Make Gummy Worm Ice Cubes

Make Gummy Worm Ice Cubes

This Halloween, make kooky, spooky gummy worm ice cubes with your preschooler! It’s no secret that kids love water play, whether it’s jumping in puddles, catching snowflakes on their tongues, or running through sprinklers. With this activity, your child will discover how water becomes a solid when it’s frozen. He will delight in creating ice cubes with a slightly creepy yet cute surprise tucked inside! Kids will love putting them in beverages at your Halloween party and surprising their friends!

What You Need:

  • Ice cube tray
  • Filtered water
  • Bag of gummy worms

What You Do:

  1. Help your child place one gummy worm into each section of the ice cube tray.
  2. Fill the tray with cold water together. This is a perfect project for youngsters because things don’t have to be exact. Each gummy worm can be situated in a different position, in a little less or a little more water.
  3. Talk to your child about the difference between liquids and solids. Ask her what she thinks will happen when you put the tray in the freezer. Will the gummgummy-worm-ice-cubes-slideies prevent the water from turning into ice? Will it remain a liquid, turn into a solid, or something in between? Ask for her guess, or “hypothesis”.
  4. Put the tray in the freezer until the ice cubes are ready. Inspect them with your child and discuss the results. Did the experiment turn out how she expected?
  5. Help your child put the ice cubes into her favorite beverage and watch her eyes light up as the ice cube melts revealing a yummy gummy worm swimming around in her drink.

Make extra gummy worm ice cubes for the Halloween party and let the spooky fun begin!

Make a Plastic Cup Pet

Make a Plastic Cup Pet

Learning about how plants grow is a building block in the preschool curriculum. Put fun twist on the science concept with these cup pets. They also make great home decor.I did this with my entire class. We used TickleMe Plant seeds that we got on line The plants now close their leaves and lower their branches when the kids tickle their Pet Plants!

What You Need:

  • Small plastic cup
  • Permanent markers
  • Cotton balls
  • Plastic bags
  • Potting soil
  • Eyedropper
  • Grass seed or radish seeds
  • Small container of water

What You Do:

  1. Hand your child the plastic cup. Supervise carefully while your child uses permanent markers to draw her pet’s face on the cup.
  2. Ask your child to dip the cotton ball in the water and put it in the bottom of her cup.
  3. Then, put potting soil on top of the balls, be sure to stop an inch below the cup’s rim.
  4. Help your child sprinkle seeds on top of the soil and lightly pat them down. Show her how to use the eyedropper to slowly add water to the cup. The soil should be damp, but not wet. If the seeds become too damp your pet will rot!
  5. Ask your child to put the cup near a window.
  6. Loosely cover each cup with a plastic bag.
  7. After a while you should start to see growth. Your pet is growing fur, or maybe it’s hair? We have no idea. But ours sure is cute!

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Craft a Cat Candy Cone for Halloween

Craft a Cat Candy Cone for Halloween

A perfect way to share Halloween treats – create a simple cone shape that is stapled in place, then create a black cat face to affix to the side of the cone. These make great Halloween gifts or place settings for parties when filled with your favorite candy!

What You Need:

  • Black and pink construction paper: 8.5” x 11” each
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Jewels or sequins for the eyes
  • 2 black pipe cleaners
  • Clear tape
  • Small plate to help create a cone
  • Stapler

What You Do:

  1. Trace around a small plate on black construction paper. Cut out the circle from the plate and twirl it into a cone shape. Staple the edges of the cone in place and set aside.
  2. On the black paper, draw an oval shape with two triangles on it to create a cat head. Cut the shape out.
  3. On the pink paper, draw two smaller triangles for the inner ears, a small circle for the nose and a half- circle for the mouth. Cut these shapes out and glue them into place on the black cat head.
  4. Glue the jewel or sequin eyes in place on the cat face.
  5. Fold a pipe cleaner in half and cut it in the center. Fold half of the pipe cleaner into three equal parts, cut at the folds creating 3 whiskers. Glue these three whiskers onto one side of the cat face using a glue stick. Repeat with the other half of the pipe cleaner for the opposite side of the face.
  6. Glue the bottom half of the cat face onto the top of the cone. Half of the face should be above the cone without glue.
  7. Cut the other pipe cleaner in half and curl the top part of it to resemble a cat tail. Glue the straight side of the tail to the back of the cone and then place a small piece of tape over the glued pipe cleaner to reinforce it to the paper.
  8. Fill your cone with your favorite candies and share it with a friend!

 

Helpful Hint: Use your cat cone as a place setting by writing a name on the front of the cone using a white paint marker.

 

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