October is the start of fall and finishes with Halloween. A month that can be packed with fun themed activities. Here are a few that I have done with my host kids this month.
We found some really cool painting sets for pumpkins at Target. They had themed ones like Cinderella and paw patrol. Painting is so much easier than carving, and every one that knows me, knows how clumsy I am, so to save me and the kids from any serious accidents painting was definitely the way to go.
I squirted some paint on the pumpkin and they could spread it out using a foam brush. Side note: it gets messy and pumpkins roll 😅. Then the packet came with some figures that you could stick into the pumpkin, just to give it something extra.
After 2 weeks of my host kid asking if we could bake a pumpkin pie, I caved and went to buy the ingredients. Normally I would make the whole thing completely from scratch but to keep this as child proof as possible I went with a ready made crust and pumpkin pie mix. It was a quick and easy after school activity and he enjoyed it so much. I let him put the ingredients in the bowl and stir it altogether until it was ready to be put in the crust and in the oven. Pumpkin pie takes a long time so a movie is definitely the way to go to distract them and not have the question every 5 minutes ‘Is it done yet?’ 🤣
It was very yummy and not something we typically eat in Europe so it was nice to have all ingredients on hand and to be able to make a very American dish with my host kid.
We also made Halloween cookies, this is not an ad, but Target (again) had so many baking supplies for Halloween. I got cookie cutters and sprinkles and icing. I invited some other children round (Tamar and her host kids) and we were able to have a cookie decorating playdate. Every child was given 2 cookies and the rest was up to them. Did they use too much icing? Yes. Did most of the sprinkles end up being eaten? Yes. But they had so much fun and I think that is the most important part of the whole activity.
I feel that every au pair goes to a pumpkin patch when they are here, mainly because the rest of the world is not as obsessed with pumpkins. It is a fun adventure to do with your host kids and many of them offer hayrides or playing opportunities for the children. And they love it that they are able to pick their own pumpkin to then paint (or carve). It also feels very festive when you are there and something that you need to experience.
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