At first cock-crow the ghosts must go, back to their quiet graves below – Theodosia Garrison
As Halloween approaches I’m grabbing it with both hands and going full steam ahead with the themed activities! Today we have a Halloween treasure basket that I put together for about £5 which I don’t think is too bad at all. It’s not the biggest treasure basket I’ve seen but it was more than enough for Emily.
The ghosts and pumpkins flashed different colours which added an extra fun element to this play. The ghosts lit up by turning on a switch but the pumpkins came to life when thrown. Emily is getting very good at throwing her toys so this was a lovely way to teach her about cause and effect and allow her to throw things in a safe way. The light up ghosts we actually bought from Card Factory. We went in to buy a birthday card and spotted them on a shelf. Emily pointed at them and squealed when I showed her so I bought two. They had other little light up toys too but we left those behind. The pumpkins are from Poundland.
I also added three white shower puffs to the basket. These are also from Poundland and I thought they were a great way to add an extra texture. I have plans to use them in a few other activities too as they are really multi functional. I originally wanted to add orange ones but I think the white was perfect and allowed for the other items to stand out a lot more. Emily really enjoyed picking them up and squeezing them in her hand. She also quite liked to pick them up by the string and fling them around.
Emily has got a really good pincer grasp (if I do say so myself) which I think comes from all the cheerios she eats. She is very delicate when she picks things up and rather than grabbing the pumpkins in her whole hand she spent a lot of time really trying to pick them up by one of the little strings. She didn’t grab the pumpkin until I put the whole thing into her hand. I’m not sure if she liked the texture because she threw it down pretty quickly and went back to trying to pick up the individual strings. I know strings is the wrong word but I can’t think how else to describe the texture.
All in all I would say that this Halloween treasure basket was a success! Its so fun to watch Emily explore new sights, sounds and textures, I could watch her play all day! I’m excited to put together more themed play ideas for her, keep your eyes peeled for more play based posts!
Love Laura xx