Recently I gathered a few of my neighbor’s children to create a couple of the projects found in some of Wilton’s fantastic Halloween kits. I had a 2nd, 4th and 5th grader in my kitchen enjoying cookie decorating and candy necklace making.
We started out with the Pre-Baked Spooky Pops Cookie Kit. I rolled out waxed paper on my countertop and taped it down – this was essential to minimizing a mess!
I prepared the included icings in order of white, then green, then black, so I did not have to completely wash my mixer elements each time. I had stations set up for each of the kids with the icing and candies. It took us a few tries to see how much icing we needed to fill our cookies with in order for them to stick together with the pop stick in the middle!
Each of the three kids started out with the intention to follow the sample photos on the package. Once they realized they had creative freedom, we ended up with 3-eyed monsters and layers of icing and candies! The kids all agreed that it was a lot of fun to be allowed to get a little messy and they would love to do it at home again and share the finished product with their family and friends.
Another terrific thing to note about this kit is that all of the elements are supplied in perfect amounts and therefore the cleanup is very easy. You simply have to toss the disposable bags and packaging, wipe down your work surface and you’re done!
While the cookies were drying, we moved on to create our Pumpkin Candy Necklaces. The kit comes with a cute pumpkin charm, candy beads and the elastic string to make the necklaces. Each is individually packaged. This easy project was completed relatively quickly and the kids thought that it would be a great project to do in their school or at a home-based Halloween party. Once again they used their creative freedom to make different patterns with their candy beads. And, they said the candies tasted good too!
I’ll be buying the candy necklace kits for my own son’s classroom Halloween party. I hope you can “carve out” a little time this season to help some kids express their creativity with fun crafts they can eat.