Young kids carving Halloween jack-o-lanterns

Crafty Kids for Halloween

Young kids carving Halloween jack-o-lanterns

As Halloween approaches it’s great to get our little ones at pre-school involved in ‘Crafty Kids for Halloween’ fun. Not only is it fun for them, it also gets them using their creative minds as well as the opportunity to work with their hands

I know pre-school teachers out there have lots of ideas to keep our little ones busy and in the festive mood but I came across these to share. As always at Kidsoft we enjoy giving out tips for fun ideas.

Handmade Mummies
Amazing what you can do with toilet rolls. With some white tissue, white twine or wool, glue and goggly eyes of course, they can create their very own Halloween mummy.

Firstly, let them press the end of a strip of tissue in the glue then it’s time to wrap her up. They need to do this twice, then tie the wool around a few times and glue on the ends. Add the goggly eyes and there she, or he, is. At the end of class you will have a whole gang, so why not create a special spot on a black cloth, scrunched up slightly with some toy spiders for an extra effect.

Arty Pumpkins
These arty pumpkins not only use their creative side but also help their fine motor development. With this style of pumpkin craft you can leave them to their imagination. I love this as it combines cutting, ripping, painting, stamping, colour exploration and designing.

They will need strips of white paper, paints in orange, red, yellow, and a little brown, a small round and oval shapes of Styrofoam, black paper, glue, scissors and construction paper for the canvas. Show them an image of a pumpkin, give them their canvas then let them use their imagination with the paint. Leave the brown out until later. The white and black paper is for the eyes, mouth and teeth. You can help them a little here to cut them out, then let them stick them onto their pumpkin. The best bit is letting them dip the Styrofoam shapes into the brown paint to make spiders bodies then let them paint on legs. Voila they have their very own piece of pumpkin art.

There’s lots of ideas for Halloween I just thought these two were simple and don’t require many complicated materials.

Girl on grass in summer day holds windmill in hand

The Difference Pre-School Can Make

Girl on grass in summer day holds windmill in hand

Sending your children to pre-school is proven to have a huge effect. The difference pre-school can make is simply; confidence building, your children will be more sociable, and they will learn the basics of working as a team and also individually. The simplest things like completing a task, for example building something with bricks will make them feel proud.

It is mentally stimulating for children as young as 18 months and two years to be in a classroom/nursery environment. They will react to colours, pictures and a layout that gives them more freedom to be themselves. They will make friends and enjoy group activities, like games and also being given the chance to be creative. 

An example of the positive effect it can have is a personal one that we’d like to share. My God Daughter lives two hours away so I only get the chance to see her once a month, if I’m lucky. The change in her always amazes me! I get photo’s and video’s, but the most recent catchup really surprised me. She has been in preschool now for three months, since she was 20 months, and I had the opportunity to go and collect her.

I walked into a fabulous place, and instantly felt joy at listening to their little voices. She was in her classroom playing with another little girl and a plastic toy, looking very deep into the workings of it. I stood there for a few moments to watch them both, until she spotted me. She instantly remembered me and even gave me a hug. It was such a pleasure to see her little face light up. As children were getting picked up by parents I noticed they all said goodbye and were all in good spirits.

The teachers clearly love their job as they were all of a very sunny disposition and chatty to the parents and guardians. My little angel would have been quite content to carry on which was a really good sign. I was also shocked to discover she no longer wears nappies and tells her Mum when she wants to use the toilet. Obviously she has her own little loo, but still this is a fantastic growing phase for her before her second birthday.

The change in her is absolutely incredible. She is an inquisitive, exploratory, confident, sociable little girl. I can honestly say the nursery has a lot to be thanked for this. I have watched her grow from a baby into a toddler and cannot be more proud. I just wish they were closer.