Knock knock, whoooooo’s there…
Kids love trick-or-treating. But sometimes it rains, or the neighbours pretend to be out. So here’s a miniature, sensory trick-or-treat activity you can make and play safely at home. Two doorways: one leads to a trick and the other to a treat.
Will your little visitor get a chocolate or an eyeball? It’s a shifty fifty-fifty. You’ll find eight simple steps below on how to build your doorways.
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You will need:
• 4 shoeboxes (no lids)
• a utility knife
• a metal ruler
• a black marker pen
• 2 pieces of dark cloth
• 2 large buttons, or bottletops
• cobwebs (preferably fake) or feathers
• tricks and treats
How to make your Doorway Dare
Take two of the shoeboxes and draw a door-shaped rectangle on each. Using the knife and ruler, cut along three sides of the door, leaving it on its hinges.
Grab some brushes and paint the boxes. Try boldly-contrasting colors for the door and brickwork. Leave your doorways to dry.
Get a thick marker pen and add some details: letterbox, doorbell, house number. For a doorknob, you can sew on a button or glue on a bottle cap.
Turn your boxes around. Glue or staple a piece of cloth inside each, then cut a slit down the centre of the cloth (for intrepid hands to reach through). Put these boxes to one side.
Now take your other two boxes. Decorate the insides with fake cobwebs, feathers or other touchy-feely things. One should feel lovely, the other should feel icky! These will form the backs (or hallways) to your doors.
Tape the hallway boxes to the doorway boxes, so reaching through the door will lead to the sensory items.
Find something lovely and something not so lovely. (Plastic spider/strawberry lollipop, lychee eyeball/coin etc.) Hide the treat in one doorway and the trick in the other.
Dim the lights and invite your little trick-or-treaters to choose their fate. You can even make it a breakfast ritual in the build-up to Halloween. Ratatatat…
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