It feels like we started the new school year about 5 minutes ago and already we’re getting excited about Halloween in our house. With two weeks until half term I’m not quite sure where September went.
I do get a bit giddy as Halloween approaches and I’ll happily use my children as an excuse to enjoy it to the full. A photo of my son dressed as a pumpkin aged 1 month is proof of this and we’ve already planned this year’s costumes. He’s 10 now and my daughter is 7 so not keen on being human pumpkins anymore sadly. Obviously my Pinterest Halloween board is well under way too (we’re going Creepy-Cute Pastel this year if you’re wondering).
During any school holiday the dreaded words “I’m Bored” are uttered around lunchtime on day one. According to research bods commissioned by BIC Kids, boredom strikes on average of 122 times a month (it definitely feels like more) but should be seen as a positive way to encourage kids to use their imagination! I’m pretty mean with screen time (it’s my most powerful bargaining tool after all) and much as I love my children I am not their entertainer. It’s amazing how quickly you can become un-bored though when asked to tidy your bedroom. They soon pootle off to play a game or build a den using everything they can get their mitts on.
Luckily, since half term is the week before Halloween we’ll be busy pumpkin carving, spider dangling and creepy crafting. Printing is obviously a big favourite with us and I’ve written in a previous post about how to make it a kid-friendly activity . This time I have an even simpler and much less messy method using washable markers instead of printing ink. It’s an easy, fun Halloween activity for kids of any age and a perfect way to keep your creative little monsters entertained.
HALLOWEEN PRINTING FOR KIDS
- Polystyrene sheets. (Polystyrene pizza discs works just as well!)
- Blank paper or card
- Bic Kids Medium washable marker Pens (or any washable markers)
- Bic Kids Fine Point washable marker Pens
- Small sponge, dampened with water
Ready? Let’s go!
- Start by drawing your image lightly onto a polystyrene sheet in pencil, this will be your guide. For younger children it may help to have an image already drawn out for them. Go over your image with a pencil pressing gently into the polystyrene. Don’t worry if you make a few holes along the way, it won’t matter.
- Use washable marker pens to colour in the picture, make sure you get plenty of ink on there!
- Take the sponge and gently run it over a piece of paper to dampen it slightly (not too much or the paper will pill and wrinkle up when it dries)
- Place the paper over your image and gently rub to transfer the ink. Be careful not to move the page around.
- Peel the page back to reveal your print
- Draw around the image in fine point marker to outline and add details
- Ta dah! Spooky handmade prints ready to display in your Halloween gallery.
To celebrate Bic Kids Young Artist Award 2018 Bic has kindly offered the chance for one lucky person to win a fab creative bundle. Simply enter via the link below. The winner will be chosen at random and notified via email at close of competition on 11th October. Good luck!!
1 x 12 Ultra washable colouring felt pens
1 x 12 Medium tip ultra washable felt pens
1x 12 Fine tip ultra washable felt pens
1 x 12 Magic felt pens
4 x Correct finger positioning mechanical pens
Open to UK residents only. The giveaway will end at 11.59pm (UK time) on October 11th. The winner will be notified via email. They will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no contact is made, then another winner will be selected. You must be willing to provide a postal address for your prize to be shipped to you. I am in no way responsible for any items lost in the post. By entering the giveaway, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of entry.
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