Issue 8 – Smashing Pumpkin!
Here is a sample of the contents from Issue 8, with dozens of great ideas to help keep your children entertained, including a smashing Pumpkin Pinata, spooky Halloween projects and science experiments, games to help numeracy and literacy, ideas for Eid, plus £100’s of worth of toys, games and craft goodies to be won!
Concentrating on texture and sensory stimulation, projects in this group include:
LEAFY TREE – Go on a nature walk and collect some leaves and twigs to make a leafy tree.
BOUNCY BATS – Easy to make bats – perfect for Halloween.
COUNT WITH ME . . . Get younger ones interested in reading with a little book made from card and stickers.
CEREAL OWLS – Reinforce shape recognition with some cute owls using different textured cereals.
SPIDERMAN MASK – Turn a simple paper plate into a great character mask for imaginative play.
PLANET PICTURES – Create unusual space pictures using black card and coloured chalks.
GHOST PUPPET – Help develop children’s co-ordination and imagination with a friendly ghost puppet.
Fun crafting projects to make with children in Key Stage 1, include:
PUMPKIN PIÑATA – Pack lots of special treats into this fabulous pumpkin piñata – what a ‘smashing’ finale to your Halloween party!
POLICE CADETS – Watch children turn into ‘super sleuths’ with these police-based activities.
COSMIC PICTURES – With this fun way of using photographs, anyone can become an astronaut or alien!
DESIGNER DOMINOES WITH A DIFFERENCE – These different sets of dominoes make a great group activity keep those brains cells working hard!
EID MUBARAK – Celebrate the end of Ramadan on October 13th with a special card and sweet gifts.
PLAY & LEARN – Help children learn basic numeracy and literacy skills by making some fun games.
CATCH A FALLING LEAF – No matter what the weather, have fun catching falling autumn leaves
Great ideas for older kids to make and do:
NATIVE AMERICAN CRAFTS – Step into the world of the Native American Indian and learn how to make a medicine pouch and dream catcher
SWAG BAGS – Make these Halloween swag bags which can be used on organised trick-or-treat walks or for Halloween party bags.
CREEPY CARDS – Get children to practise drawing circles with a compass to create some spooky Halloween cards.
SPOOKY SCIENCE! – Amaze friends and family with three spooky science experiments.
MASKS FROM AROUND THE WORLD – Teach children about different cultures while making colourful masks.
MAD SCIENTIST’S PARTY! – Bunsen burners at the ready for an experimental party where only the craziest scientists are invited!
MINIATURE KITES – Learn all about the history of kites and how they fly and then have fun making your own!
In addition to these, there are plenty of other great ideas and projects, plus a great selection of books reviewed in Reading Corner and prize giveaways worth £100’s.