Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Pumpkin Treats to Eat

    I'm not a big celebrator of Halloween, but carving out jack-a-lanterns is a nostalgic memory from childhood that I have guilty pleasure about passing on to my children.  We don't make scary faces, but it is a warm fall sight to see the candle-light brimming out of a cheery face out in the cold.  This year, it was hard for my three year old to wait to carve his pumpkin.

"Waiting's hard, huh, Mommy?"

  So, we here's a Halloween sweet treat we made that helped ward off those "waiting to carve the pumpkin" blues. 

What You Will Need:
Rice Krispies
a dessert cup for molding
Green Apple Twizzlers
food coloring
Twist ties
Cellophane paper
Black construction paper or black puffy paint

This is pretty basic, really.

      First you make your Rice Krispy Treats, adding in some orange food coloring (or in my case red and yellow until I got the desired color) at the mix in stage.  Now I had forgotten how it can be tricky to mold the treats, but remembered right away how important it was to slather my hands in butter to help do this.  

I tried to mold it by hand in little globes, but it seemed to work better to have the dessert cup to press the treats into.
My three year old happens to not like getting his hands sticky so he opted to hold the pre-cut Twizzler pumpkin stem while I did the dirty work. 
We let them rest on wax paper until we had the whole batch molded.
Licking the spoon when all is done is another very important step.

Then we wrapped them in cellophane and tied them off with little twist-ties (green preferably).
 Next, we glued on a pre-cut jack a lantern face...
and Voila! 
A fun treat that my son got to deliver to a few of his friends. 
 And he ate one of them, too!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Pumpkin Decorating for Toddlers

I love to scavenge adult crafts for my kids to do.  Not all are feasible.  But some are.  And it's really
fun for my three year old to come away from doing a project and know that Mommy might do this one too because the end result looks so awesome. 

So awhile back, I found this on Pinterest: 

Ahhh.  I love this one!  And how easy is it, right? 

These are black thumb tacks arranged in super cool swirlies...yay for EASE and ELEGANCE!!!!

Here's the link if you want to pin this one for yourself, by the way:

So I thought to myself...this one has possibilities for my toddler to try out.  And so we did.

What you need for this craft:

A Pumpkin
Thumbtacks (we couldn't find black but gold worked, too)
A marker

We bought our son a mini pumpkin because of how easy it was for him to handle.  Then Mommy drew the lines on with a marker, including a very special "C" for Caedyn, (so everyone would know it was his).

He followed the lines and pushed in the tacks himself.  Sometimes, they overlapped, but that was fine.  Every once in awhile, he'd push one in crooked so that the pin was cock-eyed.  So, Mommy would pull those out and put them back in at the right angle.  

But overall, he owned this craft.  And was VERY proud of it. 

As he added the last few pins, he said, "Wow, when Daddy sees my pumpkin, he's going to say 'Cool!', huh Mommy?" 

The pins were super easy to push in, even though we got our batch at Dollar Tree, so they weren't the toughest of thumbtacks.  We had two casualties, but that was it.

So, if you're dreading the mess of pumpkin carving this year, and want to try out something different, I say give this one a shot.  The hardest part is coming up with your design and drawing it on with the marker.

Happy Fall!