30yr old female from Bonnie Scotland. Background in primary teaching - specialising in early years education. Love child led activities and spur of the moment crafts inspired by children's imagination and ideas. Currently studying post grad in Play Therapy.
Monday, 8 October 2012
Well as I said we are starting Halloween crafts this week, a childminder I spoke to at the school said it was too early...not in my opinion! As I have said before - I adore Halloween!
Here is the paper spider we made this morning -
In the afternoon we made black playdough with glitter through it. The recipe for it is -
2 cups of plain flour
2 tbsp. of cooking oil
1 tsp. cream of tartar
2 cups of water
1 cup of salt
some black paint squirted in to the mixture (could also use food colouring)
Heat it in a pot until it turns to the right consistency.
When cool we mixed in a tube of glitter, we went for purple.
Then we used pipe cleaners, match sticks and lolly sticks to make our spiders!
And some mutant spiders as well!
It was really good fun. And nice to make models with out having the playdough shapes/cutters out and just use our imaginations.
This activity is good for - fine motor skills, using hands to manipulate the dough in to different shapes. Counting the number of legs. Talking about the colours of legs. Using imaginations to make various monsters/creations.
Further ideas for this activity - Can use this with the playdough toys to make shapes, give children bowls, spoons and cake trays and let them make pretend cakes with it.