Oliver was off ´sick´ today, and I use that word in the broadest sense. So, rather than letting him watch Television all day (his plan), we started the day off with a Halloween craft.
Sometimes our crafts go really well and I get this Pinterest-worthy masterpiece that looks just as it was meant too, but as is the unpredictability of life with kids, with this craft, that certainly wasn´t the case!
I saw a great idea for making a handprint spider with a DIY lacing Card Web over on Mom Endeavours.
I liked the idea of a hand print Spider, firstly because you get a cute hand print (or so I thought) and secondly it´s really messy, and Oliver only likes those sorts of crafts 😉
It also involves lacing, and lacing is great for tuning children´s fine motor skills, which inevitably helps with their pencil control, use of scissors, holding a knife and fork etc etc.
I also like the fact that it is something Oliver can concentrate on and be proud of afterwards.
So, we got out the paints and gave it a go.
So, painting the plate orange was fine. However we just couldn´t seem to get a good hand print. I don´t know whether it was the paint we were using or the shape of the plate but it just wasn´t a clear print!
So Oliver decided that the spider hand print was a bit naff and that it would look way cooler covered in green ghoulish glitter. He also decided that a two eyed spider was not very halloweeny and that the spider would look far more gruesome with lots of eyes. So we glue gunned a load of them on!
What´s a Halloween craft without a black cat watching over you? Oliver loved adding holes around the outside of his plate to thread the spider´s string web through. This is a great exercise for strengthening those hand muscles and again the threading for fine motor skills and concentration.
I love that Oliver was so happy with his gruesome Spider, and in a way, the spider not coming out perfectly made it all the more Halloween themed!
So we managed to fit this all in before Mummy made the boys some meatballs and popped out for a much needed catch up lunch with a friend. Check in later this week for the recipe and some more pregnancy outfit ideas!