Halloween Blog Post 2020

Easy Halloween Crafts

Halloween Blog Post 2020

There is nothing quite like Halloween, that one day a year that everyone loves to dress up in a scary costume, families carve their pumpkins and prepare to go trick-or-treating.

Halloween has become a popular event with children across the country. Children love creating their costume many weeks in advance and decorating their homes in scary Halloween decorations. I know my children do!

Kidsoft has 5 Quick and Easy Halloween craft ideas; they say anyone can make, probably even me. These activities are the perfect way to get spooky!

This will keep the children busy and engaged and feel a sense of accomplishment. It can often be tempting and much quicker to jump in and help children complete an activity. However, it is better to keep a distance and let children learn and encourage them to follow a series of instructions, this allows children to develop a variety of skills like problem solving and experimentation.

Halloween Rock Magnets

What you will need:

  • Small rocks
  • Paint
  • Paint markers
  • Strong adhesive
  • Clear coat (optional)

Scary Paper Bats

What you will need:

  • Paper bat template
  • Black Cardboard
  • Bowls for tracing
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • White crayon
  • Glue

Halloween Spider Slime 

What you will need:

  • 2 bottles of clear school glue
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup liquid starch
  • ¼ cup glitter
  • ¼ Halloween spider confetti

Pool Noodle Pumpkins

What you will need:

  • Orange pool noodle
  • Wide Craft sticks
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Black sharpie
  • Knife

Make Your Own Spider Web

What you will need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Halloween paint colours
  • Wool- black, white, orange
  • Scissors

We hope this has encouraged your children to be inspired to create some boo-tiful art creations.

No matter what your favourite part of Halloween is, remember that the quality family time together is the best treat of all

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Australian Children Books Celebrating Diversity

Australian Children Picture Books that Celebrate Diversity

Australian Children Picture Books that Celebrate Diversity

Books play an important role as mirrors for children: these stories and characters will affect how they see themselves and the world around them, their motivation to read, and their aspirations for the future. In a country as multicultural as Australia, it’s vital that we offer children an opportunity to see realities and experiences different from their own.

The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature introduced Australia’s first database of culturally diverse children’s books in June last year. The collection has been curated by experts and judged on the quality of writing and illustration, the readability and the strength of content. Stories selected for the database encourage readers to “walk in another’s shoes” and gain an understanding of cultures other than their own.

Included in the database are picture books, nursery rhymes, plays, short stories and novels. Key story concepts include empathy, family, kindness, resilience and respect. Here are some of our favourites.

Kidsoft Blog Toddle Little Monsters eBook

Free eBook – The Boogers Are Coming!

Our clever friends at Toddle have created a great, free resource to help explain the COVID-19 pandemic to young children. Introducing the Toddle Little Monsters story: The Boogers are Coming.

Confusion is a feeling shared by most during this pandemic and whilst the world adjusts to a new normal, children can be left wondering what on earth is going on?

Toddle’s Little Monster characters are based on the six children’s personality archetypes and, amongst other things, aim to educate children about germs, how they spread and how they can stay healthy so that they feel empowered. From Jampa, who is caring and friendly, to Morph who is wild and tenacious, each little monster aims to connect with your child and be a relatable voice to explain the COVID-19 world.

You can download and share ‘The Boogers Are Coming’ with your family and friends via the below link.

Toddle have also created a colouring in version of the book so your little ones can bring it to life with their own flair.

“Our aim with the e-book and animation is to alleviate any worries about COVID-19 in a fun and positive way and help parents communicate with their children in a language they understand.” said Arthur, Toddle CEO.

Find out more about each of the Little Monsters and download more colouring in sheets here.

Free for parents to use, Toddle has every child care centre in Australia on the platform and promises to revolutionise the way parents search, interact with and ultimately choose a child care centre.