Thousands of kids are on vacation halfway through a very different Halloween this year.
While it can be difficult to keep kids entertained at home, there are still some spooky crafts that can be easily done to help them get creative.
Ali Coghlan, author of Get Crafty: Fun and Creative Crafts for Kids, presented some ideas for kids this Halloween using many items that can be found around the house.
She said Live lunch: “I’m a huge Halloween fan, and I think especially when you have two kids you don’t really have a choice, you have to get involved.
“Especially this week with the mid-term break, it’s a normally tough time to entertain the kids, not to mention the lockdown we’re going through right now.
“I think everyone is doing their best to stay positive and there are always ways to get creative at home and have fun.
“There is a lot we can do, but we have to be gentle with ourselves at the same time.”
Here are some of the nifty ideas that kids can enjoy this Halloween.
Ali said, “Pumpkin modeling clay is really easy and these are my favorite activities and crafts that you can do at home because most of the things you would already have on your press.”
What do you need:
- Two cups of flour
- A cup of salt
- A little vegetable oil
- One and a half cups of lukewarm water
- Orange food coloring
- Optional: spices like cinnamon or sprinkles
Ali said that you can make the dough in a lot of different colors and shape it into pumpkins or Halloween monsters.
She added that when the kids are done playing with the dough, it can be wrapped in cling film and placed in the fridge for about a week.
It’s a good option for young children and it’s really simple, Ali said.
All you need is an apple cut in half and painted with whatever colors you have on hand.
This can be stamped on paper to make a pumpkin shape
This is just a simple recipe for witch finger shaped cookies by spreading them out and using a fork to make the prints.
The almonds can then be used to make the nails.
Ali said it was a great time to go out and collect some fall leaves to paint at home.
She said they can be painted white to make ghost leaves with eyes and a mouth to make them look more ghoulish.
She added that for people who want to use spray paint on leaves or pumpkins, they should place the items in an empty cardboard box so that the paint does not go all over or in anyone’s eyes. that is.
Ali added that since people won’t be traveling anywhere midway through, items collected from previous outings can be put together and used to create a scrapbook.
She suggested using photographs or old tickets and pasting them on albums.
Finally, for the Halloween night itself, Ali came up with the idea of making a ghost story game that could draw other family members to Zoom.
She said: “You could have a ghost story night at home, everyone can dress up, put on some scary music for Halloween, you can set the scene and maybe get a leaf and put it on. in the living room and dim the lights.
“Maybe each person in the family could make up a ghost story, and you could call the grandparents or the family on Zoom and everyone could tell a story, an urban legend or something that you made up.
“It’s just a little fun and something different and it’s a great way to stay in touch with family and bring everyone together.”