Fall Activities

By: Crystal Alba

These past couple of weeks have been busy for us as we came up with a fun way to make our pumpkins come to life! We also figured out an innovative way to keep the fun behind “Trick or treat” with our mystery punch board!

Finally, we made a scarecrow! We may not have an instagram- worthy-decorated-porch, but hey, at least the kids are having fun, right?

We hope one of these activities sparks your creativity for the season with your little ones!

Erupting Pumpkins!

We love science experiments in our house! We played “evil scientist” and brought our pumpkins to life in our “lab”. If you haven’t tried making “elephant toothpaste” before, you’re going to love doing it now! Look for the chemical reaction below!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A pumpkin carved into a Jack O’ Lantern
  • A cylinder cup of some sort that will fit in your pumpkin
  • Two tablespoons of dish soap
  • 1 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide
  • About 6 tbspoons of warm water
  • 2 packets of dry yeast
  • Food coloring
  • Safety goggles
  • Mixing utensil

Note: Hydrogen Peroxide that is higher than 3% can irritate the skin, please have an adult handle this substance.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Make sure you have your Jack O’ Lantern set up. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
  2. Set your cylinder cup in your pumpkin.
  3. Add soap in the cup
  4. Add several drops of food coloring to the soap (any color)
  5. Have a separate bowl (or mug in our case) and add warm water
  6. Add two packets of yeast to the warm water and mix thoroughly for 30 seconds
  7. Pour the yeast mixture into the cylinder and…. IT’S ALIVEEEE!!!

**DO NOT TOUCH THE FOAM if you are using higher than 3% hydrogen peroxide. The chemical reaction makes the foam hot. Wait at least 5-10 minutes for it to cool down.

Trick or Treat Board!

Halloween being cancelled doesn’t mean that you can’t find another way to have the fun! We got creative with some of the kids in our family and threw a costume party! They loved the nuance of a different way to trick or treat since they were anticipating candy! But this activity allows suspense to factor in since you don’t know what cup you’re getting- A Trick or A Treat!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Candy
  • Creepy crawlers
  • Slime
  • Tissue paper
  • Tape
  • Hot glue
  • Styrofoam poster board
  • Paint
  • Solo cups

Here’s what to do:

  1. Fill some of your solo cups with candy and some with creepy crawlers and slime to make the trick or treat cups
  2. Cut squares of tissue paper big enough to cover the top of your cup
  3. Tape on tissue paper to the top of the cup (tape it all around, we don’t want any peekers)
  4. Decorate with paint
  5. Hot glue your cups onto the poster board
  6. Set aside to dry
  7. Grab some kids
  8. Let them test their luck!

DIY scarecrow!

Yes, I know Walmart and Target are selling scarecrows, but we took the opportunity to make a scarecrow as a fall activity and got creative! We loved every second of it especially because we made this guy all under $20!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An old flannel shirt
  • Jeans
  • Shoes
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Duct tape
  • Hot glue or super glue
  • 6-7 pool noodles
  • A pumpkin treat bucket
  • clothes hanger (optional)

Here’s what to do:

  1. Start by taping two pool noodles together for one leg
  2. Repeat for the other side
  3. Measure out the hip length of the pants with a pool noodle and cut the measurement you need
  4. Put the cut pool noodle at the waist line of the pants. This will allow your scarecrow to have form.
  5. Tape another pool noodle, standing vertically, in the center of the waist pool noodle. Leave aside.
  6. Cut another pool noodle in half. Use each half for an arm. You want the arms to be mobile.
  7. Tape the inside of the sleeve to the noodle
  8. Wrap the shirt around the other half of the body
  9. Optional: Using a metal hanger, un- wrap it so that it is a metal rod. Then pierce it through the noodle in the middle of the body so that it can connect to the arms. This allows more stability
  10. Tape the inside of the shirt to the pants
  11. Make a hole in the bottom of the bucket big enough for the noodle to go in
  12. Use hot glue or super glue to bind the hat to the bucket
  13. Once dry, insert your head onto the noodle
  14. Add your gloves by gluing or taping
  15. Sit your scarecrow on the porch
  16. Watch your neighbors get freaked out!

This activity was a little more complicated but I think we enjoyed the result of our hard work in the end! We got our clothes from goodwill and had fun picking out the “wardrobe” for the scarecrow. We bought our head and pool noodles from the dollar store. Shoes, gloves, tape and glue we had at home. The best part? This project was under $20!

Cheers to that!

We hope you enjoyed our activities that we have stored up for you!

Let us know which one you may try with your little ones at home this fall.

Thanks for tuning in!

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