost Hand Puppet from Mama Smiles

Yarn Pumpkins from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Sticky Witch Craft from Two Daloo

STICKY HAT

Easy Handprint Bar Craft For Kids from No Time For Flash Cards

13 Easy Halloween Crafts For Preschoolers from Preschool Crafts For Kids

Ghosts Of Coffee Past from What Are We Doing Today Mom

Halloween Lanterns from Red Ted Art

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Easy Salt Ghost Craft For Halloween from Crafty Morning

Shaving Cream Mummy Craft For Kids from Crafty Morning

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Shape Witch from Discover Explore Learn

Ghosts and Spider Craft from The Chirping Moms

Haunted House Kids Craft from B-Inspired Mama

Goofy Pumpkin Faces from I Heart Crafty Things

Pumpkin Silhouette Craft from Blog Me Mom

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Jack O’ Lantern Collages Preschool Craft from Reading Confetti

Yarn Wrapped Mummy Ghost Bookmarks from Make And Takes

Yarn Monsters from Hands On As We Grow

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Paper Plate Ghost Halloween Craft For Preschoolers from Makobi Scribe 

 

Sensory Play: Halloween Sensory Play

 

For 20 cool Halloween sensory play ideas visit our exclusive post on the very same topic.

Jack-Lantern Squish Bags from Fantastic Fun and Learning

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Play With Play Doh from Kids Activities Blog

Quick and easy Halloween Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands

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Sparkly Spider Web Play Dough from Two Daloo

Halloween Gak from Mess for Less

Giant Eye Balls Play from Fun at home with kids

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Halloween Party Games and Ideas

 

Glow in the Dark Slime Party Favor from Learn Play Imagine

Glow in the Dark Pumpkin Slime (1)

Halloween Games from The Pleasantest Thing

Spider web game from Teach Preschool

Spider Webs And Ghosts from Dirt And Boogers

Halloween Egg Hunt Fun from Growing A Jeweled Rose

Witches And Warlocks Party from Toddler Approved

Pop Goes The Pumpkin from Martha Stewart

Halloween Party Ideas from Home Grown Friends 

Ideas For A Festive Halloween Bash from Little Birdie Secrets

Halloween Party Ideas from Clean And Scentsible

Giant Homemade Halloween Decorations from My Little 3 And Me

Halloween Projects For Kids from The Chirping Moms

Easy Halloween Countdown from Little Family Fun

Foam Monster Treat Bags from Hands On As We Grow

More from us

Pumpkin Silhouettes Window Decor Craft 

Spider Web Art for Kids 

Glue Mummy Art

Tin Can Mummies

Nature’s Ghosts

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A collection of Halloween Sensory Activities

Halloween Puffy Paint Art

Paper Roll Jack O Lanterns

Pumpkin Super Heroes

Sparkly Pumpkins

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

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Halloween Art: Halloween Scratch Art Project http://www.blogmemom.com/art-activities-kids-halloween-scratch-art-project/ http://www.blogmemom.com/art-activities-kids-halloween-scratch-art-project/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 09:34:33 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13516 Ready for a super easy Halloween art project? Last year our crayon resist spider web art was popular in our home and around the web. Based on the same idea, we created another super easy Halloween art with spider web as a central theme.. Well sort of because kids — they have their own ideas when it comes to art activities and we LOVE them for that!…

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Ready for a super easy Halloween art project? Last year our crayon resist spider web art was popular in our home and around the web. Based on the same idea, we created another super easy Halloween art with spider web as a central theme.. Well sort of because kids — they have their own ideas when it comes to art activities and we LOVE them for that!

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Halloween Art : Halloween Scratch Art Project

{ More art projects for kids and Halloween art  and Halloween crafts on Pinterest}

This art project cannot be more straight forward. We are using the super popular scratch art technique { our first experience with scratch art was with scratch and glitter eggs for Easter}

Materials {affiliate links to the products used are linked below for your reference}

First make your paint! Add a couple of squirts of dish soap ( or hand soap) with 4 tablespoons of black acrylic paint { washable kid-safe kind works} I have not used the real-deal, artist’s acrylics. I always purchase the washable acrylic that come in bottles. I found mine at Jo-Ann’s ( Walmart carries them as well) The soap added to the paint makes the paint stick to the pie pan.

Next paint a clean dry foil pie pan with the black paint covering the entire area. My foil pie pans were the disposable ones from the Dollar Store. Here I chose to paint with black but you can opt for any color – purple and orange may work as well. But black gives you the best effect when the silver color of the foil peeps through the black when scratched.

Let the pie pan dry. It shouldn’t take that long if you are using washable acrylics. Mine probably took about 15 minutes. If you have very eager kids it would be best to have a few pie pans painted black already for them to start scratching. Yes! this is a very fun art activity for kids.

Once the pie pan is dry, it is time to start scratching away. We used a bamboo skewer (goes without saying to please watch your child!) to etch a cool design on the pie pan. Once you start creating on the black pie pan the silver color that shows through is just gorgeous!

halloween art projects with pie pan

I intially had a nice Halloween art project in mind. Doesn’t this spider web etched on the pie plate looks cool? It would really make a great preschool Halloween art project.

halloween art projects with pie pan

But my 4 year old clearly had other plans! She was pretty sure about NOT drawing a spider web but a girl, a house, tree and other “stuff” ( her words)

art projects for kids scratch art

With some uninvited “help’ from her 6 year old sister ( that’s older siblings for you) they created a scratch art scene. It just looks like we created art with a silver pen. But this was all etched on a simple pie plate.

preschooler scratch art

I mean, we are all about simple art activities for kids. I think this one is right up therewith the crayon resist techniques. I’m officially in love with scratch art!

These will look beautiful hanging on your wall.

kids art projects

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Spider Web Art for Kids 

Glue Mummy Art

Tin Can Mummies

Nature’s Ghosts

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A collection of Halloween Sensory Activities

Halloween Puffy Paint Art

Paper Roll Jack O Lanterns

Pumpkin Super Heroes

Sparkly Pumpkins

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

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We have also collaborated on another e-book with simple and practical baby play ideas.

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Super easy spider web art using the scratch technique

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Homemade Paint: Melted Candy Watercolors http://www.blogmemom.com/homemade-paint-melted-candy-watercolors/ http://www.blogmemom.com/homemade-paint-melted-candy-watercolors/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 06:09:41 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=13500 Make sweet smelling homemade paint with just melted candy.

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Homemade Paint: Melted Candy Watercolors

Make sweet smelling homemade paint with just melted candy.

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Once Halloween rolls around and your house is being over run with candy and candy wrappers you will know what to do with all those candy! Rather than eating them or throwing them away much to the chagrin of your children stash away a bunch and make PAINT.

All of our previous candy activities for kids here. Visit my friend Allison’s landing page for a ton of candy activities from a bunch of bloggers.

Materials

  • Laffy Taffy
  • Microwavable Containers
  • Water

Start off with sorting your candy. If the kids can resist the urge to scarf down the candy, enlist their help. The children really work on their fine motor skills while peeling off the wrapper. They brush up on their color recognition while they sort the candy by color.

Materials

I did not take any shots of the melting process inside the microwave well because the pictures almost never come out clear. So I’m just going to use words and you will have to read. HA! Gotcha! No more scrolling down pictures.

Homemade paint recipe : Candy Paint

So for every 4 pieces of Laffy Taffy candy I used 2 TBSP of water. I placed the candy and the water in a glass bowl and microwaved them for about 45 seconds. 

melted candy paint

Once all the candy melts you will be left with smooth looking, gorgeous candy colors. {Don’t you just love simple homemade paint? I mean, you know what just went in there! Taste-safe homemade paint safe even for babies! }

homemade liquid watercolors made with candy

If you either add more candy, less or water OR microwave the contents for a shorter interval you will be left with slightly gunkier colors with some candy bits floating around. While they are ok to use the smoother and clear the colors are the better they flow on paper.  Having said that i like the thickness of the paint if made with slightly more candy or less water. Please try both and see which one you like the best. Try using 6 candy bits ( 6 Laffy Taffys) and add the same 2 TBSP of water ad microwave for the same 45 seconds and see the difference. Experiment by varying the water, candy and microwave time. Homemade paint is your ideal candidate for experimentation. After trying a variety of combinations we liked this combination the best.

Note: If you going by our recipe of 4 candy bits and 2 tbsp of water try not doubling the recipe. 8 candy bits and 4 tbsp of water yields still gunkier paint( which are thick and have a lot of thickness and texture. You will like that too!) But if you are looking for translucent, sweet smelling water colors then try doing the 4 candy bits and 2 tbsp of water twice. Or add slightly more than 4 tbsp of water for the 8 candy bits.

Homemade paint with melted candy watercolors

Since the candy contains corn syrup and gelatin you will see that this candy paint gets thicker over time.  Simple add 1 TBSP of warm water and you are good to go. The colors are so vibrant by themselves (yikes!) so there is no need to add extra colors. The presence of corn syrup makes the paint so glossy and shiny.

homemade watercolors art

Let your art to dry for a while. Come back and sniff and relish in the amazing candy paint you and your kids just created. Now your art not only looks good but smells good as well.

Thanks for reading

More art recipes can be found on our category page

More play recipes are found here.

Art projects are here

For everything else there is always Pinterest

Yummy smelling homemade liquid watercolors with JUST melted candy_ Easy recipe included

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas. Both the books are on SALE! ENDS 9/14/2014

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Sensory Activities: Halloween Sensory Bin http://www.blogmemom.com/halloween-sensory-bin/ http://www.blogmemom.com/halloween-sensory-bin/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:42:26 +0000 http://www.blogmemom.com/?p=3313 Pinterest and the blogosphere is set ablaze with Halloween crafts and Halloween activities for kids. We are no exception. Instead of a Halloween craft, we are starting off with a Halloween sensory bin which I know will be a hit with my toddler. She loved our Fall sensory bin so much that I had to go back to Dollar Tree to throw together a Halloween sensory bin for her.…

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Sensory Activities : Simple Halloween Sensory Bin

Pinterest and the blogosphere is set ablaze with Halloween crafts and Halloween activities for kids. We are no exception. Instead of a Halloween craft, we are starting off with a Halloween sensory bin which I know will be a hit with my toddler. She loved our Fall sensory bin so much that I had to go back to Dollar Tree to throw together a Halloween sensory bin for her.

Sensory activities are great for kids who no longer mouth. My toddler doesn’t ( for the most part) and I’m very glad to fully take advantage of all the benefits sensory activities have to offer. Simply put, they keep the child engaged and learning. A simple sensory tub with favorite materials creates curiosity and hence the invitation to play is explored and enjoyed.

The base for sensory activities is black beans. If you are feeling brave or lucky enough to have kids who don’t like candy corn, throw in some of those for color.

Since, this sensory bin is going to be a simple one, baby A and I did it together. We poured the black beans together and she played with just those for a while feeling them and pouring them between their hands. Then we added some creepy crawlies in there but didn’t stop with only spiders. We even have a stray rhino in there.

 

After adding all the creepy crawlies, I cut out some orange and black garlands into smaller pieces and stuck them to the insides of the bin.

I have to add that I had my sensory bin under the Halloween Tree. Remember our Fall Tree? No ? I thought so. Click here to see what I’m talking about. That Fall tree has  transformed into our Halloween Tree.

 How we played and learned with be the rest of the post.

Baking became inevitable since we had muffin liners in there.  I bunched quite a few because it had to be firm enough to hold the black beans.  

 

Here are some cupcakes with creature toppings..

 

We also made “soup”  by pouring beans and creatures on top of a pumpkin.

 

After some serious cooking,  we moved on to some colors and number recognition.. Since the bin is brimming with colors, especially orange, black and purple I focused on those three colors for the day.

 I would hide  few orange scorpions and asked her to find them. We had purple and green scorpions too. This game of “I SPY” turned out to be fun for the kid. We spent a lot of time looking for  “ orange scorpions, purple bats, black spiders “ etc.

 

 For numbers, I just wrote down the numbers on foam pumpkins and stuck them to the insides of the box.   First, all she wanted to do was peel of the tape from the pumpkins. She peeled off, I stuck them back while saying the number out loud Slowly that evolved into a game. Eventually she got tired  of the game and she did not peel off anymore. She picked up her spoon  and started simply pointing at numbers. I’d say the peel of tape game did really help us in recognizing a couple of numbers.

Another learning activity we “tried” to do was simple patterns.

 I cut up two garlands into smaller pieces and used them to make up a simple pattern and stuck the pieces to the insides of the box.  Then I repeated the patterns out loud to her while pointing at the colorful pieces. After a while she gravitated towards the creature rings. Since the plastic bugs in there were actually rings, we put on our rings  in a pattern alternating orange with purple.

One the rings were played with, ice trays seemed interesting for her.

Since she was clearly very excited with playing with the ice trays, we scooped in beans, dumped them out.  While scooping the beans in alternate slots in the ice tray, I repeated “full, empty”. 

All the learning activities did not take a long time since most part of the sensory play was essentially scooping, pouring, feeling the beans while chatting a lot. That’s the large chunk of it. Since I usually actively participate in her play, I try to sneak in a few activities of my own here and there. The best part about actively playing with your kid in my opinion is to hear them talk, hear their imaginations out loud. That is definitely worth all the time I put into the set up ( which actually is not that much)

Ways to involve older siblings in creating the bin

  • Have him/her glue any materials in a pattern. eg -here the garland pieces in a pattern of her/his choice
  • Write a few single digit numbers on foam for his/her younger sibling
Learning de jour
  • Math via counting and number recognition
  • Language – learned new words : scorpion, black beans
  • Pattern Recognition : This one kind of went over her head I think. May be good for older toddlers.

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Our first Halloween craft for the season! Yay! We are kicking off with a super simple and classic Halloween kids craft.

Materials

Basket Coffee Filters Black Marker Hole Punch String/Thread Fallen Tree branch (optional)

Fold a basket coffee filter into half.…

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Halloween Crafts for Kids : Simple Ghost Craft

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Our first Halloween craft for the season! Yay! We are kicking off with a super simple and classic Halloween kids craft.

Materials

  • Basket Coffee Filters
  • Black Marker
  • Hole Punch
  • String/Thread
  • Fallen Tree branch (optional)

Fold a basket coffee filter into half. Fold it once more to make a cone. You can either staple the cone to make sure the edges don’t fly or you can leave it as it  is. Have the child draw a cute /non-scary ghost face. Make a hole above the face and thread a string or yarn. We used sewing thread to make the thread as light and “invisible” as possible. Ha!

process for halloween gost craft for kids

Those holes made by the puncher gave the ghosts additional charm!

halloween crafts with ghosts for kids

We then found a fallen tree branch and used it as a prop to display our cute little ghosties.

ghost craft for kids

How to use them?

I can see how this entire craft can be be done on a much larger scale using a larger tree branch and many more ghosties.

 Once you have your spooky branch you can use it as a prop for your haunted house theme  or simply prop the branch in front of your house in your front lawn for the big night! Don’t forget to paint the branch white for extra effect. You can also mix in some glow in the dark paint and pain the eyes using that.

Lay a black poster board behind the branch if possible ( if using indoors as decor ) and draw a full moon and a bat flying. Ooooohh.. Spooky.

You can also string the little ghosties together and make a banner for your party or your mantle.

Simple Ghost Craft for kids for Halloween

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With the cool crisp weather around, here are some fall themed sensory activities for kids.

 Dry sensory bins

fall rice based sensory play

Wonderfully aromatic candy apple sensory rice from Learn Play Imagine

Pumpkin scented sensory rice from Learn Play Imagine ( What can I say?…

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Fall sensory activities for kids

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With the cool crisp weather around, here are some fall themed sensory activities for kids.

 Dry sensory bins

fall rice based sensory play

Wonderfully aromatic candy apple sensory rice from Learn Play Imagine

Pumpkin scented sensory rice from Learn Play Imagine ( What can I say? The blog has amazing sensory ideas!)

A gorgeous, colorful sensory bin from Stay at Home Educator

Dry Fall themed sensory bin from My Creative Days

Cinnamon Scented Fall Rice recipe from Mom vs the Boys

Fall  sensory learning activity from little bins for little hands

Dry monster sensory bottle from the Mundane Miraculous Life

Fun outdoor fall sensory activity from The Pleasantest Thing

20 Items needed for fall sensory play from Golden Reflections Blog

Quick and easy sensory bin for fall from Red Ted Art

 Wet/Pasta based

fall sensory play ideas

Autumn Sensory Bin in from The Train Driver’s wife

 Witch’s Stew from Coffee Cups and Crayons

 Slimes and Goops

slime and goops for fall sensory activities for kids

Fall themed sensory oobleck play from Craftulate

Sweet Potato Goop from Frogs Snails and Puppy Dogs Tails

Pumpkin Slime from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Candy Corn Sensory Slime from Craftulate

Apple Sparkle Slime from Frogs Snails Puppy Dogs Tails

 Fall themed water play

water play for fall sensory

Fall Leaves Sensory Soup from Next Comes L

Signs of autumn sensory bin from B-Inspired Mama

Pumpkin Water play from My Nearest and Dearest

 Play Dough/Cloud Dough

fall play dough

5 senses fall play dough from One Time Through

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Clay from Fun at Home with Kids

Natural looking autumn scented play dough from Munchkin and Bean

Blackberry no-cook play dough from My Little 3 and me

Pumpkin Cloud Dough from 123 Homeschool4me

Apple Spice Play dough writing from Preschool Toolbox

 Small World Sensory Play

pretend play fall sensory play

A beautiful  fall sensory bin with a pumpkin house from An Adventure in a Box

Using playdough to create a pretend play activity set up from Wild Flower Ramblings

Fall Spice Rail Road Pretend Play from Play Trains

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Fall sensory activities bucket list from The Jenny Evolution

Fall colors sensory bin for babies from The Train Driver’s Wife

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