In preparation for Halloween we have been reading ‘The Haunted House’ by Kazuno Kohara. A little girl, who turns out to be a witch, lives in a haunted house but manages to catch all the ghosts. She turns them into curtains and blankets. When I was replacing some net curtains I realised they would be perfect to recycle into ghosts – opposite to what the little witch did in ‘The Haunted House’ book. The same day Adam used a fly squatter to hit a single balloon around the living room. The idea of Ghost Balloon Busters was formed.
The ghosts were made by sellotaping strips of net curtain around a white balloon. I used a permanent black marker pen to form the eyes and mouth. I gave Adam a choice of two fly squatters to hit the balloons around the living room.
Adam loved hitting the ghost balloons around the room. You had to hit them hard for the balloons to go into the air but Adam succeeded.He found it hilarious when I ran around the room with the ghost balloon and he tried to catch me.
Adam ran around for 45 minutes playing with the ghost balloons. He attempted several times to try and pick up all 5 balloons at the same time and got frustrated when he couldn’t! He also liked to place the ghost balloons into a pyramid formation on the floor and count them.
After all of that running around, Adam was exhausted. What better way to finish Ghost Balloon Busters than with a ghost balloon cuddle!
Have you seen our other Halloween Sensory Bin featured on Building Blocks and Acorns? Go take a look!
* White balloons
* Recycled net curtains cut into strips
* Permament marker pen
* Fly squater
Adam was 2 years and 2 months old.
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