Part of the fun in raising Zoey is making things that delight her; I want to create fun, educational crafts for her that are made with love and will be loved! This week we’ll be creating pom pom paintings of bat silhouettes for halloween!
I remember when I was a kid we made halloween crafts at school and my mom would bring them out every year as part of our halloween decor. It made me feel super happy and proud that she would take the time to save and display my art every year and that is the feeling I want to inspire in my own daughter.
Part of the fun in raising Zoey is making things that delight her; I want to create fun, educational crafts for her that are made with love and will be loved! I see much play dough in our future, and while buying it is always a viable option, how fun and cost effective is it to make some on your own?
So let’s make some homemade play dough!
2 cups of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of salt
4 teaspoons of cream of tartar
2 cups of warm water
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Place the cream of tartar, flour, and salt in a large saucepan and stir to combine.
Slowly add the oil and water, stirring until well incorporated.
Cook over medium heat, stirring consistently, until the mixture thickens into a dough.
Remove the pan from the heat and allow the dough to cool slightly until it can be handled comfortably.
Divide the dough into equal portions based on how many colors you would like, and roll into balls.
Put on gloves and press an indentation into each ball of dough, then add 15 drops of food coloring to the indentation of each ball to start, you can always add more later.
Knead each ball of dough until the color is well incorporated. If the color is not as bright as you want, you can add more food coloring and knead again.
*This can be stored in sandwich bags, one for each color. Just be sure to remove all the excess air for longevity of the dough!
Welcome to the cozy and magical month of December my friends!
To inspire you and your little ones into the Holiday mood, I’ve curated a list of Christmas-themed books for ages five and under! These selections are simple and festive, while remaining short and sweet for the younger audience.
There are a handful of books on this list with a reading age that start under the age of five and peak at the age of 7 or 8.
Welcome to the spooky month of October my friends!
My family and I have created a playlist of family friendly Halloween music for you and yours! Halloween may be celebrated a little differently this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t kindle a little Halloween spirit!
This year we’ve decided to focus more on jazzy halloween inspired music with a few other songs sprinkled in that fit the mood. The Disney and Danny Elfman presence in this list is strong and I found myself wishing I could find more jazz covers of the Disney Villains songs.
Please let us know if we missed or left out any of your family friendly halloween favorites you feel should be included! We’d love to hear from you!
Family Friendly Halloween Playlist 2020
Linus and Lucy | Vince Guaraldi Trio
Monsters, Inc. | Randy Newman
Charlie Brown Theme | Vince Guaraldi Trio
The Scare Floor | Randy Newman
Great Pumpkin Waltz | Vince Guaraldi Trio
The Piano Duet (The Corpse Bride) | Danny Elfman
Overture (The Nightmare Before Christmas) | Danny Elfman
This is Halloween | The Citizens of Halloweentown
Grim, Grinning Ghosts | The Haunted Mansion Happy Haunts
Sally’s Song | Catherine O’hara
Jack and Sally Montage | Danny Elfman
Jack’s Lament | Danny Elfman
Ball & Socket Lounge Music #1 | Danny Elfman
Remains of the Day | Danny Elfman
They Don’t Scare Me | Mickey Mouse
Monster Mash | Bobby “Boris” Pickett
The Munsters | Jack Marshall
Trust in Me | Scarlett Johansson
Snuff Out the Light | Eartha Kitt
Witchy Woman | The Eagles
I Put a Spell On You | Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Friends on the Other Side | Keith David
Man with the Hex | The Atomic Fireballs
The Headless Horseman | Thurl Ravenscroft
Superstition | Stevie Wonder
Remains of the Day (Combo Lounge Version) | Danny Elfman
Cruella De Vil | Dr. John
Ball & Socket Lounge Music #2 | Danny Elfman
Little Birdie (Instrumental) | Vince Guaraldi Trio