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Halloween Double Doodle Drawing Trick for Hands and Brains

For a play-of-the-day, try this Halloween double doodle drawing trick. It’s a trick on paper but a real treat for brains, fun and sweet.

What is double doodle drawing? This is the name given to drawing with both hands together by Jean at The Artful Parent. We tried it and it was both a trick and a treat.

2 hand drawing

For this drawing activity, kids pick up a crayon or marker in each hand. They decide what they might draw. Since it’s Halloween, some ideas are a pumpkin, ghost, or haunted house. Monsters are something else we see at Halloween. Now on the paper, kids draw and each hand doing the same thing. This takes a lot of concentration but it’s quite exciting.

This is a house Big Sister drew. When we first tried this art with two hands, Little Sister could hold a marker in each hand and really liked that part. She didn’t have the idea of each hand doing one side of the drawing. Her two hands scribbled all over the paper but they moved independently rather than being coordinated. About the age of 4 to 5 and older seems to be a reasonable expectation for getting the two hands going together. These are more recent ones for our Halloween double doodle drawing trick. Again, Little Sister moved her hands in different directions.

For an idea of the challenge, you try this too. Even as an adult, I noticed I needed to touch my tongue to my lip. Kids often do this when they are concentrating. This seems to be related to how the brain works during tasks that require coordination and deeper thinking.

The video included is from another double doodle drawing activity on HeartsAtPlay. The explanation made sense, that the brain quits focusing on making the visual image and instead pays attention to the movement of the hands. We no longer worry if we can or can’t draw and just enjoy the doing. Did you and your child find this fun?

Double Doodle Halloween Slideshow from Gail Dennison on Vimeo.

Kids Halloween Action Songs and Games

Even if October is a long month, there are only a limited number of days so we’d better start with these kids Halloween action songs. A zillion times may not be enough.

kids halloween action songs

After reading about a Halloween bus, here are some verses to go with the tune The Wheels on the Bus. Use typical Halloween characters and name some costumes kids might wear.

The witches on the bus go cackle, cackle, cackle,
Cackle, cackle, cackle,
Cackle, cackle, cackle.
The witches on the bus go cackle, cackle, cackle,
On the Halloween Bus.

The ghosts on the bus go boo, boo, boo….
On the Halloween bus.

The cats on the bus go meow, meow, meow…
On the Halloween bus.

The pirates on the bus go Arr, Arr, Arr…..
On the Halloween bus.

The vampires on the bus go Aah, aah, aah…
On the Halloween bus.

The skeletons on the bus go rattle, rattle, rattle…
On the Halloween bus.

The kids on the bus go Trick or Treat…
On the Halloween bus.

Move like these characters. Add zombies, monsters, mummies, super heroes, and anything else. If you need a quiet verse at the end, be pumpkins on the bus and make a really wide and silent grin.

Another kids Halloween action song isn’t exactly a song, but it uses one and makes a fun game. Use the tune Where is Thumbkin (Frere Jacques) and sing Where is Pumpkin? Either inside the house or outside in a specific area, kids can play hide and seek. Of course, the one looking is the one singing and the one hiding is oh so quiet and still. When found, kids get to shout Boo!

Where is pumpkin? Where is pumpkin?
Are you in here? Are you in here?
I’ll keep looking, till I find you.
Where are you? Where are you?

When adults are the ones looking, we can be surprised and scared when we find them.

kids action songs

At Halloween, monsters get to do the mash. Put on any fast and loud music and let kids dance doing whatever action they think monsters might do. This video is from the Monster Mash song written in 1962. Do you know any other kids Halloween action songs and games?

October Art Fun and Play for Kids

When a colleague shared this amazing October art, it reminded me we haven’t had any art activities recently, so how about some October art fun for kids?

October art fun for kids - Roberta Malasomma

Fall announces itself with bright, warm colors. For inspiration, maybe take a walk with kids just to notice the red, yellow, orange, and brown. Check out trees, flowers, berries, and plants. If you are at the store, there could be shining orange pumpkins, red apples, golden pears, and various colored squash. So much to see.

fall art play

After eyes have had a chance to look at these colors, kids can sort thru the crayons, chalk, paint, and markers they have at home. This is a thinking challenge for brains that have to remember the colors and then match them. It involves more than memory as kids compare a crayon in the hand to one in the head. Then, they have to come to a decision do they match or not. Not only is the brain visualizing, but it’s evaluating too. That’s a great deal of thinking to find some fall colors.

fall art fun

Once kids have picked out some colors to use, they can draw with them. If might only be some scribbly lines, or it might be a detailed picture. Whatever it is, kids are sharing their impressions. The creation may have nothing to do with fall. Kids may have come up with something entirely different.

fall art fun

Sometimes, as adults we say we can’t draw. Really, we can all draw, but some people are better at it than others. Do we ever say we can’t run? We may not all be Olympic or marathon runners, but we can still ran. The same is true for drawing. When we compare what we cook to chefs, we may not be able to create what they can, but we can still cook. Kids can all draw too. Not all children will have the same interest in drawing, but it’s an activity they can certainly all enjoy. Think of crayons, paints, markers, and chalk as toys. Instead of expecting art work, the marks kids make on paper or sidewalks are art play. Kids are exploring and creating, engaged in another way to interact and make their mark on the world. What might your child do for some October art fun and play?

P.S. Thank you Roberta Malasomma for your art and inspiration!

P. P.S. You are invited to share your child’ art work play too on 123kindergarten’s Facebook page.

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Transportation Activities #6: Children’s Transportation Songs

There are so many great reasons to include singing in your child’s day. For inspiration, here are two children’s transportation songs. One of the most popular children’s transportation songs is The Wheels on the Bus. It’s been around for generations of kids and recorded by many children’s musicians and bands. There are translations in dozens … Continue reading Transportation Activities #6: Children’s Transportation Songs