As I’ve said previously (and will many times in the future, I feel I have to warn you!) I have absolutely no artistic talent what so ever. I couldn’t draw you a circle. But I do like the kids to try crafty things, I like getting them away from TV’s and tablets and doing something together, and on cold days a bit of a crafty afternoon is much better than going out.
It’s amazing how much you can do with almost nothing but household stuff and no talent, and if you really stop and think about it, or indeed google it, it seems you can paint a picture of almost anything, using a child’s handprint!
My only concern here is that as The Boy gets older, we might need to reinforce the Christmas Tree if we expect it to hold ornaments made out of his giant hands pressed into salt dough, look out for the “giant handprint crafts” post coming soon!
Now I don’t really like Halloween, I just don’t see the point of it, am I supposed to be scared? Or amused? I’m not overly scared of children dressed as ghosts (aside from being terrified of other people’s children generally. The ghost part doesn’t influence this) neither am I amused by them. The Boy’s never liked it either, he’s always been oddly frightened that it means something scary will happen to him, and refused any part of it. This year however he’s decided he likes it, I blame school! So in an attempt to be slightly involved in this awful event, I consented to some Halloween pictures.
All you need is, paints, paper and little hands (or big hands if you really fancy a go yourself). If you want to do ghosts, don’t do it on white paper. That just doesn’t work.
Then for the witch, it’s all green, then paint on some orange hair, a hat and a broom. The Boy couldn’t understand this at all (he is clever, honest), having to put the fingers at the bottom totally blew his mind.
The Vampire is a nude hand and black fingers, I made a valiant attempt at a little bow tie, but you could add a lot more detail.
The spider was our personal favourite, 2 hands! We actually just used the same hand twice. Then added 8 little eyes.
My favourite thing about doing things like this, is how proud The Boy gets of what he’s done, he’ll be showing these to people all week, it’s a lovely feeling watching him get so excited about something so simple, and I’m very aware he won’t always be so easy to please.