Cornhole & Cauldrons

What is awesome about being a nanny is that you get to relive all sorts of fun stuff from your childhood, with the kids. I have had such a fun week coordinating costumes, watching spooky movies and prepping for the Halloween bash that the 6th grader is having this Sunday. One of my main tasks was to re-create the cornhole game that they had lying around from previous parties. It started off gray, and I was asked by their mother to make it into a jack o’lantern, or something else Halloween-related. We got orange paint, and the four-year-old and I got to work.

With this help, the cornhole looked like this :

img_6166As a sorority girl, I was NOT letting that face show its face at the party. So the next day, with all the kids at school, I took matters into my own hands. After googling cornhole ideas, I had the notion of doing a spider web and found this pattern.

spider-corn-hole-game-for-harvest-party

After a trip to Target for painter’s tape ($5.79) and another to the hardware store for extra orange paint to cover the face and a can of black (around $6 each), I followed the picture to create the pattern.

img_8895After this, I doused it in black spray paint. After picking up the preschooler and making sure it was dry, I let him peel up the tape and voila!

img_9024I was SO happy with how this turned out, as was my boss. It was fun, cheap, and easy!

The next craft idea came from someone else and I can take noooo credit. On Thursdays, the four-year-old does not have school, and I have always trying to find something engaging and fun for him to do with the free time we have before picking up his brother and sister. This particularly rainy Thursday, we attended a crafting class for kids in a local woman’s backyard barn. The host had a lovely set up for the four boys in attendance, they decorated pumpkins and made ‘witches brew’ which I absolutely loved.

For the witches brew, each child had a little cauldron, most likely bought at the dollar store. Then they had bowls of ‘unicorn powder’ (baking soda and glitter) and squirt bottles filled with ‘bat blood’ (vinegar and red food coloring). When mixed together with repurposed 16 Handles (frozen yogurt) spoons, the concoction boiled over, just like a real witch potion!Β img_3403

The boys loved making a mess, and the smiles were well worth it. It was so great to see them using their imagination, no electronics necessary.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s