I had a free Toucan Box that I got with a voucher code things months and months ago and although I think it’s really aimed at 3 years plus with some help Jack was able to do this activity.
It included a little canvas bag and some bits and pieces to decorate it, so we ripped the tissue paper into random shapes and arranged them out on the piece of foil, then Jack got to use the paint brush and cover them in water. I pressed the bag on top, with the cardboard box inside to stop the ink going through both sides. When we lifted the bag the tissue had left a lovely marbled effect.
There’s another step included to stencil shapes on using felt tips but we may save them for something else when he’s a bit bigger, along with the bingo cards for spotting different things outside.
There was a fair amount of tissue leftover, so I got Jack to do some more ripping whilst I quickly drew a monster on sugar paper with a permanent marker. I then got out the glue, (which apparently is friendly glue produced especially for early years crafts?!) and again Jack used the paint brush to dab glue (with guidance) and throw handfuls of tissue onto the paper which we then glued over to stick down.
Later I added the eye stickers that I had picked up in Tesco and a roughly cut piece of parcel tape with spiky teeth drawn on, again in permanent marker.
I put the monster up on the wall with the paintings and Jack keeps pointing at it, I’m trying to teach him that monsters roar like lions and dinosaurs!
I have a couple of ideas for making Halloween crafts, so we’ll see what else we’ll get to this month!