We have had lots of fun so far this week with our Halloween theme. The children have enjoyed some spooky stories such as Room on a Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Written in rhyme, this book is great for young readers. The repetition ensures it is accessible for small children and Julia Donaldson’s judicious use of words and phrases help to broaden little vocabularies. There are some clever play on words as well, such as the dragon saying: “I’m planning to have WITCH AND CHIPS for my tea!” I love this book and i've never seen the children sit still for so long when we read it, or any of the books by this author for that matter!
The diwali candles are made from salt dough which is air-drying, so we made them over two days, painting them on the second day. We painted them with purple paint and sprinkled them with glitter before adding a tealight to each of them when they were dry. The salt dough recipe I used can be found here. As the paint dried, it created a crackly effect which I wasn't expecting, but they turned out quite well.
Of course the children got so engrossed in painting as they usually do, so I gave them some paper and let them paint some pictures afterwards. Amelia loves to get messy with the paint and began to paint her hands and print them onto the paper and the other children followed suit. She also managed to get some on her face, all over her jumper (despite wearing an apron) and the dishwasher was a nice shade of green afterwards too!