Its that time of year again, the time when we all watch holiday specials and get nostalgic. Or maybe its just me who does that for Halloween. In any case, I love that my children both enjoy the Peanuts gang as much as I did as a child. I especially love that they request to watch Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. I wanted to expand on their interest, so I created this small world play for them in the bath tub.
The pumpkin patch where Linus and Sally wait for the Great Pumpkin is made of Spanish moss. The pumpkins are round wooden orange beads with a bit of green pipe cleaner for a stem. The “WELCOME GREAT PUMPKIN!” sign is just a piece of foam that I wrote on with Sharpie. Linus and Sally were made from blank wooden peg dolls I had left over from another project. Linus actually had a piece of blue felt for his blanket, but I forgot to put it in the picture.
I also painted some peg dolls to make the trick-or-treators. I had considered making the various characters out of toilet paper rolls or just printing out images of them onto cardstock, but in the end I had peg dolls readily available in my craft stash so thats what I used.
Of course, what are trick-or-treators without houses to collect candy from so I created a neighborhood by painting a black road and sidewalks, then I put a brown foam house at the end of each drive. Each house has a pumpkin, also made from a wooden bead and pipe cleaner.
I didn’t go into a lot of detail with Snoopy but I didn’t want to leave him out altogether so I placed a red foam dog house near the last house on the trick-or-treating trail and made a little Snoopy peg doll to sit outside it. Woodstock was crafted from a pipe cleaner, and I also included a foam football.
In the corner opposite Snoopy’s dog house I painted an area to act as the interior of Violet’s house for the Halloween party. The small chairs were borrowed from our light table stash, another bead and pipe cleaner pumpkin sits a top one of the chairs waiting to be carved. There is also a small apple-bobbing station made from a condiment container filled with water and red pony beads.
Admittedly, the kids had a tiring day so by the time it got to be bath time, they just didn’t enjoy this small world play as much as they enjoyed other theme baths we have done. LittleMan was excited to dig in but grew impatient for bed rather quickly. Still I am pleased with how well the play set up turned out and I think we may try this again on a day that hasn’t been so exhausting.by