Halloween Gruesome Gruel

What you need:

Leaves, white paint, black marker pen, pegs

Potatoes, a sharp knife, paint (white, black), orange card Carrots, a sharp knife

Pearl barley seeds, baking tray, food dye (red/green)

Jelly (we used glittery pink, but green or orange always looks pretty good!)

Plastic insects / spiders

What to do:

Instructions written within the brackets { } MUST be performed by the adult or with close adult supervision depending on the age of the child.

Leaf ghosts - Take a leaf (maple leaves are a good ghostly shape). Paint it white. Wait for it to dry. Using a marker pen, draw two eyes and a howling mouth. Hang upside down using pegs.

Skull prints - {Take a potato and using a sharp knife cut it in half. Use the knife to cut out eyes, nose and teeth holes from the shape of the potato.} Let the children press the potato into white or black paint and print onto contrasting coloured card.

Seedy seeds - Place the pearl barley seeds in a zip-lock bag and add a few drops of food colouring. Shake the bag and then pour on to a baking tray. Cook in the oven on a moderate heat until dry. Wait for the seeds to cool before playing with them!

Pumpkin carrots - {Take a carrot. Using a sharp knife, cut two channels out of the length of the carrot to create a pumpkin stork shape. Slice the remaining carrot into rings. Revealing mini pumpkin shapes.}

Brain Jelly - Melt the jelly cubes with hot water as per the instructions on the packet, set in the fridge for a few hours.

Stir it all together in the cauldron and mutter your spells!

What we learn:

We develop our fine motor skills

We explore textures, smells and colour

We touch different media and materials

We develop our vocabulary and self confidence

We use our imaginations

We learn about the world around us

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