Paper Pumpkin

Paper Pumpkin

Celebrate the arrival of cool breezes and earlier sunsets by making some pumpkins. This 3-D paper pumpkin is the perfect adornment for any fall table. Your child will love making a variety of these colorful pumpkins to decorate for any and all fall festivities.

What You Need:

  • Strips of cut construction paper, (8.5″ x 1/2″ or 1″)
  • 2 brads, or a mini stapler
  • Green construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil

What You Do:

  1. Have your child lay out two strips of paper in an “X” pattern, overlapping them exactly at the center point.
  2. Have her continue making additional “X” shapes with paper strips until she forms a starburst pattern.
  3. Carefully poke a brad through the center of all of the strips of paper and splay it out to secure the strips in place, or staple the strips in place at the center.
  4. She can now lift the strips up to create a pumpkin-like shape. Make sure the strips are saggy and bulgy in the center and all of the tops of the strips meet at the top.
  5. Secure the top of the strips with either another brad, or a staple.
  6. Cut off any additional paper that may be hanging off the top edge.
  7. Have her take another strip of paper and cut it in half.
  8. Staple, or glue it to the top of the pumpkin shape, from under the area where all of the paper is layered.
  9. Have her pull the paper up and curl it into a straw shape with her fingers to create a pumpkin stem. Glue this long tube shape in place.
  10. Draw and cut out two leaves from the green construction paper and glue them on either side of the stem. Let dry.
  11. Set your paper pumpkin on a table, or attach it to a string and hang it from a tree or window.
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Halloween Muffins

Halloween Muffins

Take the pain out of learning parts! Disguising fraction lessons as baking provides your little chef with math practice without him even realizing. Make sure your child is in charge of the measuring, and the exposure to cups, tablespoons, and parts thereof will familiarize him with fractions while he’s having fun! Give these luscious, yet low fat breakfast muffins a Halloween twist by flavoring them with pumpkin spice and decorating them with ghostly marshmallows.

What You Need:

  • 1 cup bran cereal
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice or ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 36 mini marshmallows
  • Small cup of chocolate sauce
  • A toothpick

What You Do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Ask your child to soak the cereal in the milk until softened and to drain out the surplus milk.
  3. Get your child to measure out the flour, the baking powder, the pumpkin spice/cinnamon, sugar and the salt into a large bowl.
  4. Ask your child to beat the egg in another bowl with the vanilla and apple sauce, then add the wet cereal and mix well.
  5. Have him sprinkle the raisins into the dry ingredients.
  6. Invite him to add the wet ingredients and to mix until moistened.
  7. Help him fill 12-14 paper muffin cups 2/3 full of muffin mixture.
  8. Bake the muffins for 18-20 minutes until firm and lightly browned.
  9. Have your child place three mini marshmallows on each muffin in a triangle shape and return to the hot oven until the marshmallows have melted.
  10. Take the pan out of the oven and put the hot muffins on a cooling rack.
  11. Squash the marshmallows with the back of a teaspoon so that they join together and make a “ghost” shape.
  12. When the muffins have cooled, let your child dip the toothpick into the chocolate sauce to make three dots to on each marshmallow ghost for the eyes and mouth.
  13. The muffins are ready to enjoy!

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Halloween Bat Decoration

Halloween Bat Decoration

The costumes, the candy, and of course, the crafts, make Halloween a great holiday for kids. Get in the Halloween spirit with simple and inexpensive Halloween bat decorations. They only require a handful of supplies, but they add a ton of spooky fun to any house. Your kindergartener will have a blast making one or one dozen of these charming bats, while working on his fine motor skills.

What You Need:

  • Black construction paper
  • Clothespins
  • Google eyes
  • White crayon
  • Glue
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Help your kindergarten cut a piece of black paper slightly bigger than the clothespin. Let him glue it to the front of the clothespin. Set aside to dry.
  2. Use a white crayon to draw a set of bat wings about six inches across on black paper. Let your little one cut out the wings. Remind him to keep both of his “thumbs up” while cutting. His hand holding the scissors should have his thumb up, as well as his “helping hand” holding the paper. Help your child learn to hold his scissors correctly from the beginning. Scissor skills are an important component of kindergarten readiness.
  3. Have your kindergarten glue the bat wings to the front of the clothespin, on top of the piece of paper you already attached to the clothespin. Place the wings low enough on the clothespin so about a ½ inch of the covered clothespin is visible at the top. This will be the bat’s head.
  4. Let your child glue google eyes to the bat’s head. If you do not have google eyes available, your child could draw eyes using the white crayon.
  5. Your finished bats are ready to hang around the house. Use the clothespin to attach them to any thin surface, or consider gluing a magnet to the back of the clothespin to make a refrigerator magnet.

Bats are nocturnal—they sleep during the day and are awake at night. Talk to your child about the definition of nocturnal. What other animals are nocturnal? After the sun sets, cuddle up with your child, blankets, and a flashlight. Read stories about nocturnal animals, make shadow puppets, and snuggle. It’s fun to be nocturnal when you’re cuddled up with the ones you love!

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Mummy Pizza

Mummy Pizza

I decided to make Mummy Mini Pizzas.  Biscuit Pizzas or English muffins have been a family tradition for years.    I make them all the time for my pre k class!  Here is what I absolutely love about them.  They are so easy!  The Pillsbury biscuit dough gives it a great crust and you can add all of your favorite toppings on top.  They are ready in about 15 minutes and the entire family is going to love them.

These cute little mummies were so yummy!  I layered the pizzas with strips of cheese on top of pepperoni and used olives for the eyes. My family gobbled these mummies right up!  I think my husband ate an entire pan to himself. :)  This will definitely be a new tradition for our family on Halloween.  They are quick and easy and so much fun!  They are sure to fill up my little trick or treaters on Halloween!  You will want to make these again and again!

Quick and easy biscuit pizzas that look like mummies for Halloween! So fun for the entire family!
INGREDIENTS
  • 10 Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits
  • 16 oz jar pizza sauce
  • 1 package 10 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package pepperoni
  • 1 small can sliced olives
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with non stick cooking spray. Flatten pillsbury biscuits onto a cookie sheet.
  2. Take a slice of Mozzarella cheese and slice into thin ¼ inch strips. Repeat this for all of the slices of Mozzarella cheese until you have all of the cheese sliced into thin strips.
  3. Put 1 Tablespoon of pizza sauce onto the flattened biscuits and layer pepperoni on top of the sauce. Take the thin strips of mozzarella and layer to look like a mummy leaving large gaps of the pepperoni showing through. For more of a mummy look, only use about 5 strips and keep them spaced out. If you use more strips and want it more cheesy, it will blob together and look more like ghosts. Either way both are great for Halloween. :)
  4. Bake in preheated over for 8 to 10 minutes and Happy Halloween!

 

 

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Try this for our Halloween party!!

Mummy Pizza

Looking for a Halloween recipe that will scare you stiff? These bite-sized pizza mummies are sure to satisfy your monster appetite. This is a great excuse for children to play with food while learning how to wrap their mummies in cheese and watch them melt into bandages.

What You Need:

  • English muffins
  • Pizza sauce
  • String cheese
  • Pimento-stuffed olives
  • Red bell pepper

What You Do:

  1. Split an English muffin into two and spread pizza sauce evenly over both halves.
  2. Peel apart the string cheese into long cheese strips, which will look like bandages for the mummy.
  3. If you use stuffed green olives, cut one in half and place both halves where you want the eyes to go.
  4. Carefully wrap your mummy in crisscrossed string cheese bandages.
  5. Toast the mummy heads until the cheese melts. You’ll want to keep an eye on them because it happens super fast! If the mummy melts too much, the detail of the bandages will disappear.
  6. Take the pizza mummies out of the toaster and enjoy while warm!

Helpful Hint: If you are baking them in an oven, place the mummy on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for two minutes.

Candy Corn Candy Holder

Candy Corn Candy Holder

Big and bulky bags hold a lot of candy, but they’re not very or fun to look at or tote around. In this activity, your child will make a candy corn candy holder that perfect for carrying a very small amount of candy. While creating his candy holder he’ll practice making a cone shape from construction paper in different sizes. Once a paper handle is attached to the finished cone, you’ve got the perfect portable storage space for all kinds of delicious lightweight treats.

What You Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Mini stapler
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Lightweight treats
  • Double-sided tape

What You Do:

  1. Help your child make a large cone by taking a full sheet of construction paper and twirling it inward from one corner. Once a cone shape is accomplished, ask him to staple it in place. Cut off the excess paper.
  2. Cut a sheet of paper in half and repeat step 1 to make a smaller cone.
  3. Ask him to place a couple of strips of double stick tape on the inside of the smaller cone and gently fit it over the first cone shape. Then, press the two cones together.
  4. Have him add a third cone if he’s so inclined.
  5. Lay a sheet of construction paper on the table and show your child how to measure a 1.5″ x 11.5″ strip of paper using a ruler and a pencil. Ask him to cut along the line you marked to create a handle.
  6. Help him staple the handle to the inside of the candy bag on opposite sides of the cone.
  7. Allow him to fill the candy bag with any type of lightweight treats he wants!

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Green Monster

Green Monster

Every Halloween celebration needs a few scary monsters! This activity will help your child practice counting, tracing and cutting to create her very own green monster. Once she’s all finished, her monster will be ready to startle guests with his curly fingers that are just itching to grab some candy!

What You Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tempera paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Craft glue

What You Do:

  1. Help your child paint the back of a paper plate green. Let dry completely.
  2. Ask her to fold a sheet of construction paper in half and trace one of her hands with fingers spread out on top of the folded paper. Cut out the hand along the drawn lines to create two hands.
  3. Ask your child to cut out an oval for the monster’s nose using the scrap paper left over from the hands.
  4. Have her cut out a mouth, eyes and eyebrows from the construction paper.
  5. Show her how to curl the fingers using a pencil. Demonstrate curling one finger, then have her curl the remaining nine fingers. She can count as she goes to sneak in a bit of math practice!
  6. Ask her to attach all of the elements of her monster to the paper plate.
  7. Hang the paper plate on the front door to scare some trick-or-treaters!
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Scary Spider

Scary Spider

Turn your little ghoul’s hands into a creepy, crawly spider just in time for Halloween. All she’ll need are her little hands to create a kooky, spooky spider. She’ll create detailed shapes as she cuts around each of her fingers to make spindly spider legs. What’s more, she’ll get to practice making concentric shapes while drawing a spider’s web!

What You Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Watercolor paper
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Marker
  • Black tempera
  • Paintbrush

What You Do:

  1. Help your child to paint the inside of one of her hands, covering the entire palm and all of her fingers. Then, press it onto the watercolor paper from the center pointing outwards. Make sure her fingers are spread apart so she can create those creepy spider legs!
  2. Repeat this process with the other hand, pressing the wrist part of the hand to the wrist part of the first print. Let the spider body dry.
  3. While the spider dries, show her how to draw a spider web. It begins with a star pattern, then wide “U” shapes in concentric circles. Have her draw her own web covering the entire sheet of paper using a marker.
  4. Encourage her to carefully cut out her spider, cutting around each finger. She can get as intricate as she likes, even showing knuckles.
  5. Ask her to glue her cut-out spider onto the web.
  6. Attach googly eyes to the spider to give it a personality. We gave it two, but don’t let our example deter you from adding a few more. Some spiders have up to 8 eyes!
  7. Hang the spider in a doorway to scare trick-or-treaters!

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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!