Friday, October 26, 2012

Kid's Co-op: Acorns



It's Kid's Co-op time! Link up your favorite kid-related posts and then check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers.

Last week there were so many fun ideas linked up to the Co-op.  Outdoor fun, indoor fun, cooking fun, and lots, lots more. This week I'm focusing on acorns. I love acorns, but for some reason I can never find any in my area. We have plenty of oak trees, but there seems to be some sort of acorn fairy that gathers them all up before I can get to them. If anyone knows where I can find some, please let me know. Thank you, thank you!

Anyhow... if you do happen to have a plethora of acorns, here are some fun posts full of ideas. Have fun for me!


Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk shares seven fun ideas in their Acorn-palooza.


And Making Boys Men has nine acorn ideas for you. That's 16 ideas in all for some fun acorn play time!




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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Creative Family Fun Nights: Spooky Stories


Halloween is drawing near and it's a great time to have a bit of spooky family time. Don't worry, this is not planned to give your kids nightmares, just to have a bit of Halloween fun with the family. This night can be as simple or elaborate as you want. I chose simple. So grab a spooky story, a flashlight, and shadow puppets. It's time to have some fun!


I chose the story The Teeny Tiny Woman. It's a fun ghost story that's not too scary. It's a traditional folk tale, so there are many different versions of the story and you can probably find one at your local library. I've also included a list of other spooky stories at the end of this post. You'll want to pre-read the stories you choose, so you know whether or not they will be too scary for your kids. 

After selecting the story, I drew some simple shadow puppets on black construction paper. I drew a teeny tiny woman, a ghost, a grave, and a bone. Choose characters or items that are in your story. Since these will be shadow puppets, your drawings don't have to have much detail.



Cut the puppets out and then tape crafts sticks to the back. It really is that simple. If you want your puppets to last a bit longer, you can laminate the paper and hot glue the sticks to the back.



Once the puppets were made, it was time for the fun. We turned down the lights and shined a flashlight on an empty wall. The girls took turns using the puppets to act out the story while I read aloud. We used our best spooky voices and ended up giggling most of the time especially when our heads got in the way. Spooky stories can be a lot of fun!



Grab a spooky story and have some fun! 

Some other {not so} spooky books:
The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost of the Forest
The Scary Book
Ghosts!: Ghostly Tales from Folklore
Where's My Mummy?

What is your favorite spooky tale?  

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Halloween Word Search


Lizzie has recently discovered word searches. Maybe she's seen me work so many of them, that she wanted to try them out herself. I don't know, but once she tried them, she was hooked. The only problem I've found is a lack of word searches suitable for the Kindergarten/1st grade crowd. So, I did what I always do and created my own.



This word search is simple and she had no problem working it. The words are easy to recognize and are only located horizontal and vertical.  I created it based on a Halloween theme, since we're so obsessed with Halloween lately. Would you like a Halloween word search for your kids? You're in luck! Just click on the link below and print out your own copy!




Do you like to play word games? If so, what are your favorites?

Please feel free to print and share as many as you would like. If you would like to share online, please link to my blog post and not the document. Thank you!

*Note: The word search is on Google Docs. If you have a problem downloading and printing, please let me know. If you would like me to email you the PDF, please let me know your email address (either via comments or email) and I will send it to you. Have fun!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Get Crafty: Candy Corn Wreath


Candy corn is a favorite around our house. We love how it looks and we love how it tastes, which is why Lizzie challenged me to come up with a candy corn craft she could do. (Yes, my 5-year-old does give me craft challenges!) After a lot of thought and a bit of trial and error, I can up with this candy corn wreath made from paper plates. 


Supplies Needed:
Paper plate
Yellow paint
Orange paint
Ruler
Scissors
Tape

The first step is to paint. We painted on the bottom of our paper plate. We left the center white, painted a thick orange circle around it, and then painted the edges yellow. Your plate will look like a candy-corn-colored bulls-eye.


After the paint is dry, turn the plate over and make your cutting lines. I drew lines across the plate, dividing it up as I would cut a pizza. You'll want it divided into 8 wedges.


Once you have all your wedges cut out, your bulls-eye will become 8 pieces of candy corn. 


Turn your candy corn pieces to the backside and arrange them in a circle, pointed sides out. Overlap the edges and use your tape to connect them together. When you're done taping, turn it over and you've got a fun candy corn wreath.


Voila, candy corn wreath challenged completed! I wonder what Lizzie will come up with next?

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Kid's Co-op: Fun Costumes



It's Kid's Co-op time! Link up your favorite kid-related posts and then check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers.

Last week there were so many fun ideas linked up to the Co-op.  Outdoor fun, indoor fun, cooking fun, and lots, lots more. This week I'd like to share some fun costume ideas I found on last week's link-up.

Atkinson Drive shared a cute no-sew shark costume.



Lessons Learnt Journal shared this adorable Very Hungry Caterpillar costume.


And Pi'ikea Street shared this fun squid mask.


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Glow-In-the-Dark Halloween Socks


Tie-dye and glow-in-the-dark... it's a match made in heaven, or at least Halloween night. When I received a tie-dye and paint kit from iLoveToCreate, I knew I wanted to make something fun for the girls to wear for Halloween. Tie-dye shirts are a lot of fun and I almost made some until I found a couple of pairs of plain white knee socks. Every kid needs a pair of glow-in-the-dark Halloween socks, don't they? My two certainly did.



The kit from iLoveToCreate was amazing. It had everything I needed minus the socks. It contained two squeeze bottles with the correct amount of powdered dye already inside. All I had to do was add water and shake. It also contained slick black paint and glow-in-the-dark paint. Not pictured are two pairs of plastic gloves and 20 rubber bands. The instructions were clear and the process was easy.



Step 1: Wrap 4-5 rubber bands around each sock about 2 inches apart. I was trying for a striped effect.
Step 2: Put on the plastic gloves and start squirting your dye. Since I was tie-dying with the girls, we took our supplies outside. I used a plastic under-bed storage bin for dying. The dye washes off the plastic easily with water. 
Step 3: Completely color your socks with dye. I opted for one color per pair just to make it easier on the girls. Our socks were fully saturated with color. You don't need as much as we used! 
Step 4: Wrap the socks individually in plastic wrap. They will need to sit like this for 6-8 hours. After the allotted time, unwrap your socks and cut off the rubber bands. You will then need to follow the instructions in the kit for washing and drying.



Once we were done, our socks were looking good! The girls were ready to wear them, but I wasn't finished yet. That glow-in-the-dark paint was calling my name.



I used the paint to draw designs that would show up on the outsides of their socks. The paint goes on white, but dries clear. So in the daytime, they look like fun tie-dyed socks, but at night... Eek! Watch out for the spiders!



Thank you iLoveToCreate for the fun opportunity! Now, if only I can figure out how to get these socks off the girls. Any suggestions?

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Get Crafty: Simple Halloween Garland


My 5-year-old has been constantly begging for Halloween crafts to do. One day I had completely exhausted all the ideas I had and went searching through our craft supplies. I happened upon a bag of foam Halloween stickers and inspiration hit. We could make a Halloween garland. It was a simple process and the girls were able to do most of it independently.


Supplies Needed:
Black construction paper
Orange construction paper
Foam stickers
Scissors
Yarn
Tape


The first step is to cut a supply of orange and black circles from the construction paper. You can use a circle punch or use a jar lid or drinking glass to trace circles in the size you want. (Ours were 2-inch circles.) I gave the girls the circles and stickers with the instructions to put one sticker on each circle.


After each circle had a sticker, we arranged them in an alternating orange and black pattern. We taped each one to the yarn per the above picture approximately 2-inches apart. Once we were done taping, we had a pretty and very simple Halloween garland.


Lizzie's still asking for Halloween projects to do, so I think it's time to go browse Pinterest. Do you have any ideas to share?

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Kid's Co-op: More Halloween Fun


It's Kid's Co-op time! Link up your favorite kid-related posts and then check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers.

Last week there were so many fun ideas linked up to the Co-op.  Outdoor fun, indoor fun, cooking fun, and lots, lots more. This week I'd like to share some more fun ideas for Halloween.


Putti's World shared fun play dough monsters.



Sugarsnips made fun Halloween pictures using foot prints, hand prints, and finger prints.


And In Lieu of Preschool shared a fun way to paint pumpkins.


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Thursday, October 11, 2012

What Color is Camouflage?


Today I'm posting at Playful Learning. Pop on over for a playful take on learning about camouflage.


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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

On-The-Go Tic Tac Toe


Confession time: I love to craft. Don't be shocked. When I'm not coming up with craft projects for my girls, I like to do a little crafting myself. When I was given the opportunity to come up with a craft project using supplies from Martha Stewart Crafts, I jumped at the chance. After playing around with a box FULL of fun crafts supplies, I decided to make a fun fall-themed game for the girls. This tic tac toe game is perfect for car trips, waiting in restaurants, or even at the doctor's waiting room. And, the best part... it was easy to make.


I started with glass beads. I used the glass vase-filler beads you can find at the dollar store. They are flat on one side and rounded on the other. I also used Martha Stewart Crafts gloss opaque glass paint in mace and chestnut brown. The stencils came from the Holiday Icons II set of adhesive stencils. 


The stencils are small and flexible, perfect for my glass beads. I applied the stencil to the rounded top being careful to press it down on all sides. If you press down well, the stencil will not bleed.


I used a small bit of sponge to apply my paint. I covered it lightly, then dabbed in layers until I had the solid covering I wanted. I made five pumpkins and five autumn leaves. The great thing about these stencils are that you can use them again and again... and believe me, I have!

 

After I made all my playing pieces, It was time for the pouch. I chose black felt for the pouch. I knew that the felt would hold up to the beads, plus, felt is very easy to sew. I used one sheet of good quality craft felt and cut it in half. I placed my game pieces down in a grid to see how big I needed to make the squares in my tic tac toe board. I used stick pins on one of my pieces of felt to mark the lines I needed to sew. 


I used orange thread to stand out against the black and sewed my lines using a tight zig zag stitch. I used my sewing machine guides to help me get a straight stitch and once I had two lines down and two across, I had my game board. This is for the front of my pouch. 


To make the pouch, I lined up my two pieces of felt. I sewed around three sides of my pouch leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance. I wanted to make sure I had room to trim my sides and get rid of any uneven edges. With using felt, I didn't have to worry about finishing any edges, so I left the top open.


As a finishing touch, I added two small strips of self-adhesive velcro to close the pouch. I trimmed up all my uneven edges and my pouch was finished.


Ever since I made this game, the girls have been playing it non-stop. They love the pouch and I love the fact that it's easy to carry with us. And with all the cool Martha Stewart Crafts stencils I have, I think we may just need a Christmas-theme game, a Valentine-themed game, an Easter-themed game.... and I could go on and on.

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