A plastic ball covered with electric tape. Stick on Eyes and mouth cut from card or sparkly felt or similar. Then just a piece of muslin or cheesecloth. Simple but effective.
Unfortunately. Not many people love spiders which is a pity because they work very hard keeping down the pesky insect population. Try looking at them differently and begin with making a fun one for Halloween. It will only take about ten minutes and the kids can help.
Above: A ‘Cup and Saucer’ web
It’s fun making videos especially spooky ones and even more fun making your own sound effects.
It’s so easy to buy costumes and props and soundtracks and even laser shows to project onto walls and buildings. But to support and encourage a child to create their own is so rewarding. There are some ideas for sounds effects in this video but we need some more. What can we use for a clock striking midnight? Or a witches cackle? The clap of thunder?
Have fun. We’ll be back with a spooky ghost in a day or two.
Alfie shares the secret of his fir-cone weather station and Georgie shows you how to make this super cool Lizzie Witch Lamp.
The Lizzie Witch Lamp
This is SO much fun to make. Quick, cheap and easy.
Don’t blow up the balloon too much if you are making it for the table but a large balloon is great for outside.
The instructions are on video. Click on the link below:
The video showing how to make a Lizzie Witch Lamp
Halloween is only a month away and it’s never too early to start preparing AND it’s fun!
Make this cute spider for virtually nothing …. it’s made from a small section of a pair of black tights so you could make enough for a class of kids from one pair of tights. You do need to use the thick 80% denier tights because the stuffing will show through the finer variety. It took me twenty minutes to make and it can be easily made by a child with supervision.
2. Put an elastic band around the centre of the four pipe cleaners and then pass through the piece of tights.
8. That’s it!
Here’s the web for yesterday’s spider .
It’s not difficult. Just fiddly! AND sticky!
I recommend that this web should be made by an older child or adult.
I will be back later in the week with simpler webs for young children to make
Lizzy the Witch is terribly forgetful.
She forgets people’s birthdays
She forgets the time
She forgets where she is going.
She even forgets her broomstick.
But worst of all she forgets her magic spells!
As you can imagine, this makes life very difficult for Lizzie AND for everyone else.
Yesterday was a particularly bad day.
Lizzie woke up but forgot where she was and fell out of
Then she went into the kitchen to make breakfast.
She had bought some eggs the day before but couldn’t
remember where she had put them.
“Never mind,” thought Lizzie I can make an egg.
So Lizzie put an egg cup on a plate and the plate on the
Then she waved her majic wand and said,
“abracadabra, abracadabra, chicks and ducks and eggs
But she got forgot the rest of the spell.
Did she get her boiled egg?
No. Of course she didn’t.
There in the egg-cup sat a chick. A fluffy, yellow
A confused, fluffy, yellow chick!
Oh dear thought Lizzie. This won’t do. I think I will go and
have breakfast with Maisie.
So Lizzie put the chick outside and climbed onto her
Now which way do I go, she thought. Is it right? Or is it
left? Or maybe it’s straight on.
After flying backwards and forwards and round and round
she finally reached Maisie’s house.
Maisie was playing on her trampoline in the garden.
“Hi Maisie,” shouted Lizzie waving her arms madly.
Waving both of her arms. Up in the air.
Of course Lizzie fell off her broomstick which is what
does happen if you forget to hold on to your broomstick.
Down through the air tumbled Lizzie. Head over heels.
Fortunately she landed on the trampoline.
Bounce, bounce, bounce went Lizzy.
Creak, creak, creak went the springs.
Oh dear thought Lizzy sitting down. I feel quite dizzy.
After all that bouncing Lizzy had
forgotten where she was.
She thought she was still at home.
Hello Maisie,” she said “How nice of you to come to see
Maisie just smiled . She was used to Lizzie and her
After breakfast Lizzie went to visit Freddie.
Freddie was in the kitchen trying to put a rather large pot
on top of his cupboard.
I can do that said Lizzie and waved her majic wand.
“Abracadabra, abracadabra, pots and pans and …….”
She forgot the rest.
Do you think the pot went on top of the cupboard?
No. It stayed exactly where it was.
With Freddie in it.
Upside down. Legs in the air!
After helping to squeeze Freddie out of the pot, Lizzie
decided to visit Georgie.
Georgie was feeling sad because she hadn’t got a fancy
dress outfit for the Halloween party.
“I can fix that,” said Lizzie and waved her majic wand at
“Abracadabra, abracadabra, hats and cloaks and frogs
She forgot the rest.
Do you think Georgie was pleased with her fancy dress
Well not exactly.
Fortunately the spell didn’t last long and Lizzie and
Georgie were able to have a good giggle about it while
they enjoyed tea and cake.
By this time Lizzie was feeling very tired and decided to
Of course she had forgotten her broomstick.
She had also forgotten where she lived.
Lizzie walked down the path of what she thought was her
house and opened the door.
She was very surprised to see all her friends in her living
But of course it wasn’t her living room or her house.
S U R P R I S E ! ! they shouted.
“We thought you had forgotten to come to our party,
Lizzy,” said Spotty.
Which course, she had!
She had also forgotten it was Halloween.
But then Lizzie Witch forgets everything!
Look at the sky. What can you see?
Is it a witch?
Why do you think it's a witch?
Think of three reasons.
It's coming closer!
Yes! It looks like a witch. But could it be something else ?
It's Lizzy Jumble! I wonder why she is dressed up as a witch?
Can you guess?
Here's a clue. It is the 31st October on Saturday.
It's a special day. Do you know what it is?
Why not make a Jumble for Halloween,
You can make a witch like Lizzy from black tights.
What else could you make ?
Look at the Jumble Box.
I can see a white pillow slip and a ball.
Can you make anything spooky from them?
Have fun with your Jumbles and email me some photos.
I'll try to post them on our Pinterest board.
Why did you think it was a witch in the picture?
Did you think of 3 reasons ?
You thought of more?
That's even better!