The two things my kids love most are painting and baking. So these are the things I tried to plan the most of during our 6weeks of Halloween school work. Plenty of cooking, baking, and painting projects.
Today we tackled another two part painting project. I found it while searching for Halloween crafts and thought it looked like fun. It wasn’t too complicated and I think the boys enjoyed it. Credit to Craft For All Seasons for this one. This project consists of a sunset background and “spooky painting.”
First paint your sunset. We used water colors, red, orange, yellow. Let dry well. Then turn over so red is at the bottom. Now add your scene. You can paint whatever you want. Trees, tombstones, bats, a haunted house. It is really all up to your imagination. The boys used black tempera paint to finish their picture.
While the sunset was drying we baked. It is traditional for both Dias De Los Muertos and Samhain to make offerings to the departed. We made a traditional offering, Bread of the Dead. I don’t know if ours turned out perfectly, we subbed in gluten free flour (the one I use is supposed to work cup for cup for “normal flour”) and we aren’t perfect at shaping the bread but they turned out pretty well. The recipe was simple to follow and make. We are going to eat some of our bread after dinner. But of course, we need to leave some for the hungry spirits, at least for a day or two.
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 t. salt
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
10 drops anise extract (we used vanilla because hubby doesn’t like anise)
mix all ingredients together until smooth. I stirred dry then added wet to it. I kneaded them together for a couple of minutes to get it really mixed. Then shape your dough into a round shape with a knob on the top (which will be a skull) or make smaller shapes to be animals or angles. Preheat over to 400 degrees and place on greased baking sheet.
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 T. flour
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 T. melted butter
Mix together brown sugar, flower, cinnamon, and butter. Sprinkle over dough and bake for 20-25 minutes.
When cool decorate skull or animals.
They smell amazing.
For the rest of the day the kids worked on their ghost stories and we read.