We have teamed up with over 30 bloggers to share activities and crafts based on our favourite Halloween picture books. My immediate choice – Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul.
Winnie the Witch has a black house. Everything inside is black, including her cat Wilbur. When Wilbur closes his eyes, he disappears into the background of Winnie’s home and she steps on him. When trying to solve the issue, Winnie changes Wilbur’s colour first to green and then into five colours. Our Halloween Read and Play activity is to create a multi-coloured Wilbur the cat.
The first time I did this activity was on my first ever teaching placement in a Nursery School during my PGCE year. At the time I didn’t know about the wonders of rainbow rice. I used to mix paint and rice together. However, most of it used to come out in big clumps. Rainbow rice made the process easier and we are still using the batch we made nearly a year ago.
To set the activity up I cut two cats out of black card. I placed one on a tray to minimise the mess and used recycled containers to store the rainbow rice and glue. I placed a scoop to be used with the rice but it wasn’t needed.
First Adam covered the cat in PVA glue. A roller brush sped up the process as he wanted to go straight to the rainbow rice. He ignored the scoop and instead used his fingers to sprinkle the rainbow rice over the cat. He thought this was hilarious and would clap after each handful.
Adam focused on the activity for ages despite being poorly. Once he had used nearly all of the rainbow rice I asked him where Wilbur the cat was. He spent ages looking around the tray and then shrugged his shoulders and declared “all gone!”
Wilbur was placed on a table to dry and Adam repeated the process with the other black card cat.
In the story Wilbur does not like his new look. Winnie doesn’t want her cat to be sad so she changes him back to black and turns her house into many colours. We think a multicolour cat could be quite fun!
This post is part of an AWESOME Halloween Read and Play Blog Hop. Make sure to check out the other book based activities from fantastic bloggers!
Mama Smiles- Where is Baby’s Pumpkin?- Felt Board Activity and Coloring Pages
One Time Through- Magic School Bus: Haunted Museum- Spooky Sound Experiments
Planet Smarty Pants- The Picky Little Witch- Halloween Cupcakes
Study at Home Mama- 10 Halloween Books and 50 Activities