Hissing Cat

Hissing Cat

Any decent Halloween celebration isn’t complete without a cat. Even though this cat has an arched back to look as if it’s hissing, it’s still cute! This Halloween, your child can make her very own black cat. In the process, she’ll learn how to effectively cut ovals, arcs and circles, all from one paper plate. This activity is a great way for your kid to learn basic geometry vocabulary, all while making an adorable wall hanging.

What You Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Black tempera paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • 2–3 white pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Medium pom
  • Medium-sized sequin

What You Do:

  1. Have your child paint the paper plate using black tempera. Allow it to dry completely. Ask her to identify the shape of the paper plate.
  2. Help her place her hand, fingers fanned out so her wrist is even with the edge of the plate. Have her draw an oval line around her hand and fingertips using a pencil. This will help to create the correct size for the cat’s head.
  3. Make sure to ask her to tell you the difference between an oval and a circle. Then, have her cut out the oval shape. Any extra shavings she cuts off to create the oval can be discarded.
  4. Encourage her to create the cat’s tail by drawing an arc on the plate, which should follow the contour of the oval she already cut out. Ask her to identify something she’s seen in nature that resembles this shape (For example: A rainbow!).
  5. Help her glue the cat’s head and tail in place from behind the painted paper plate, so the surface of all the shapes that show is entirely black.
  6. Glue on the googly eyes.
  7. Have her cut the kitty’s whiskers and glue them in place.
  8. Encourage her to glue on the pom to complete the cat’s nose.
  9. Finally glue the sequin on to give the cat a mouth..

Display your fierce cat in an unexpected place and hopefully you’ll give someone a good scare.

Hisssss…meeooow!

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Halloween Witch Hand Puppet

Halloween Witch Hand Puppet

Puppet play can help your child to develop important cognitive, social, and emotional skills. Engaging in a make believe adventure will help her to build her imagination, act out new scenarios, and role play. Inspire your child to get creative this Halloween by trying out this imaginative puppet making project.

What You Need:

  • Lunch-sized paper bag
  • Construction paper
  • Clear drying, non-toxic glue
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Markers or crayons
  • Tissue paper

What You Do:

  1. Place the paper bag on your work space with the flap (bottom of the bag) facing up and to the top.
  2. The flap will be the puppet’s face. Have your child use markers or crayons to draw on the face. Make the bottom lip under the flap and the top lip on the flap.
  3. Add in eyes and a nose.
  4. Help your child to cut a triangle from the construction paper. Glue this on to the top of the puppet as the witch’s hat.
  5. Cut pieces of yarn and glue under the hat and on the back of the head as hair.
  6. Create a costume by gluing different shapes of construction paper and tissue paper onto the body of the puppet. Attach an extra rectangle of tissue to the back of the witch as her cape.
  7. Set aside to dry.
  8. Once the puppet has dried it is time to begin the puppet play.

Your child can use the witch puppet by herself or make other creative puppet friends such as a ghost or scarecrow to complete a fanciful Halloween story.

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Worksheet of the Week

Worksheet of the Week

Happy October!

Nothing gets us in the mood for fall like seeing fields of pumpkins at the local pumpkin patch or making delicious pumpkin bread. I have put together my

favorite pumpkin worksheets that not only help kids celebrate this time of year, but also keep them focused on learning.

Enjoy,

Pumpkin Drawing

Help your little one learn a valuable art skill: drawing curved lines. Trace the curves of these pumpkins as you get into the Halloween spirit. See if the skill sticks by asking your young artist to draw pumpkins freehand.

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Fall Maze

Fall usually means rain and staying indoors. Don’t fret, do a maze! Pick up all the pumpkins and bring them to the pumpkin patch. See if you can do it without crossing any of your previous paths.

 

Pumpkin Wreath

Celebrate the season with a pumpkin wreath! Your child will practice tracing and cutting patterns to create multiple pumpkin shapes from a single sheet of paper. Replication is the goal of this craft; have you kid try to make the pumpkins that will form the wreath as similar to one another as possible.

What You Need:

  • Construction paper, orange
  • Poster board
  • Black marker
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tape (or stapler)
  • Ribbon

What You Do:

  1. Have your child draw a pumpkin on a piece of poster board and cut it out. This will be their original pattern which they will trace so all of their pumpkins will be the same size.
  2. Ask her to fold a sheet of construction paper in half, twice. Then trace the pumpkin pattern on the top of the folded paper.
  3. While keeping the paper folded, have her cut out the pumpkin shape. She’ll end up with 4 pumpkins.
  4. Encourage her to arrange the cut out pumpkin shapes into the start of a wreath, overlapping their edges. Ask if she can determine how many more pumpkins she’ll need to finish the wreath.
  5. Have her repeat steps 2-4 until she has enough pumpkins for a wreath.
  6. Using a black marker, have her draw faces on the pumpkins and outline them if she likes. Glue googly eyes on each pumpkin.
  7. Tape or staple the pumpkins in place to complete a circular wreath shape.
  8. Staple, or tape ribbon to the top of the wreath and hang it on a door to welcome guests with a warm autumn greeting!