With Halloween approaching at the end of the month our activities have been taking on a pumpkiny feel to them.
As the girls are still so young I have deliberately kept things quite innocuous. Even when they are older I won't like things too spooky! We have been reading halloweeny theme books - The Owl That Was Afraid of the Dark, Winnie the Witch and Room on the Broom. All have become instant favourites.
We check on our pumpkin patch every couple of days - we have two big pumpkins (well, coconut sized ones and they are still green so I think we will still need to make a trip to the supermarket to buy a pumpkin for carving!). We made a 'bed' for them by placing some dried shrub branches under them to prevent rotting and Poppet likes to wash them if they get a bit dirty.
For our first piece of pumpkin art I cut out a pumpkin from orange card and then gave it to Poppet along with some orange tissue and paper. Together we glued on little bits all over the pumpkin until it was covered, being careful not to overlap any onto the eyes, nose or mouth holes.
I had a large bit of card left over from cutting the pumpkin out which she insisted was a crown and had to be stuck onto the pumpkin's head. We finished by mounting it onto some black card and sticking some green bits of paper on to the stem. Poppet loves glue so she really liked making this pumpkin picture.
For our second picture I gave Poppet a paper plate, scraps of orange papers again, and also black cut outs of eyes, a nose and a mouth. I left her to making a pumpkin of her own design; she decided to go straight for the black bits and gave the pumpkin plate a face, while the orange scraps were left. She added some orange pen and ta da! -the pumpkin was finished.
Poppet: 2yrs 9 mos