I saw these huge gummy snakes at Target and I instantly knew what I wanted to do with them. I am a big fan of Taylor Swift and love her new song Look What You Made Me Do. The music video is filled with snakes and I wanted to make a Look What You Made Me Do cocktail! The drink is a green apple martini rimmed in red caramel... dripping down the glass! I topped it with a gummy snake and a Look What You Made Me Do food pick! I'll be sipping one of these tomorrow on Halloween and singing...
But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time
I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined
My son Jude is a year old. He knows what a pumpkin is and even knows the stem is called a stem. He gets pretty excited about them! I think that maybe it is because they look like a ball or a balloon and he can beat on it like drum (he's been banging on all of our pumpkins in the house). But whatever the case, he's very into pumpkins!
He's done sensory activities and a few have involved painting. So I knew he could handle painting his own pumpkin this year.
I made vinyl letters to spell out his name and stuck them to the pumpkin. After he covered the pumpkin in paint, I removed them so that the orange of the pumpkin would show through!
I pre-dipped every brush in a different paint color, so that he could just grab them and get to work!
My son's favorite book is Little Blue Truck written by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Jill McElmurry. He asks us to read it to him every day and it's a book that I never get sick of because it's well written and has a great message.
Since he loves the book so much, I decided he needed to be the Big Green Toad driving the Little Blue Truck for Halloween this year!
I first got to work on the Toad costume. I found green basics at Primary. I purchased sweatpants and a hooded sweatshirt. I used adhesive backed felt to create the belly and bumps on the toad. Using adhesive backed felt means that I can remove them and he can wear the pants and sweatshirt again after Halloween! The eyes of the toad are 3 inch white styrofoam balls attached to the hoodie. To attach them I cut a 2 inch circle of the adhesive backed green felt and super glued the styrofoam to the circle. Once the eye was stuck to the felt, I removed the paper backing on the felt and just stuck the circle to the hood.
With the Toad costume completed, I moved on to creating the Little Blue Truck!
My husband found this Little Tikes Cozy Truck listed very cheap on Craigslist and I thought it was perfect for what I wanted to do!
For the truck makeover, I stripped all of the sticker decals off of the entire truck and gave it a good bath. Once it was dry I covered the wheels and steering wheel with plastic bags and spray painted the entire truck blue.
I let the blue paint dry for 2 days, then I taped off the bumper and sprayed it silver.
I cut the shape of the front grill/hood ornament piece out of cardboard. I glued several layers of the cutout cardboard together so that it would be thicker and stronger. I sprayed it sliver and painted black lines on it for the grill. I attached it to the truck with 3M adhesive strips.
The truck eyes or headlights actually work! They are 2 touch activated battery operated LED lights mounted to the truck.
And the last little detail... that has nothing to do with the book... I added a new personalized license plate decal to back of the truck!
The Little Blue Truck's book cover has all of the animals piled in the back of the truck. To get that look, I tied 4 animal shaped balloons to the back handle of the truck. The balloons can be found HERE.
This was fun to make and was so happy I could do this for my son!
My son LOVES the book, Little Blue Truck. So this weekend's Sensory Sunday Funday was Little Blue Truck themed!
The "mud" was actually oobleck! Oobleck is both a liquid and a solid. And it's just cornstarch and water! I used 2, 16 oz boxes of cornstarch and a little over 2 cups of water. You can play around, adding water until you get it the consistency you like. I added a little bit of cocoa powder to make it look more like mud.
This was a really fun activity for Jude! He loved pulling the animals out of the mud and "washing" them off in the little bucket of water. He did stick his feet in the "mud" and even sat in it. We had a great time!
I told my husband I needed a ghost emoji cookie cutter... and he made me one!
He designed it in SketchUp and then 3D printed it! Need your own ghost emoji cutter?If you're into 3D printing (or have a friend who is), you can get the design files to print your own here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2561645It's free!