Tuesday, October 6

Our Halloween Countdown

Ever since we set up the nature table for October, my daughter has been asking every morning if it is Halloween. To provide a visual of how many days remain, this spiky haired pumpkin is now our countdown to Halloween. Every night after dinner one toothpick is removed.


I drew a face with permanent marker. We then counted the days on the calendar to Halloween. Next, we counted the toothpicks and pushed the toothpicks into the pumpkin. (Because the pumpkin is very firm and requires hand strength, a younger child may need the adult to make the holes first.)

13 comments:

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I love it! It counts down the days to Halloween, and it has a "punk rocker" appeal to it! Fun!

Nicole said...

I am so stealing this - what a fab idea! My son has been asking when Halloween is too.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Such a creative solution to the constant asking - fun too!!

Melissa said...

Love this!!!

boatbaby said...

Brilliant idea! I plan to borrow it for I get the same question each day.
:)

Anne said...

I'm making this tomorrow!

Elise said...

What a great idea and fun countdown.

Koko's mama said...

Sorry to ask a question on the wrong post but I know that you don't like to hunt for the comment.

For the smelling bottles when you used cocoa, did you use cocoa powder or actually make cocoa and put the liquid inside the bottle?

Oh, and my oldest is also asking about Halloween all the time. I might have to make this spiky pumpkin!

Amy said...

For the smelling bottles, I used cocoa powder (the kind used for baking).

SmartPumpkin'sMom said...

Great idea! Looks cool too.

My Child's Diary said...

Hi Amy!
I left you this message on your Flicker. I am not sure if you saw it, so I hope this would be alright if I re-post it here:
I have just found the pictures of your Nature Table! Thank you so much for being thoughtful enough to upload them!
May I ask when did you start presenting the Nature Table?
My son is 25 months old. I've been hesitating for a while if we can start with this project. He is yet not verbal, so I hesitate if it might cause him a bit of confusion. Also, I am almost positive that he might want to touch and play with the items presented. So I was thinking that maybe we need to wait for a little while, and use a Nature Basket for now.
Thanks,
Miri

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