Happy Halloween from Fair Play!

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Happy Halloween everyone! Still need a last-minute costume? Check out the Fair Play costume strategy. Don’t forget Halloween movies and books to get in the mood. There’s also still time for a quick Halloween craft! Traveling this Halloween? Check out these tips for nontraditional Halloween-ing. Most important (in my book) – save your pumpkin seeds and make a healthy, seasonal treat! Recipe after the jump.

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Simple Halloween Kids Craft – Bat Garland!

photo 33One of my favorite pre-Halloween traditions is decorating the house and building the holiday mood. I like crafting simple decorations to slowly add to my collection. This week we’re making a very easy, child-friendly, festive bat garland. It also only cost about $4 for supplies and 20 minutes of my attention.

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Pint Sized Cooking: Giant Bubbles

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“Cook” yourself some giant bubbles to join cooking skills with outdoor fun!

Cooking isn’t always food. You heard it here first. Generally speaking, yes, you are cooking in order to produce something to eat. But if my childhood experiments in the kitchen are any indication, cooking can also be about the process no matter the end product. As it turns out, children’s cookbooks know this! Some even include recipes for things that are not people food (playdough, bubbles, dog biscuits) so that you and your child can get busy in the kitchen and leave with something that may not be edible…but is still useful. You will also have something less wasteful than my all-flour, no-sugar signature chocolate cake-brick of 1993.

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Kid Crafts: Apple Stamps for a Fall Wreath

Apples make great stamps for little hands – and the prints can be made into all sorts of fall-themed decorations!

This is the start of yet another exciting series on Fair Play, called Kid Crafts. We’ll feature child-friendly, generally seasonally appropriate craft tutorials for the whole family using basic art supplies. Today we’re going to use apples as stamps to create a festive fall wreath. Apple stamps are great for little hands. They also create beautiful prints that will appeal even to your more artistically discerning child. If your child can hold an apple half or slice, they can make a print. For this tutorial, Fair Play Boyfriend tries it out.

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