My six-month-old took a long nap today.
And by long nap I mean a whole 2 hours rather than his usual 15-30 minutes. I don’t know where he comes from. My first son slept all day, with a few moments of awake time. This new addition seems to want to live off of less than 8 hours daily – and they are at opposite times from my own 8 hours. Go figure.
So with my huge window of not-taking-care-of-brother time, I decided I’d not only clean both bathrooms and vacuum my car (let me brush those shoulders off a bit), but I’d also get crafty with my three-year-old. I mean, Halloween only comes once a year, right?
Of course I overlooked one major aspect to crafting that was, indeed, important. My son hates to dirty his hands. As a baby, he would not eat unless it was spooned into his mouth (no plop food on the high chair and let him go to town accepted). He will play in sand and water, but not in wet sand or mud. He is his father’s child, because heaven knows I was the first to jump in during a mud wrestle fight. This is important because the craft I wanted to do (of course) was paper mache’ pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, and mummies.
My son would not touch the stuff.
Perhaps because it looked too much like what spews out of brother’s mouth.
So, while I (like a kid in a candy shop) made a mess of balloons and newspaper and flour and water, Bronson carefully and neatly painted some wood blocks. Occasionally he would beg for a napkin, when a touch of paint got onto his hands. Definitely not my kid.
But both projects ended up being great little toddler-friendly Halloween crafts.
Paper Mache Ghouls
- Old newspaper, torn into ½ inch wide, long strips
- Small balloons
- ½ cup flour
- 1 cup water
- Large bowl
- Small cups
Various craft decorating items (paint, pipe cleaners, construction paper, etc.)
Blow balloons. Mix flour and water in large bowl. Dip newspaper pieces in the flour water mixture then wrap around balloon. Completely cover balloon, then let balloon sit on small cups to dry. With some of the balloons, let the mache’ dangle off the balloon, around the cup, like the flowing of a ghost sheet costume. After fully dry, paint (either black for a spider or bat, white for a ghost, or green for Frankenstein or a witch…or leave plain for a mummy) and add eyes and/or legs (for a spider, add pipe cleaner legs, bat: black construction paper wings, etc.) Hang up and enjoy!
Wood block Halloween Decor
Rectangular wood scraps, in various sizes
Paint each block a set color (job for OCD toddler): white for ghosts, orange for pumpkins, green for Frankenstein or witches, and brown for monsters. Allow to dry. Paint cute faces on. Display.
They both were fun little projects. Next time I think I’ll forego the paper mache’, though. Maybe salt dough sculptures?
Side note: The paper Mache’ is *STILL* not dry, three days later…perhaps I need to use less flour/water mix on each newspaper strip? (Sorry I don’t have final pictures for these, because of their lack of drying…will post ASAP, though.)
This article was written by Heidi. Heidi is a full-time mom and part-time blogger. Her passion for blogging came as she wanted her family to eat healthier. She now blogs regularly at Juicingpedia. Almost on a daily basis she shares new juicing recipes for all to enjoy and for all to use to increase their health. If you have any questions about this passion of Heidi’s, please visit the site.
Thanks Heidi for this awesome guest blog post! We are excited to get crafting!!