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Family FunSpot October

Family FunSpot October

The FunSpot is about to get spooky! Join us for activities that celebrate the silliest and sweetest part of the season. Everything you can munch on or makeup will be sure to make your October awesome!

 

Glo Jars

Glo-Stick Jars

10/29/19

Want some spooky décor for your windows or a party tabletop? Try making these cool glo-stick jars!

You will need:

  • Glo-sticks
  • Straw
  • Gloves
  • Mason jars
  • Glitter
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Crack the glow-stick so that it glows brightly.

Put on gloves to protect your hands from the glowing contents.

Take scissors and cut the end of the glow-stick off and let the contents drip inside the mason jar, then turn it over and clip the other end of the glow-stick.

Take the straw and place it over the end of the glow-stick and gently blow the rest of the contents into the jar. (Like you’re blowing out the contents of an egg)

Add glitter to the jar, replace the lid and shake it up.

Add as much of the glowing material into the jar as you like—the more you add the brighter it will glow.

For best results, use emergency grade glow-sticks for this activity. Emergency grade sticks provide brighter color that lasts longer than the inexpensive party-grade you would find at the craft store

*This activity must always be supervised by an adult. The contents of the glow-sticks should always be handled with glove-protected hands.

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at happilynesting.wordpress for sharing this activity with our team

 

Face Painting Shortcuts

Face Painting Shortcuts

10/22/19

With Halloween on the horizon, picking up face painting skills will not only save you time and money, it’s also a much safer option for your little trick-or-treaters.

Tips:

Choose a great quality face paint. We like Snazaroo. The pigment they use has great coverage and their kits offer a wide variety of colors and special effects. (https://amzn.to/30LBaIi)

Use micro-glitter or frosted or glitter-based eye shadows for sparkle. Do not use craft glitter—it’s much too abrasive for faces.

Get a set of stencils. If the idea of “free-hand” painting is daunting, there are plenty of stencil kits out there to make designing a face super simple.

Stay away from eyes, noses, and mouths. Paint around these areas—not over them. While face paint is formulated for use on skin—play it safe and keep paint away from areas where it could be ingested.

Always make sure that your child closes their eyes when face painting. Again, be safe and not sorry.

Want the ultimate zombie or monster face? Apply clay or oatmeal-based mask to skin and let it dry and crackle—then paint over it with the color of your choice.

Replace craft-grade paintbrushes with make-up brushes. Elf brand has nice, synthetic brushes that retail for $1.00-3.00. (https://bit.ly/2wj9yfG)

Use sponges and cotton swabs to apply color to large areas of skin. In addition, sponges allow for shading and color-layering special effects if desired.

Always keep cotton swabs and a container of water handy to fix mistakes and to clean brushes.

When removing face paint, use scotch tape to remove glitter. Gently press the tape against the glitter areas and peel it off.

Use baby wipes and baby oil to carefully remove the rest of the face paint.

Once the paint has been removed, apply a light moisturizer to the skin to stave off irritation.

We hope these little face painting tricks will make your Halloween transformation a treat!

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at triedandtrueblog.com for sharing this activity with our team

 

Candy Corn Creatures

Candy Corn Creatures

10/15/19

Candy corn has really taken over the world, or at least the months of September through November. These cute and squishy creatures are fun to make and even more fun to eat.

You will need:

  • 1 bag of jumbo marshmallows
  • 8 oz of white chocolate chips or Wilton colored candy pellets
  • Vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Orange food coloring
  • Black gel icing in a tube

Instructions:

Begin by melting the white chocolate candies. If melting wafers or bar chocolate, chop it into small pieces to make it easier to melt

Place the chocolate pieces in a microwave-safe bowl

Set the microwave on the defrost setting, set the timer for 30-second increments, and stir in between heating until thoroughly melted

If using a double boiler, set the heat on low constantly stirring the chocolate until it’s melted

Once the chocolate is melted you may add a small bit of oil to the chocolate to keep it smooth and fluid

Separate the chocolate into two bowls and add orange food coloring to one bowl and yellow to the other—stir until the color is blended

If using colored Wilton chocolate melts, food coloring is unnecessary

Dip your marshmallows in the orange chocolate first, going about a 1/3 of the way up, and then set on a parchment-lined cookie sheet to set up

Once the orange chocolate is set up and firm, begin re-dipping in the yellow chocolate, covering about half of the orange layer

Replace all the creatures back on the parchment-lined cookie sheet and allow the chocolate to set up fully

Use the black gel icing and add eyes to each face

Place them back on the cookie sheet and allow them to set up again before eating

Enjoy!

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at kneadtocook.com for sharing this activity with our team

 

 

Zombie Avocado Toast

10/4/19

Pop culture has us embracing zombies and avocados. Why not combine them for a scary-good healthy snack? The kids will love putting their zombie face together!

You will need:

  • Slices of toasted whole-grain bread
  • Ripe avocados or guacamole
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Pretzel pieces
  • Pumpkin seeds or corn nuts
  • Red pepper pieces
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Black or green olive halves
  • Balsamic dressing or pumpkin seed oil

Instructions:

Hard boil your eggs

Put your bread slice in the toaster

Mash your ripe avocado or open your premade guacamole

Spread a layer of it over the toast

Add quartered hard boil egg for eyes and use olives for the pupils

Place small pieces of romaine on the face to look like peeling flesh

Use the red pepper pieces to make a mouth or to create a wound

Place pumpkin seeds or corn nuts along the mouth for teeth

Place your broken pretzel pieces near the top crust to create hair

Drizzle dressing or pumpkin seed oil to make the skin appear to be seeping

We would like to thank our FunSpot friends at funkyfoods.blog for sharing this activity with our team
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