Ad(gifted items) – Crafts have become a big thing in our house lately, especially now the little lady is getting older and the weather is taking a turn for the worse and we’re stuck indoors a bit more. She loves colouring, cutting and sticking, and while she still needs supervising I don’t think it will be too long before she will be happy doing crafty bits on her own (obviously no scissors or glue unsupervised!). I did try to leave her colouring for a few minutes once to start cooking tea, she managed to colour in an entire leg of her trousers! So a few more months before I try it again…
Back onto topic, we were invited to take part in the Halloween Craft Campaign, which sounded right up our street. Viking, which is the well-known stationary and office supplies retailer, sell tonnes of cool stuff to pass a few hours with your little one (and let’s face it, have some fun yourself too). With the spooky holiday just around the corner, it’s a great way to get involved in the fun of Halloween.
our kit were:
Felt tip pens
Silver and gold pens
A mask template and ideas for masks
Pumpkin carving kit
Coloured paper and card
Trick or treat bag
So this is the part where I ‘fess up and say that I was working on the day my daughter wanted to try out the crafts, so I enlisted my mums help. She did a great job! They made a cat mask (which all of the teddies tried on!) and a bonfire picture. While not strictly Halloween related it fits in well with the time of year. I love that they collected sticks from the garden to use in the picture. It’s such a sweet idea and a great way to integrate some fresh air time into the craft session.
If you’re more serious about your crafts, you might want to use SVGs in your projects. You use SVGs with an electronic cutting machine and it allow you to create stunning designs. If you wanted to do something cute and kitschy for Halloween (or any season really!) then a leaf svg or cat svg would work brilliantly.
My toddler is obsessed, and I’m not over exaggerating, with glitter, so the picture features plenty of it. She’s not at the age yet to be careful with it so it was used quite liberally (!) and to great effect I think!
I felt at 2.5 years old my daughter is still a bit young for pumpkin carving, so instead we made a pumpkin mask and used it to dress up an orange balloon to look a bit like a pumpkin. The little miss has been watching a Halloween themed Peppa Pig episode so she loved this activity. We also did cut out some ghosts and stuck them to our fireplace for a spooky display. Illuminated by a candle (LED as the fireplace is wood!) this looks quite effective :o)
Craft time is always fun for both mummy and little lady (and nanny on this occasion too!) and it was lovely to get her involved in Halloween. She is starting to understand times of the year more now (summer, Christmas etc) and I’m sure this time next year we’ll be pumpkin picking or dressing up.
If you’re looking for more indoor activity inspiration, check out our fort building fun which is a great way to cosy up when it’s raining outside.
A big thank you to Viking for providing us our craft bundle to engage with the campaign and have some fab family time together.