Thursday, October 27, 2016

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Easy, Affordable Trunk or Treat Idea

We love Halloween, so when fliers came home from daycare about Trunk or Treating, we were all about it! However, as I started digging for ideas for decorating our trunk, I started to get discouraged.  I came to the realization that you either need a degree in theater or be an aspiring Hollywood set designer to properly decorate for a Trunk or Treat. 

I didn't have the time, money or energy to pull that off, leaving me to come up with an idea on my own. I found an example of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown that I was able to simplify to my budget and ability!

Here is what you need:
3 yards of burlap - $12
Peanuts Classroom Decorating Kit - $6.19
Safety pins and string to attach Peanuts characters to the burlap
Pumpkins - Ours were free from our garden, but we did use smaller pumpkins that you could get for just a few dollars from a pumpkin patch.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Halloween Sensory Bottles

We're big fans of Halloween in our house, and I like to give little gifts to friends and family to celebrate. Typically treats are always a hit, but this year, Grace has three cousins under the age of one! I wanted to do a little something for them as well that was affordable and would be fun for them. We decided to make sensory bottles.

This was my first time making sensory bottles, so we had a few test runs before all was said and done. Below are the steps that finally worked for me!

Gatorade bottle (I picked Gatorade because of their large mouths and orange caps)
Corn syrup
Red food coloring
Yellow food coloring
Orange glitter
Spider rings
Eye ball bouncy balls
Halloween confetti
Small rubber spiky calls
Gorilla Glue

Step 1: Fill the bottle half way up with corn syrup. My research uncovered that this helps slow down the fall of the items in the bottle.

Step 2: Fill with your bottle fillers - glitter, balls, etc. I used glitter and some items from the dollar section at  Target. You can see the full list of what I used in the list above. I did buy some spider rings and cut off the ring backs before putting them in.

Step 3: Fill the bottle with room temperature tap water until the bottle is complete full. Some things I read suggested using filtered water, but I got mine straight from the tap and it worked just fine.

Step 4: Put in the food coloring. I used three red drops with one yellow drop.

Step 5: Put the cap on and shake the bottle until the corn syrup and water is completely combined.

Step 6: Remove the cap and put a ring of Gorilla Glue around the very top of the bottle and screw the cap back on. The daycare Grace goes to makes sensory bottles a lot and when I asked her teachers, they said they always use Gorilla Glue to seal them shut and have to have it fail them.


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