The other morning the postman arrived at Damson Lane with a package full of plastic pots that I had ordered for a Halloween craft. I unpacked them and set them out on a little table. Blue was instantly interested as he has a special radar for anything new that is interesting to Mummy and he loves containers, boxes, tubs and pots. I decided to take full advantage of the fact that I had his attention and abandon my original plan for the pots – it is quite difficult to engage him in any craft so I thought it was time to think on my feet!
I filled each pot with some pom poms, sorted into colours and then I let him loose to investigate. Blue was able to while away half an hour taking pom poms out of the jars, mixing the colours and then re-sorting them (with a little help from Mummy). We discussed the colours, which jar to put the colours in and then just had fun.
The pots were supposed to be used for a Halloween craft and all the play with pom poms gave me the idea to give the colour sorting activity a Halloween theme. I added a googly eye to each of the pom poms with a dab of PVA glue and then put our new ‘monster’s eyeballs’ back in the pots. They look great next to the pumpkins and I am so pleased to find a Halloween activity that Blue has taken an interest in – finally!
It goes without saying that the googly eyes can become detatched so the ‘monster’s eyeballs’ are not suitable for leaving alone with a little one but the sorting activity is a great one to share with a pre-schooler.