How to Make an Easy, Inexpensive Building Block Halloween Costume

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Halloween is just around the corner! By now, you should be seeing all kinds of spooky decorations in your neighborhood.

One of the spookiest things about Halloween is when you don’t have a costume ready for your little one and the big day is almost here. The best Halloween costumes are ones that people put effort into and ones that you can involve your kids in while making them.

With that in mind, here is a quick and easy tutorial to make a building block Halloween costume for a boy or girl. It is courtesy of Tara Dennis with Better Homes and Gardens. 

What you’ll need:

  • A measuring tape
  • A cardboard box that fits your child
  • A small cardboard box
  • Packing tape
  • A roll of vinyl contact paper in the color of your choice
  • Eight disposable cups the same color as the vinyl
  • A cap that is either the same color as the vinyl and/or black
  • Hot glue gun
  • A crafting knife
  • A sewing needle
  • A plate and bowl

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Step 1

Take your measuring tape and measure your child from the shoulder to the thigh. Get a box that is the correct size and trim off any excess if you need to.

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 Step 2

Tape the box closed, leaving one end open. The open end will be the bottom of the costume. Trim off any excess if you need to or tape flaps together at the corners.

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Step 3

Cover the box with the vinyl contact paper, doing one side at a time.

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Click-A-Brick educational learning toy for boys and girls

 Step 4

Take a needle and pop any air bubbles you get and smooth them down.

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 Step 5

Take a dinner plate and outline a circle on the top of the box and then cut it out. This will be the head hole. Take a bowl and outline circles on both sides close to the top and then cut them out. These will be the arm holes.

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Step 6

Arrange the cups on the front of the costume so you have two vertical rows of three. Hot glue the cups in place.

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Click-A-Brick educational learning toy for boys and girls

Step 7

Repeat the process with the small box. With this box, you will want to tape it completely closed, cover it with the vinyl and then cut out a hole in the bottom and then glue two cups to the top.

Put the box onto the cap (it should fit by itself, but you can glue it if you want).

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Step 8

Go trick-or-treating!

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We all know building blocks are a fantastic way to help your child’s development. Just imagine how good they will help when your child actually becomes a building block! It’ll be like development through osmosis!

Have a great Halloween, everyone!

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Building Toy Company Click-A-Brick Lauds International Council of Toy Industries’ Ethical Initiative

A new initiative by the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) to help small and medium sized toy manufacturers to produce ethically sourced toys has drawn praise from building toy retailer Click-A-Brick.

The ICTI’s ethical manufacturing program, known as ICTI Care, has launched the Committed Brands Plus initiative, which will provide small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with instant and affordable access to ICTI Care’s database of more than 1,300 toy factories all over the world. The searchable database provides detailed profiles on the various factories’ ethical performance, plus it also provides information on ICTI Care certification audits on the factories.

“Small- and medium-sized enterprises form the backbone of the global toy industry, with research showing that SMEs make up over 90 percent of the marketplace in Europe and the US,” an ICTI spokesman said. “While smaller toy companies may have limited time and resources, their commitment to responsible business practices and to ensuring the wellbeing of workers in their supply chain remains just as strong.”

The ICTI’s new initiative has drawn the attention and praise of building toy company Click-A-Brick co-founders Jason Smith and Georg de Gorostiza, who applauded the move.

“In the toy industry, being known as an ethical company is especially important because parents are always wary about what their kids are playing with,” Smith said. “Small companies don’t always have the resources to thoroughly investigate the factories and plants where their toys get manufactured, so having this database of factories that have already been vetted by the ICTI is invaluable for small and medium sized toy companies that want to make sure their toys are being manufactured in an ethical and sustainable way. We’re glad to see the ICTI offering this resource to companies that may not be able to afford to do their own vetting.”

Smith and De Gorostiza say as a small building toy company, they know how much of a struggle it can be for SMEs to perform their due diligence when trying to locate manufacturers to work with to ensure their factories are using ethical labor and manufacturing practices, which is why the ICTI’s latest move is so welcomed.

With the recent action being taken by the New York Attorney General’s office against big toy companies like Mattel and Hasbro for illegally collecting data on children, it is extremely important for SMEs in the toy industry to do what they can to ensure they are being ethical, the Click-A-Brick co-founders say, to make sure parents have confidence in their products.

For more information, please visit http://www.clickabricktoys.net/

Building Toy Company Click-A-Brick Lauds International Council of Toy Industries’ Ethical Initiative

A new initiative by the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) to help small and medium sized toy manufacturers to produce ethically sourced toys has drawn praise from building toy retailer Click-A-Brick.

The ICTI’s ethical manufacturing program, known as ICTI Care, has launched the Committed Brands Plus initiative, which will provide small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with instant and affordable access to ICTI Care’s database of more than 1,300 toy factories all over the world. The searchable database provides detailed profiles on the various factories’ ethical performance, plus it also provides information on ICTI Care certification audits on the factories.

“Small- and medium-sized enterprises form the backbone of the global toy industry, with research showing that SMEs make up over 90 percent of the marketplace in Europe and the US,” an ICTI spokesman said. “While smaller toy companies may have limited time and resources, their commitment to responsible business practices and to ensuring the wellbeing of workers in their supply chain remains just as strong.”

The ICTI’s new initiative has drawn the attention and praise of building toy company Click-A-Brick co-founders Jason Smith and Georg de Gorostiza, who applauded the move.

“In the toy industry, being known as an ethical company is especially important because parents are always wary about what their kids are playing with,” Smith said. “Small companies don’t always have the resources to thoroughly investigate the factories and plants where their toys get manufactured, so having this database of factories that have already been vetted by the ICTI is invaluable for small and medium sized toy companies that want to make sure their toys are being manufactured in an ethical and sustainable way. We’re glad to see the ICTI offering this resource to companies that may not be able to afford to do their own vetting.”

Smith and De Gorostiza say as a small building toy company, they know how much of a struggle it can be for SMEs to perform their due diligence when trying to locate manufacturers to work with to ensure their factories are using ethical labor and manufacturing practices, which is why the ICTI’s latest move is so welcomed.

With the recent action being taken by the New York Attorney General’s office against big toy companies like Mattel and Hasbro for illegally collecting data on children, it is extremely important for SMEs in the toy industry to do what they can to ensure they are being ethical, the Click-A-Brick co-founders say, to make sure parents have confidence in their products.

For more information, please visit http://www.clickabricktoys.net/

Building Toy Company Click-A-Brick Lauds International Council of Toy Industries’ Ethical Initiative

A new initiative by the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) to help small and medium sized toy manufacturers to produce ethically sourced toys has drawn praise from building toy retailer Click-A-Brick.

The ICTI’s ethical manufacturing program, known as ICTI Care, has launched the Committed Brands Plus initiative, which will provide small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with instant and affordable access to ICTI Care’s database of more than 1,300 toy factories all over the world. The searchable database provides detailed profiles on the various factories’ ethical performance, plus it also provides information on ICTI Care certification audits on the factories.

“Small- and medium-sized enterprises form the backbone of the global toy industry, with research showing that SMEs make up over 90 percent of the marketplace in Europe and the US,” an ICTI spokesman said. “While smaller toy companies may have limited time and resources, their commitment to responsible business practices and to ensuring the wellbeing of workers in their supply chain remains just as strong.”

The ICTI’s new initiative has drawn the attention and praise of building toy company Click-A-Brick co-founders Jason Smith and Georg de Gorostiza, who applauded the move.

“In the toy industry, being known as an ethical company is especially important because parents are always wary about what their kids are playing with,” Smith said. “Small companies don’t always have the resources to thoroughly investigate the factories and plants where their toys get manufactured, so having this database of factories that have already been vetted by the ICTI is invaluable for small and medium sized toy companies that want to make sure their toys are being manufactured in an ethical and sustainable way. We’re glad to see the ICTI offering this resource to companies that may not be able to afford to do their own vetting.”

Smith and De Gorostiza say as a small building toy company, they know how much of a struggle it can be for SMEs to perform their due diligence when trying to locate manufacturers to work with to ensure their factories are using ethical labor and manufacturing practices, which is why the ICTI’s latest move is so welcomed.

With the recent action being taken by the New York Attorney General’s office against big toy companies like Mattel and Hasbro for illegally collecting data on children, it is extremely important for SMEs in the toy industry to do what they can to ensure they are being ethical, the Click-A-Brick co-founders say, to make sure parents have confidence in their products.

For more information, please visit http://www.clickabricktoys.net/

Educational Toy Click-A-Brick Gets Behind New Measures To Desegregate Toys By Gender

The founders of educational toy company Click-A-Brick are giving their backing to small and big toy companies alike that are making strides to do away with gender stereotyping in toys. One new toy startup has released a line of dolls for boys while children’s toy and entertainment powerhouse Disney has released a poster that espouses principles that all children can look up to regardless of gender.

Boy Story, as the new line of dolls are called, was funded partially through a Kickstarter campaign launched in April by sisters Katie Jarvis and Kristen Johnson and are similar to American Girl dolls.

As Slate has reported, the dolls are referred to as ‘action dolls’ and each come with a book that tells a story of the dolls’ characters overcoming some kind of adversity.

So far the company has released a caucasian/Hispanic and an African American doll and has plans to release a white and Japanese doll in the future.

“Boys love them because they finally have a tool that encourages them to embrace and grow their natural desire to be nurturers,” the Boy Story’s website said.

Unlike superheros, which the website says emphasize powers, muscles, imagination and adulthood, the Boy Story dolls emphasize relationships and encourage caring from children.

And while Boy Story is giving boys dolls, Disney is doing its part to make sure little girls who love the company’s famous princesses know that being a princess doesn’t mean following certain gender stereotypes.

It has released its Princess Principles, which is a list of positive attributes young girls or boys can aspire to. The principles are available as posters that parents can either print on their own or purchase from Disney.

Founders of educational toy company Click-A-Brick Jason Smith and Georg de Gorostiza like the direction toy companies are going with desegregating toys for children.

“We’re glad to see both small toy startups and major brands tackling this issue,” Smith said. “We believe both boys and girls should be taught nurturing and empowerment. I remember back when I was a kid seeing the My Buddy doll commercials and thinking they were perfectly natural to see on TV. Nobody seemed to make a big deal out of it back then, at least not that I can remember. It’s great to see that there’s finally dolls for boys back on the market after we’ve allowed ourselves to get pulled into this whole nonsensical debate about boys and girls toys.

“And we’re glad to see Disney taking steps to undo the damage it has done by years of telling girls they had to be rescued by princes instead of taking care of their own distress. Their Princess Principles are a good start and we hope they keep it up.”

For more information, please visit http://www.clickabricktoys.net/

139 Halloween Ideas for Having a Fangtastic Time

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Looking for Halloween ideas? We’ve got you covered. From quick, no-sew costumes to party ideas to crafts and pumpkin decorating, we’ve scoured the internet for the best Halloween ideas.

51 Easy Kids Halloween Costumes

If you like to do things yourself, but you aren’t crazy about sewing, these 51 costume ideas are right up your alley. From Space Girl to Campfire (yes, you can dress like a campfire!) to our personal favorite … a building block (!!!!) check out dozens of super easy and craft-friendly kids (or adults) costume ideas.

13 Smashing No Carve Pumpkins

When it comes to pumpkins and Halloween, naturally everyone concentrates on jack-o’-lanterns. They’re super fun to make and you can get really creative with them. But, the downside is they’re messy and they require cutting with a sharp knife, which means a parent usually ends up doing the majority of the work.

But, jack-o’-lanterns aren’t the only thing you can do with pumpkins for Halloween. Check out these 13 non-jack-o’-lantern ideas you can do with pumpkins.

35 Halloween Kids’ Crafts

Halloween is a perfect time to do some crafts with your kids. The holiday lends itself well to tapping into their creativity and letting it shine. Try some of these fun crafts with your children.

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25 Halloween Games for a Spooky (And Silly) Party!

You don’t just have to go door-to-door for Halloween. Why not invite some people over and have a Halloween party? If you have a kids’ party, though, you obviously need some great games to play to keep everyone entertained. Here are over two dozen Halloween party games to try.

15 Party Themes to Put Kids in the Halloween Spirit

If you have a Halloween party, why not have a theme? Check out over a dozen different Halloween party themes to choose from here.

We hope you are able to find the perfect Halloween costume, craft, party game and party theme with this bevy of resources. No matter what you do for Halloween, stay safe and have fun!

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A Couple of Fun Fall Crafts to Use Up All Those Leaves!

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Aside from the crisp air, shorter days, pumpkin everything (and no bugs!) the one other thing people associate with autumn is lots and lots and lots of leaves on the ground. 

You can always rake them up into a big pile and jump into them, but there are other things you can do with those leaves, including crafts. 

We are going to look at a couple of crafts you can make with autumn leaves stimulate your child’s creativity and imagination. The first is an autumn wreath and the second is a fox face. 

Let’s get started!

Leaf Wreath

This craft comes to us courtesy of Kidspot on YouTube.

What You’ll Need:

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Step 1: Gather Leaves

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Click-A-Brick building blocks

Step 2: Fold the paper plate in half and cut out the middle so you are only left with a ring.

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Step 3: Glue the leaves onto the circle, making sure to overlap them. You may need to use a stapler to get some to stick if they aren’t sticking well with just glue.

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Click-A-Brick building blocks

Step 4: Cover the entire circle with leaves until you can’t see anymore of the paper plate circle.

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Step 5: Take your ribbon (a fall color will work best) and tie it into a bow.

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Step 6: Glue the bow onto the bottom of your wreath.

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Step 7: Cut some shorter pieces of ribbon and glue them on at various points.

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Step 8: Trim off the stems of the leaves that are poking into the center of your wreath.

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Step 9: Hang your wreath on the door and admire!

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Wasn’t that fun? But, what are you going to do with all of those extra leaves you have? How about making animal faces with them? Here is a quick craft tutorial from SreeCrafts on YouTube to show you how to make a fox face out of a maple leaf and some smaller leaves. 

What you’ll need: A marker and …

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Step 1: Turn the maple leaf upside down and glue two of the small leaves onto the top of the upside down maple leaf.

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Step 2: Glue the third small leaf onto the bottom of the upside down maple leaf.

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Step 3: Glue the two googly eyes onto the middle of the maple leaf.

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Click-A-Brick building blocks

Step 4: Use your marker to draw whiskers on your fox’s face.

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We hope you had fun checking out these fabulous fall crafts. When you’re done making stuff out of leaves, you can always grab your Click-A-Bricks and make even more stuff with them

Don’t let the chilly air stop you from having fun! 

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