messyplayforeveryday

A collection of fun activities for little hands!

Pumpkin Guts!

This is quite possibly my favorite (and easiest) messy play activity of fall.  After you scoop the membranes and seeds out of your pumpkin, resist the urge to throw them out!  Instead place them in a big bowl, bucket of storage container and let your kids squeeze it through their fingers, ooze it through their toes, or mix it with a spoon if they’re not quite so brave.  It’s a wonderful sensory experience and you’ll be amazed at how long they’ll stick with it!

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Leaf Creatures

Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love watching the leaves change color and my kids love to collect them once they fall.  I found myself asking, “What do we do with all of these leaves they’ve collected?”  So we made leaf creatures!  All you need is

Leaves of different colors, sizes and shapes

Glue

Construction paper

Googly Eyes

Markers

Give each child a piece of construction paper, glue and a pile of leaves and give them instructions, “Take your leaves and create an animal or make-believe creature.”  My daughter loved this and made several pictures of dinosaurs, dogs, crabs etc.  For my two-year old while the picture looked more like a collage of leaves, it was fun to hear him tell me what he thought he’d made.  When they’re done creating they can put on the eyes and use the markers to create whatever parts of their picture they couldn’t make with leaves.  Such a fun, creative project!  Have fun with it!

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Marshmallow Ghosts

My family and I went to a Halloween party over the weekend and we were responsible for bringing the craft for a group of almost 2 year olds all the way up to 7 year olds.  I figured I would need an activity that could be made easy for some, or more involved for others so here is what I came up with.  A super cute marshmallow ghost!  Here’s what you need

 

Mini marshmallows

Glue

Construction paper

Googly eyes

For the younger kids (or those who wanted help) I drew an outline of a ghost with the glue on the construction paper.  The older kids designed their own ghost.  They then took the mini marshmallows and placed them on the line of glue and then placed the googly eyes on.  That’s it!  They all had a good time creating their (not so) spooky ghosts and eating the left over marshmallows too!  Hope you give it a try and have a great Halloween!

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Glitter Ghosts

Halloween is just around the corner so at our house we’ve been busy creating some “scary” crafts!  This is a fun and easy one.  Here’s what you need

Wax Paper

White School Glue

Glitter

Googly eyes (we ran out so I used a marker to draw them on, doesn’t look as good though)

Fishing Wire

Give each child a piece of wax paper.  On the wax paper have them outline and begin to fill inside the lines a ghost shape.  Since it’s hard to make one solid shape of glue when squeezing it out of the bottle I then let them use their finger to spread the glue all over the ghost, making sure the entire ghost is filled in with a thin layer of glue when they’re done.  Sprinkle the entire ghost with glitter and then place the eyes and a piece of fishing wire at the top by the head (this is for hanging later).  Let this dry over night.  The next day carefully shake the excess glitter off and then peel your ghost off the wax paper and he’s ready for hanging!  Happy Halloween!!

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