Posts Tagged ‘Halloween’

Today seems like a great day to share some of the pumpkin activities we’ve been doing over the last couple of weeks. First, and most important, here’s a fun Bible lesson you can do with your children while you carve your pumpkins. As you scoop out the pumpkin “guts,” explain that those are like the sins in our lives—yucky, stinky, and disgusting!

pumpkin guts--sin in our lives

As babies, we are created pure and clean by God. But eventually, we begin to understand the difference between right and wrong. As we get older, we begin to sin, and our lives get more and more full of that yucky, STINKY sin.

stinky sin, like pumpkin guts

However, as we get to know God and His will better by reading His Word (Romans 10:17), we begin to understand how our sin hurts God, and it makes us incredibly sad. The Bible calls this being “cut to the heart” (Acts 2:37).

cut to the heart--pumpkin Bible lesson

Once we get to that point, we desperately want to DO something about all that rotten sin we are carrying around, but we can’t do it on our own. We need Jesus to remove all those stinky sins for us!

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Sin is like those stinky pumpkin guts–and we need JESUS to remove it for us!

As you talk with your children, be sure they know HOW this happens. Here is a fantastic explanation of how to be saved—according to God’s plan, not man’s. Not only does it contain relevant Scriptures, but the analogies of the sandwich and the door are excellent, and your child will easily understand them! Once we are saved, Jesus’ light begins to shine in us. (II Corinthians 4:6)

Jesus' light shines in us!

In fact, once we become Christians, people who look at us shouldn’t see “the old us” anymore. They should see the light of Jesus shining whenever they look at us. (Matthew 5:16)

People should see the light of Jesus when they look at us

Please note that I am NOT indicating that young children are ready to be saved, or even have such a need. In every single example in the Bible, those who became Christians were older. But, now is absolutely the time to be teaching your young children about God’s plan of salvation, because 1) they’re going to need to follow this plan themselves, eventually, and 2) they’ll hear a whole lot of conflicting information from the world, and need to know what the Bible really says. If you finish your Bible lesson and haven’t completely lost your appetite from the gunk you handled, you and your child can whip up a yummy dessert: pumpkin pie minis. You can find the recipe here, and then gather up these items, plus some milk to make the pudding:

pumpkin pie minis, ingredients

Once you provide the ingredients, your little one can prepare a lot of this dessert by himself, mixing the milk and pudding mix with a whisk, and stiring spoonfuls of pudding and pumpkin filling into the mini-crusts. If you use Cool Whip instead of whipped cream, he could even add a dollop to each mini, and they’ll be ready to eat immediately!

pumpkin pie minis

My daughter was so proud to serve these to her family, and their response provided great reinforcement for her efforts. If you want something even easier, you can try something like this mix for pumpkin spice cookies:

pumpkin spice cookie mix

Yes, I realize you could start from scratch…but when I saw this mix at Aldi for less than $2.00, I knew it would be fun to let Remi have a project she could help with that would yield super-quick results.

pumpkin spice cookies--kid baked

As you may have guessed, all these cookies came from kid-rolled balls. And they were delicious! We put some cream cheese frosting on some of them, but they were eaten up before I could get a picture. (Imagine that!) Finally, here’s a fun and easy pumpkin art project your little one can do. Get out your supply of old acrylic paints…you know, the ones you collected a decade or two ago and still have sitting around, just in case? (Yeah, those.) Put down some newspaper, or go outside—or both, as we did—and grab a few of the mini pumpkins you couldn’t resist on your last grocery trip.

pumpkin painting

And now the fun begins! Simply shake up some paint, hand it over to your child, and let the squeezing begin.

easy pumpkin painting

Remi had fun choosing the colors and layering them on her little pumpkins. It was a great way to keep her happy while older siblings were actually getting to carve their bigger ones.

pumkin art

At this point, your child could add glitter, googly eyes, or whatever else her little heart desires…but we thought these were beautiful just as they were.

kid art--painted pumpkins

I’ve seen these all over Pinterest, but will give credit to Time to Play since her blog was the first place I saw them. Of course, if you haven’t already done so, you’ll want to complete your pumpkin study with a trip to your local pumpkin patch!

pumpkin patch

Be sure to check out this post for Halloween fun for your child. Enjoy learning together,

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It’s Halloween, and that means lots of fun projects with our little ones! Here are a couple of children’s book-related crafts, a healthy snack, and a fun Halloween lunch idea to help you make the most of the day with your little goblin!

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First up, an easy snack loaded with fun AND nutrition–can’t beat that, right?

healthy Halloween snack

As you can see, it’s just a banana and a few cutie oranges, accessorized with some candy pieces to make them spooky and fun. (I used m&m’s for the eyes, and Twizzler pieces for the pumpkin stems.) I found this idea a while back in one of those random little ads on Facebook and couldn’t wait to try it out with my youngest. And it didn’t disappoint! I set it up and started calling out, “Eek! There are ghosts in the pumpkin patch!” Remi came running to see what all the commotion was about, and her face was priceless when she saw her snack. (We have talked extensively about the fact that ghosts are not real, just silliness, so she is not afraid. Use discretion and common sense, based on your child’s age and sensitivity level.)

Next, we read this fun book:

I don’t want to give away the ending, but let’s just say the little guy in Where’s My Mummy? and I definitely have something in common. After enjoying the book, we got busy on our mummy craft. We grabbed a mason jar and some white muslin cloth, which we ripped into strips to wrap around the jar. We used a paintbrush dipped in a mixture of equal parts white glue and water, which we brushed on to adhere the cloth to the jar. While it was still wet, we added a couple of huge googly eyes to our little mummy.

jar mummy

My daughter wanted to add a mouth and nose, so while I was out of the room, she had her older sister help her do so with food coloring. (The little boogers…)

Then we dropped in a candle…

candle in mason jar mummy

…and ended up with this adorable Halloween decoration.

mason jar mummy, lit

Where's My Mummy craft

I found the idea over at Time for Play. You might want to try this cute mummy craft, as well.

Then, when it’s time for lunch, why not whip up a fun and tasty jack-o-lantern pizza like this?

Jack-o-lantern pizza

It’s easy! Just add whatever toppings your little goblin loves in the shape of eyes, nose, and crooked mouth. I copied the idea from a poster in the window of Papa Murphy’s (a take-and-bake pizza chain), and we make one every year.

After lunch, it’s time for another fun book and craft. Stellaluna is the story of a baby bat who is separated from his mother and raised by birds, finally learning who he is and that we can all be friends despite our differences.

I found a cute idea for a bat craft over at Reading Confetti, but changed it up a little out of pure laziness. Rather than trace and cut out hand prints on black paper (which you could certainly do if you are less lazy), I painted Remi’s hands black and let her press them on white cardstock, adding googly eyes while we reviewed the fact that bats CAN see (despite the long-standing myth that they are blind.)

handprint bat

You might also want to give this little bat craft a whirl.

Finally, check out this post for some fun pumpkin activities, including snacks, an art project, and a very special Bible lesson.

Enjoy learning together…even on Halloween!