We are going on two weeks now that the girls have been sick with a nasty head cold. And, just last night, I lost my voice due to this nasty URI. Having no voice is no fun when you have toddlers, as they get into everything, and you find yourself correcting them throughout the door. So, when I woke up this AM and realized my voice had not returned, I had to come up with some fun arts and crafts projects that would not only keep the girls entertained, but also keep them mellowed out. We have found that when Arabella gets herself worked up with head congestion, she starts to gag and then vomits. So, we have been trying to keep activities low key, to help the girls rest, and kick this nasty head cold, which doesn't seem to want to go away. Hopefully, you and your family are healthy, and haven't been hit with a cold. Knock on wood! :-)
So, besides molding clay, coloring and puzzles, I ended up having the girls create Halloween scenes on construction paper using none other than Hershey's candy. Leave it to a chocoholic to come up with a craft that uses chocolate. :-) While Arabella acted more like the taste tester, helping sample each of the Hershey's candies I was recently sent from the folks at Hershey to review, Savannah really enjoyed this hands on craft. She started off by drawing a three circles with a crayon. I helped put a stem on each, to turn them into pumpkins. Then, the fun began, as she used a mixture of powdered confectioners sugar and water that when mixed together becomes an edible glue, to fill in the pumpkin drawings with orange and brown Hershey's Reese's Pieces. Savannah also got in on the taste testing, as she realized the Halloween version of these Hershey's Reese's Pieces also contained yellow candies, which weren't needed for her pumpkin picture. So, the only thing left to do, as she didn't want them to go to waste, was eat them!
Here is what Savannah's finished pumpkin scene looked like.
Cute, huh? :-) If you have a toddler or pre-schooler, this would be a fun arts and craft project to do with them. You could even use other Hershey's candy to add to the scenery, like Kit Kats for a road, or Hershey's kisses for flowers. The sky is the limit when it comes to creating edible art with kids. Just be ready for a sugar high, as it will be hard to keep the kids from sampling a few of the Hershey's candies. And, good luck if you are on a diet like I am, and are a chocoholic. Whenever I see Hershey's candy, which is my weakness, I also can't help but grab a few to snack on.
Witch's Hat Cookies
Is baking your thing? Then, why not try this fun recipe with the kids that uses Hershey's kisses to turn plain brownies into oh so tasty Witch's Hat Halloween Cookies (Source: Hershey's, www.CelebrateWithHersheys.com).
Here is a quick how to video, showing how to make these yummy cookies:
Savannah loved helping me count out the Hershey's kisses and pushing them into the center of each cookie. If you have never made these cookies, you will definitely want to try it out this Halloween with your kids, as the addition to the Hershey kiss into the center of the cookie makes for a sweet treat, as the rich milk chocolate melts in your mouth. Mmm, I am getting hungry just thinking about it.
Still need Halloween candy for the trick-or-treaters for next Thursday night? Then, why not head to your favorite local retailer and pick up a sampling of Hershey's candies? Here is just a sampling of the great Hershey's Candy available, especially for Halloween:
I have always been a fan of the assorted bags, which not only offer a lot of candy, but are reasonably priced. Hershey's is currently offering this great assorted bag, which contains 250 pieces of candy -- enough for me to give a few pieces of candy to the kids in the neighborhood, with some leftover. :-)
Assorted Chocolate & Sweets Candy 250 pc. Snack SizeI remember growing up that Hershey's candy was my favorite to receive on Halloween night. And, when I got home and went through the candy with my parents and brothers, I would trade hard candies and others I didn't care for, in exchange for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kats and mini Hershey's bars. Ahh, the good 'ole days. Now, I get to create new ones with my girls. And, because they are too young to eat all the Halloween candy for themselves, I am looking forward to helping them with the Hershey's candy they get. Shh, don't tell them! :-)
Looking for more inspiration for fun Halloween crafts, recipes, etc? Then, head on over to www.CelebrateWithHersheys.com now. I can't wait to try making these Reese's pumpkin brownies, that use Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins, with the girls. They looks so cute!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Global Influence, with product provided by Hersey's. All views shared are mine and mine alone.