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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!

I’ll admit it.

When I see a book I loved as a child, you can bet I’ll be snapping it up for my own kiddos. So when my firstborn was little and I found a new copy of The Sesame Street 1, 2, 3 Storybook, I grabbed it and ran for the check-out counter. I’ve now enjoyed this cute counting book with all four of my children, and each time it has brought back fond memories of being read to by my own mom when I was a little girl. (Isn’t that a memory we all hope for with our kids?)

Cover art by Michael Frith

Honestly, I don’t even know if this exact book is still available, but there are plenty of Sesame Street books out there. And if you read any of them with YOUR little one, why not follow up with a special, healthy snack-time activity by making this edible Bert and Ernie pair from fruit?

I got the idea from here and adapted it by using a cherry tomato instead of candy. My little one, who has never actually seen an episode of Sesame Street, loved counting along with this book. She and I had so much fun putting this treat together, and she proudly showed off the finished product all over the house, delighted that her older siblings recognized the duo immediately. What better motivation could you provide to eat something so healthy?

Fun, fun.

Enjoy learning together!