Monday, October 16, 2017

ABC Ghosts - Halloween Game for Kids!




originally posted 10-11-2013

Our final "Ghosts" themed activity for the week was a hit. Especially since LM(6) was home from school to enjoy this fun game with us!  It's a great way to add a little learning and fun to your Halloween this year. :)

Supplies:
  • 4 sheets of white craft foam (mine are half-size sheets)
  • Scissors
  • Marker
Prep Work:
  • You can draw lines (or just cut by eye) each sheet into 8 rectangles:




  • Then, with each rectangle form it into a ghost shape by cutting the top to make it round, and bottom to make it zig-zagged, like this:


  •  You can even stack a couple rectangles and cut 2 at a time!
  • You'll have 32 rectangles, but you only need 26 ghosts for the alphabet. You can either cut them all into ghosts and use the extras for something else, or just leave the others as rectangles for something else later.



  • Draw faces on the ghosts. Just 2 eyes and a smile. :)
  • Then, write all the letters of the alphabet on each ghost. I decided to write them in lowercase to help LB(4) work on recognizing them.



Time to Play!
There are many ways you can use these cute little ABC ghosts. Here's what we did:

  • I laid all the ghosts on the table face-down.
  • LB(4) and LM(6) took turns:
    • One of them would pick a ghost and say the letter and the sound the letter makes.
    • The other one would then think of a word that starts with that letter. Then they'd switch.


The boys really loved this activity! It was great practice for LB(4) to recognize letters and their sounds. Thinking of words for him was a bit tougher. Sometimes he needed help, and sometimes he thought of some good words all on his own. It was a fun way to learn!
LM(6) also had fun. Eventually instead of just saying the word he thought of, he wanted to act it out and have us guess. This was a fun addition that I never even thought of! He came up with some great words that were tough for us to guess!
All in all, fun & learning was had by all. :)

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Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 13, 2017

CANDY CORN MAN



originally published 10-14-2011

I found this idea on this blog: Mrs.Schmelzer's First Grade
I thought it was so cute. We just had to give it a try!

We ripped up black, orange, & white construction paper and glued them on the paper candy corn. 
Then we took strips of black paper and folded them accordion-style.
We glued them on, and glued on hands and feet.
Then we added some googly eyes and a nose & mouth!

All done! 
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Scrapbook Paper for an AMAZING Price!!!!

Scrapbook Paper is so much fun to use for crafts. 
It adds another fun element of color and design to any creative creation. Sometimes, however, pretty papers can be pretty expensive. BUT, I found some AMAZING DEALS for some SUPER CUTE paper on Amazon. 

Each of these come with around 50 sheets of 12" x 12" papers. So many fun designs and colors it's hard to choose which to get! 

So get some cute papers and get crafting!





Also check out our post on the 10 basic and essential craft supplies we recommend for crafting with kids!


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

10 BEST Craft Supplies for Kids!


We have made a LOT of crafts.
And done a LOT of activities.
And about 90% of these can be done with 10 basic supplies:

1. Construction Paper
2. Craft Foam
3. Paint
4. Glue
5. Glue Sticks
6. Yarn
7. Googly Eyes
8. Craft Sticks
9. Scissors
10. Hole Punch

I've looked all over Amazon, and have found some great deals on these supplies.
You will get a LOT of use out of these, and will have a good supply on hand for when your children want to be creative and have fun!
And these products on Amazon are a great price for the quantity and quality you get.
So get Creative and have FUN! :)


    

    


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Pop-Out Ghost Card




originally published 10-22-11

I wanted to make some cards to send to Grandmas & Grandpas and came up with a fun idea to do an accordion-folded-pop-out-ghost-card. (Say THAT 10 times fast. haha)

Here's how we did it (as shown above):

  1. Cut out a wide ghost shape. Draw on eyes and smile.
  2. Fold it accordion style. Then glue one side down on the inside of the card. Put glue on the other end of the ghost and fold the card. Wait for glue to dry.
  3. Open card.....Boo!
  4. Add words/message.

The one in the picture is one that I made to test out the idea. I had the boys make their own accordion-ghosts and they turned out really cute. A fun craft for old and young alike. :)