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.