In less than six short weeks, Halloween will be here! At my home, we love Halloween. It is filled with crisp fall air, fun costumes, and lots of tasty treats to enjoy.
In past years, we have enjoyed every Halloween as a family. Darren and I both like to take Raileigh trick-or-treating and watch her face fill with delight as she collects candy from houses in the neighborhood.
This year is going to be different, though. Darren has to travel for work on Halloween and isn't going to be here to enjoy the festivities with us. So, I want to make sure that we do a lot of Halloween activities leading up to the big day so that he feels included in the fun as well.
I have a lot of Halloween crafts planned for us to do. Kid-friendly crafts are a great family activity any season of the year. Now, I have heard several other parents say that they really don't enjoy craft time with their children. If you fall into this category, let me offer a few tips to help make this experience more enjoyable for everyone:
- Don't be a perfectionist. This is so hard for me, as I try and make every project that I do as perfect as possible. News flash-- your child probably won't be able to make the craft you are doing completely perfect. That's okay. Often times, when crafting with children, it is more about the experience than the end result.
- Choose a project on the appropriate level for your child. It can be frustrating for everyone if you choose to make something that is far too difficult (or even way below) what your little one is capable of. For example, if your child has not used scissors much, then you don't want to choose a craft that involves a lot of intricate cutting.
- Have everything together before you call your child to participate. If you tell your child it's time to make something fun and then try to gather supplies, it can get frustrating. Chances are that your child with get impatient as you rush around trying to get everything together. You will get frustrated and so will your child-- and you haven't even began the craft yet!
- Enjoy yourself. Children grow fast and before you know it, they will be too busy hanging out with friends, going to football games, and enjoying other activities to sit down for family craft time. So, enjoy this time while you can!
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 1 1/2 cups of flour
- 3/8 cup salt
- 3 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1 1/2 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
- food coloring
- large pot
- mixing spoon
Dump the water, flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil into your pot. Mix together really well, getting out as many of the clumps as you can. Add food coloring, a drop or two at a time until you are happy with the color.
I let Raileigh help with everything UNTIL this point. Older kids could probably handle stirring over a hot stove, but I am just not ready to go there with Raileigh yet.
Heat your stove to medium heat and put the pot on. You will want to stir your mixture constantly. I mean that. Don't stop stirring.
Pretty soon, the mixture will start to become a big clumpy glob of play dough. Stir until you have one big glob and as you move it around the pot it kind of cleans of an residual play dough off the edges of the pot.
Let the dough cool for about a minute until it isn't scalding hot. Drop your glob on the counter and start kneading it using your hands. As long as you've let the dough cool, this is definitely a step the kids can help with!
Pretty soon, your dough will be ready to play with!
A special note about storage: I am not sure how long this play dough stays good for. I have kept batches for several months and they have been good. I store our play dough by wrapping it in plastic wrap, then putting it in plastic container with a lid. These steps help it not to dry out and stay fresh.
Since we made fun, festive Halloween colors, of COURSE we had to make a few pumpkins! REESE'S PIECES work great to make pumpkin faces!
This play dough can keep our entire family occupied for hours. Seriously-- who doesn't love to get their hands into a fresh batch of play dough?
If you would like some more Halloween craft ideas to share with your family, I invite you to check out my Halloween Crafts Pinterest Board. So far, I have 50 different Halloween craft ideas pinned for you to enjoy!
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