As a stay at home mom, I’m constantly looking for fun activities I can do with my son to keep him entertained.  We like ones that are cheap and require few materials!  Here are two fun ones we recently did that I wanted to share with you all.  Warning: baths may be required following participation in these activities!

Potato Jack-O-Lantern Stamp

What kiddo doesn’t love finger paints?!

Materials  

  • 1 potato
  • Paring knife
  • Red and yellow washable finger paint
  • Paper plate
  • White paper
  • Blanket or something to cover the kiddo’s work space

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Instructions

  • Cut the potato in half horizontally
  • Using the paring knife, carve out two triangle eyes and a smile

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  • Pour red and yellow finger paint on a paper plate
  • Let the child mix the two colors together with their fingers and/or a spoon. Talk about how red and yellow make orange!  At 16 months old, my son didn’t quite understand the concept yet but he sure had fun mixing (and flinging) the paint!
    • Side note: watch the fingers closely… my little man stuck his fingers in the paint and then they went straight in the mouth… and then he threw up. Just a little lesson we learned!

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  • Coat the carved side of the potato in the orange paint and place on the paper

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  • Boom! You have a beautiful jack-o-lantern!

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Jell-O Spiders

My son LOVES sensory play.  Anything where he can use his hands to explore different textures will have his attention captured for at least 15 minutes.  This particular activity had him occupied for a whole FORTY minutes!  It was amazing.

Materials

  • 1 package of Jell-O (any color!)
  • 1 ice cube tray
  • Spider rings (or any small object about that size! I used spiders to fit with the Halloween theme.  Plus they were only a dollar at Target so major win!

Instructions

  • Prepare the Jell-O according to the package directions
  • Place the spider rings in the ice cube tray slots
  • Fill each ice cube tray slot with the Jell-O mixture
  • Refrigerate until formed
  • Give the ice cube tray to the child and let the exploration begin!

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Little man loved picking the spiders out of the Jell-O

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And inspecting them

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And placing them in a pile (he loves organization just like his mama!)

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There’s nothing better than squishing Jell-O between your fingers and fishing out spiders according to Jonas!

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What are some of your favorite crafts and sensory activities to do with your kids?!