Candy Corn Activities for Halloween

Candy Corn Activities for Halloween

Now, in the electronic age, this Halloween you can enjoy your candy corn without the guilt. Check out using the fun-sized treats in various fun childrens’ activities and games. And if you work at it hard enough, you could even burn off a few calories! And remember, October 30th is American candy corn day. You’ll be pressed to find a better way to celebrate than with a couple engaging candy corn games.

Candy Corn Hunts

Little people love hunting games. Conceal fifteen pieces of candy corn in a room – underneath the couch, behind the door, on the counter. You might need to provide a couple ” you’re getting colder” clues to aid in the effort. If you leave them out in the open, even the smallest hunters should be able to find their bright colors.

If you want to spice up the idea, put the candy in little cellophane bags and close them with decorative ribbon. Hide the bags all over – either inside or out – for a candy corn angle on the traditional Easter egg hunt.

Lay a track of candy corn for children to follow. Guide them around some shrubs, or a maze – or through a messy house. Depending on the cleanliness of their rooms, you could use this idea to help your kids find their closet! If you stick a toothpick into the broader end of the candy, you instantly create an arrow. Use the arrows as clues in your hunt.

Target Practice

Try an All Hallow’s Eve spin on the timeless clothespins in a jar game. Have each kid stand on a sturdy chair and drop the candy corn down into a canning jar. A container with a wider opening, like a bucket or funnel might work out better for really little contestants, while a 2-liter pop bottle would present a far greater contest when the big kids want to strut their stuff.

Remember Bozo’s Grand Prize Game? Make your own using a few small sand pails. Rename the game after a preferred Halloween character.

Use a bit of masking tape or a stick to show a boundary line for the children.
Number the pails, placing them in a row moving away from the line, pail number one being closest.
Kids line up behind the line and toss the candies into each consecutive bucket.
Keep tally or issue prizes for hitting each pail.

After putting some candy corn into a small sealed plastic bag, have a “corn bag” toss. After playing catch, try aiming at a target or throwing the bags into a container. For extra Halloween fun, paint a jack-o-lantern face on the front of a box, and cut out holes for his eyes, nose, and mouth. Different points could be awarded for tossing the corn bags through these holes.

Other Fun Stuff

On a smooth surface like the dining room table try some shufflecorn or “bocce corn”. Someone acts as the referee, sliding out the first piece of candy corn. He then marks this piece with a toothpick. Players take turns sliding 4 different pieces as near to the referee’s mark as possible. The referee identifies which piece is the closest, giving that player a point. Play until a player gets ten points. To reduce confusion, marking each contestant’s candy pieces would be helpful.

If you really don’t mind a mess – try candy corn and frosting sculptures. Obviously, an appropriately covered table or other safe surface is recommended. Now that I think about, maybe this is better done outdoors. Prizes could be awarded for the most extraordinary sculpture, the tallest one, the neatest one — or maybe the one that looks most like dad.

String candy corn like popcorn. Not only is the activity entertaining, but also you wind up with great decorating material when you are done! Tape several strands in a doorway like a 70’s-style beaded curtain. Add an orange lava lamp for a funky Halloween theme. String some through a spooky tree in the yard. Hang it inside like party streamers or use it for jewelry.

Regardless if you are trying to avoid the sugar calories, looking for entertaining Halloween activities to occupy kids wound up about the holiday, or trying to find something to do with all of that extra candy corn, you can enjoy these guilt-free pleasures.

Gaylene Davis is an ex-teacher, now a WAHM taking care of her two boys. This candy corn article was originally written for http://www.Candy-Corn.info . For more fun Halloween themed math games and candy corn facts – check it out.

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Halloween Craft Activities for Children

Halloween Craft Activities for Children

Halloween craft activities are the ideal way to keep kids busy in the lead up to Halloween. They can enjoy the activity and when they are finished they can then use what they have made to decorate their home for Halloween. This means that they get to enjoy it even more and they will feel proud of what they have created.

There are lots of different Halloween craft activities that are suitable for kids at home or at school. There are all sorts of ghosts, bats, spiders and other creepy things that they can make. Another fun Halloween craft is to make edible things that the kids can eat when they are finished.

The following are some Halloween craft activities that you can start with. There are three popular activities that kids enjoy and that can be prepared quickly by the teacher or the parent.

You can use a small clay pot to create a spooky Halloween spider. All you need is some black paint, glue, black pipe cleaner and string. The pot is painted black and turned upside down to create the spider body. You then add some googly eyes to the side. The pipe cleaners are glued to the edges of the rim of the pot with four on each side. Bend the pipe cleaners into shape to be the spider legs and sit the pot on its rim. Your spider can then sit on a shelf or it can be hung.

To hang the spider put a piece of string through the hole and secure the string by tying a knot or tying it to a small stick so that the string won’t come back through the hole. The spider can then be hung up.

Many Halloween craft activities start with a simple paper plate. If you cut a hole in the center of the plate about six inches in diameter, you will leave a wide rim that can be used to create a Halloween wreath. Paint the wreath in orange, black or brown paint. The rim can then be covered with dried grasses, leaves, flowers and twigs. Add plastic spiders and bugs and cotton balls that are stretched over it to create spider webs.

Another simple Halloween craft is to create Halloween luminaries. These can be made from large jars that are painted orange. Cut out a black shape of a pumpkin, a witch or a bat etc and glue the shape onto the jar. Place sand in the bottom of the jar and a small tea candle in the center of the sand. These can be indoor or outdoor decorations . A row of these look great lining the walkway to greet the trick or treaters.

Halloween craft activities are a great activity for the lead up to Halloween. Use a little imagination and these crafts don’t have to be expensive. Often you can use materials that you already have. The kids enjoy making the craft and they get to use them when they are finished to decorate their home or classroom.

Terri Evans is a parent and teacher who has created a collection of Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids. For more Halloween craft activities visit www.easy-kids-halloween-crafts.com.

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Honor the Earth With These Inspiring Earth Day Activities

Honor the Earth With These Inspiring Earth Day Activities

Earth has a special day. It’s sort of like a birthday. It’s called Earth Day. It began on April 21, 1970. Earth Day is celebrated all over the world, usually on the first day of spring but sometimes on April 22nd. It is a special day to remind us to take care of our Earth, our environment, and to learn what we can do to help keep the Earth healthy—not just on Earth Day but every day! Help your children honor the Earth by sharing with them these inspiring and educational Earth Day activities

Trash Hike

Provide each child with a bag and gloves. Have them pick up trash. Talk about the items that they picked up. Ask children if they think any of the items they found are recyclable. If so, have them place the items in a container to be recycled later.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

First, explain to children what the following words mean:
Reduce: This means you cut down or lessen the amount of materials you use. For example, if you use both sides of a piece of paper, you are reducing the number of pages you need.
Reuse: This means you use the material over again, either for the same purpose, or for something else. For example, a coffee can could be reused as a container for crayons or pencils.
Recycle: This means to use the materials over again to make a new product. For example, old newspapers are recycled when they are made into new paper products.

Next, create a 3-column chart. Label the columns Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Cut out pictures from a magazine of items like a tire, a Styrofoam cup, a plastic bottle, a glass jar, soda can, etc. and have children categorize them. Variation: Have bins in which children can sort the items.

Recyclables Game

Collect cans with lid remove, plastic bottles, and newspaper. Label 3 bins or trash cans: cans, bottles, and newspaper. Draw a line and place the containers about 3 to 5 feet away from the line. Have children stand behind the line and try to toss the recyclables into the appropriate container.

Field Trip

Have children collect plastic grocery bags and return them to their neighborhood grocery store.

Trash Collage

Use throw away paper, labels, scraps cut from junk mail, aluminum foil, pull tabs from soda cans—anything you can find that is typically thrown away—to make a collage.

Wind Sock
Earth day craft Cut the bottom of a cup or margarine tub. Cut streamers from crepe paper, ribbons and plastic bags. Attach other recycled items on a string. Arrange and glue them around the cup so that they hang down over the edge. Make two holes and attach a pipe cleaner or ribbon to make a hanger.

Dirt Cups

Have children make this fun snack by putting chocolate pudding in a paper cup. Have them top the pudding with crushed chocolate cookies and a gummy worm.

Jolanda Garcia is a former teacher and educational content designer. Visit her websites at: Preschool activities and crafts , and www.eartwiggles.com

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