Arts and Crats

Toilet Paper Tube Mummies

Alright, let’s bust out those toilet paper tubes I told you to save last week and make some Toilet Paper Tube Mummies! This was a very simple and fun activity. Babs is only two so this was more about the process than the product. FiIMAG0016
ne motor skills it takes to squeeze the glue, the sensory experience of glue and cotton ball fuzz stuck to your fingers, etc. So don’t be to upset if they don’t turn out perfect. Plus mummies are supposed to look like they are falling apart anyway! The only items you will need for this project are cotton balls, googly eyes, toilet paper tubes, a cookie sheet (or as we call it our art tray), and glue.

The next step is important if you really want it to look like a mummy. Babs needed help with this one. You need to unravel each cotton ball. I do this by pinching the side and then having Babs pinch the middle of IMAG0025the cotton ball and pull. The result will be a long strand of cotton. If you let you littles ones just go for it you will end up with fuzzy mummies and that’s okay. Like I said its more about the process than the product.

After unraveling all of the cotton balls, have the kiddos squeeze some glue onto the cookie sheet. They should then take the toilet paper tube and roll it the glue until the surface is covered. Last the can take the long strands of cotton balls and wrap them around the tube. Add the eyes and you are finished!

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Then comes the clean up…..as you can see Babs is thrilled. ūüėȬ† IMAG0036

Materials Needed

Toilet paper tubes

cotton balls

glue

googly eyes

art tray

 

Arts and Crats

Water Bottle Ghosts

This art project was so simple and Babs ended up loving it so much more than I though she would. All you need for water bottle ghosts is an empty water or pop bottle with the label peeled off, a bag of cotton balls, and some black construction paper (googly eyes are optional).WP_20151019_11_33_16_Pro

I gave Babs the water bottle and dumped out the cotton balls and let her go to town. I did one as well so she could follow my example. All she had to do was fill the water bottle will the cotton balls.

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This project was a simple way to slip in some fine motor work. ūüôā I cut out construction paper ovals for the eyes and mouth¬†and we attached them with masking tape. We also decided to add some googly eyes to some of the ghosts but I actually think they look better without. Great to add to your end tables¬†for Halloween decorations! Babs loves seeing all her art work displayed.

Materials Needed

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Bag of cotton balls

Black construction paper

Googly eyes (optional)

Sensory Play

Lumpy Bumpy Sludge

Our sensory project this week¬†is Lumpy Bumpy Sludge, or Eyeball sludge in honor of Halloween. ūüôā To do this sensory project you will need corn starch, canola oil, water, a package of Jello, flour, and mini marshmallows. I call this project sludge instead of slime because the Jello gives it more of a gritty feeling.¬†It will also¬†give this sensory¬†project a good color and smell. I used tropical fusion Jello so it smelled¬†wonderful!¬†Babs even kept saying,¬†“Yum Strawberries!”¬†because it smelled so good!

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Some tips and tricks for those of you who have kids like mine that are hesitant to touch any of these gooey concoctions.  I usually give Babs some spoons and scoops to use while she explores for the first few minutes. After about five minutes I start to encourage her to touch the sludge with her hands. It helps her if I touch it too.

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I have included the recipe for Lumpy Bumpy Sludge below. I have the measurement of marshmallows that we used, however, you can add as many or as little of the mini marshmallows as you would like. It all depends on how lumpy and bumpy you want your sludge to be. You can even pull in some fine motor skills into this sensory play project by encouraging your child to use their thumb and index finger to pinch and pick up the marshmallows. The sludge makes them slippery so it is more of a challenge.WP_20151019_10_18_36_Pro

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Materials Needed

Mix the following ingredients in together in a bowl. Add the flour slowly and the marshmallows last.

Corn starch 1/4 cup

Water- 1 1/2 cups

Canola Oil- 1/3 cup

Flour- 1 1/3 cup

Mini Marshmallows- 3/4 cup

Jello- 3oz package