DRY ERASE PUMPKIN

Printable dry erase pumpkin

Remember these dry erase printables? Well, we are at it again! This time we went the pumpkin route and I have to say we have been loving it. Elliott has a daily routine with it. Draw, erase, repeat. It's so easy to make. Just print it out and take it to your friendly neighborhood copy shop to get it laminated. That's it! A great way to keep your kids busy and using those sweet creative juices. I love it! See more of the post I did for Handmade Charlotte over here.

JACK-O-LANTERN TOY

And We Play: Moveable Jack-O-Lantern Toy
And We Play: Moveable Jack-O-Lantern Toy
And We Play: Moveable Jack-O-Lantern Toy

I think I may have gone a little overboard with the pumpkins this year. Elliott is obsessed with jack-o-lanterns so I guess he rubbed off a bit on me. This toy is a lot of fun and quick to make. The only supply you might not have is the adhesive velcro. But trust me. It's totally worth a quick trip to the store! So, let's make one, shall we?

And We Play: Moveable Jack-O-Lantern Toy

First! Cover your cardboard with some tape.

And We Play: Moveable Jack-O-Lantern Toy

Once it's covered, turn it over and draw out your shape. Steps one and two could easily be switched.

And We Play: Moveable Jack-O-Lantern Toy

Then cut out that shape! It's starting to look like a pumpkin, huh? You will also want to follow the same steps to make some face pieces. It wouldn't be a jack-o-lantern without a face, right?

And We Play: Moveable Jack-O-Lantern Toy

And finally, add the adhesive velcro to the pumpkin and to the back of the face pieces. Make as many as you want! Make silly faces, sad faces, and any other kind of face you and your little one can think of. It's a blast!

And We Play: Jack-O-Lantern Toy

PETER PAN COSTUME

Easy Peter Pan costume | And We Play
Easy Peter Pan costume | And We Play
Easy Peter Pan costume | And We Play

Finally, Elliott's costume for this year. Peter Pan! Elliott's insistence on attention to detail for this costume was amazing. "Mom, Peter doesn't have a golden belt, it's brown." So much for the shoes matching the belt! We finally found and made the right ingredients for a perfect and not too hard Peter Pan costume!. I have to say that any time I can put little legs into tights is alright by me. The shirt was just a few sizes too big and cut up. The collar was made just by folding it over and adding a stitch or two. The belt I made using some rope, cutting it to size and adding velcro as a closure. The holster and dagger were made from cardboard and duct tape. I added slits in the back and slid the belt through. Seriously so easy! The shoes were the hardest thing for me to figure out.  I was told I needed the perfect golden shade and wouldn't you know it, my friend Susan recently came out with the perfect ones! Elliott is so excited about his costume and I couldn't be happier with how everything turned out. And how little time it all took to put together! That's always a huge bonus!

Easy Peter Pan costume | And We Play
Easy Peter Pan costume | And We Play

JACK-O-LANTERN TREAT BOXES

DIY jack-o-lantern treat boxes

Halloween is officially a week away. One week! We aren't throwing a Halloween party this year (my heart is breaking over it) but if we were, we would definitely make more of these jack-o-lantern treat boxes for our guests! They are easy and fast to make and the kids would love them. You could even have the supplies available so they can make their own faces! You can see the full tutorial I did over on Handmade Charlotte. Enjoy!

HALLOWEEN PUPPETS

DIY Halloween puppets | And We Play
DIY Halloween puppets | And We Play

If you want your kids to have some good Halloween fun and you want to make something fast, this is it. Elliott has been playing non-stop with these since we made them! He has asked me to do Frankenstein and a vampire next. This kid doesn't know how good he's got it. The puppets are really simple to make, just cardboard, duct tape, scissors and popsicle sticks. After a few minutes creating the tops of the puppets by covering the cardboard with duct tape, decorate your sticks and tape them on! So, so easy and so, so fun. We've been having a blast acting out scenes with them in our puppet theater. Spooky stories told by a five year old can be both adorable and graphic, so watch out for that and have fun! 

DIY Halloween puppets | And We Play
DIY Halloween puppets | And We Play
DIY Halloween puppets | And We Play

DUCT TAPE GHOST SHIRT

Duct tape ghost shirt DIY | And We Play

I love dressing up for the month of October for Halloween. It's a lot of fun! But last year I made a shirt for Elliott with some fabric paint and though I liked how it turned out and it was fun for him to wear, he really only got to wear it for a few weeks, then we had this Halloween shirt laying around that I didn't want him to wear and I knew would be too small before next Halloween. Please tell me I am not the only one. I came up with a solution! Duct tape shirts! They are really simple to make, the tape stays on all day (trust me, we have tried) and when you're done you still have a useable shirt. It's a total win, win! 

Duct tape ghost shirt DIY | And We Play

To make your own, just lay some strips of duct tape onto a cutting mat and use an xacto knife to cut out the shapes then peel them up!

Duct tape ghost shirt DIY | And We Play

Next place the duct tape pieces onto your shirt and press them on. And when you're done, put it on your kid and watch them love it!

Duct tape ghost shirt DIY | And We Play
Duct tape ghost shirt DIY | And We Play

Elliott's best "De Niro". Not bad, right?

MIME COSTUME

Mime costume | And We Play
Mime costume | And We Play
Mime costume | And We Play

This one was a blast for us. Elliott loved pretending to be a mime! He actually got pretty good at the whole "walking down the stairs" bit. He loved this so much, he tried to change his halloween costume to be this. We debated back and forth and finally settled on him being a mime for one of the parties we are going to. Ah, parenthood. It's all about compromises! This costume is seriously so easy to throw together. We got the hat, face paints and gloves from the party store and everything else we already had! If you don't already have suspenders, you can make your own right here. If you are in need of a quick, easy and fun costume, this is it! Have fun!

Mime costume | And We Play
Mime costume | And We Play
Mime costume | And We Play

GRAFFITI ARTIST COSTUME

Easy graffiti costume and free printable!
Easy graffiti costume and free printable!
Easy graffiti costume and free printable!

This might be the easiest costume in the history of ever. All you need is some street clothes like a hoodie or t-shirt, some jeans, sneakers and then throw in a painters mask and of course, you can't forget the cans of spray paint! Or in our case, silly string. You can turn those silly string cans into spray paint with these super easy printables! Just print them out, cut and tape them on. You can even let the little ones color them if you want. It's all good! If you have some old clothes you could add some little spots of spray paint too, it's all in the details right? If only we could take these rad walls with us trick or treating. More costume ideas coming soon!

Easy graffiti costume and free printable!
Easy graffiti costume and free printable!
Easy graffiti costume and free printable!
Easy graffiti costume and free printable!


SPOOKY PARTY DRINKS

DIY Halloween party drinks

It's the first day of fall so let's start in on Halloween, shall we? I made up these fun and super easy party drinks over on Handmade Charlotte and I can't wait to use them! If you don't have milk bottles you could easily make these decals for mason jars or paper cups for your party. The kids will love them and the decals come off easily when you're done. Perfect, right? Check them out!

BABY SHOWER IN A BOX

Baby shower in a box
Baby shower in a box

My good friend Melanie recently had a baby (huzzah!) and she asked me to put a little something together while she is on maternity leave. Of course I said yes! Since I live too far from her to throw her a real baby shower, I thought creating a mini version in a box would be the next best thing. If you have any gals in your life that are about to pop, this would be a perfect gift for them! Especially if you need to send it in the mail. Check out the full post including links on her site, You Are My Fave

Baby shower in a box