Tuesday
Oct162012

Cute, Not Creepy, Halloween: Mummy Door Decor

One of the best ways to let your neighbors know you are ready for Halloween is to decorate your front door. While many prefer the traditional fall/Halloween themed wreath, there are other, more dramatic ways to express Halloween enthusiasm using your door. 

We found this cute mummy door decor idea on the Honey & Fitz blog. It is perfect for decorating any door at an affordable price, maybe even cheaper than those holiday wreaths. 

Supplies:

4 Rolls of White Streamers - cut into strips wider than door, randomly overlap when hanging

2 Sheets of White Paper (computer or construction) - cut into 2 large circles

1-2 Sheets of Black Construction Paper- cut into 2 small circles

1 Roll of Clear Scotch Tape (may also want clear double sided tape) - Use double sided tape to help streamers stay positioned on front of door and to tape eyes on. Use single sided Scotch or packing tape to secure ends down on the inside of door. 

Because this door has big ole' eyes and lacks a ghoulish jig-jagged mouth, it makes your door look friendly, not scary. It would also be a great way to decorate your classroom door for a Halloween party.

Monday
Oct152012

Cute, Not Creepy, Halloween: Pumpkin Bowl Hat Craft

We have been searching the web for our favorite cute, not creepy, Halloween ideas and think the best way to start getting into the Halloween spirit is through arts and crafts. 

Check out this cute pumpkin bowl hat craft we found on the Better Homes and Gardens website. What makes this craft so neat is it can double as your child's Halloween costume. The best part is it is easy to make!

Supplies: 

1 Orange Bowl- plastic will be sturdier

1 Sharpee Marker - to draw lines on the bowl

1 Cork - painted green

1 Green Pipe Cleaner - curl around sharpee to make a spiral

1 Sheet of Green Construction Paper - cut into leaf shape

1 Hole Puncher - may want to position bowl on child's head and mark holes with sharpee

1 String - strechy string will be the most comfortable and secure

Hot Glue Gun - to glue the cork, leaf and pipe cleaner in place on the bowl

Pair with an Orange tshirt for a whole pumpkin outfit. 

 

Tuesday
Sep252012

Kindergarten Readiness: Is my child well prepared?

 

 There is likely a point in every parent's life where he or she wonders if his or her child is ready to start kindergarten. Since a lot of learning takes place in early childhood, it is important to know and understand which skills are necessary and expected of a child beginning kindergarten. To view the Louisiana Department of Education pamphlet describing these skills, simply click the image provided on the left.

 

Thursday
Sep062012

Fall Into Fall.

 

September is here and the Fall season is soon to arrive. Autumn is a great time to discuss with your children the many changes that happen in nature, including the following: leaves turning colors and falling from the trees, the weather getting cooler, the days getting shorter, birds traveling south, animals preparing for winter hibernation, etc. 

Fun Fall Activities:

Have your little ones collect leaves in all different colors. Help them identify common fall leaf colors and make a graph to see which color is the most common.

Send your older children outside weekly to observe and document the changes they see in nature.They can draw the leaves, nuts, trees, and animals, document the direction the birds are flying, record what time the sun sets in the evening, or document the change in temperature. 

Last but not least, you can never go wrong by raking up a big pile of leaves and diving right in! 

 

Featured in Photo Below: Autumn Harvest BBK trimmed with Fall Leaves Trimmer

Listed below are some great Fall-themed picture books to help your children get ready for the season.

Leaf Man, The Scarecrows Dance, Every Autumn Comes the Bear, Follow That Bear If You Dare, Pumpkin Soup, Family Huddle, Bears New Friend, Bear Feels Scared, Bear Feels Sick, Bear Snores On, Owl Babies, Brown Bear, Baby Bear, Animals in the Fall, Autumn, The Graves Family Goes Camping, The Hallo Wiener, The Littlest Pumpkin, Bats at the Ballgame, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat, Trolls Eye View, Stellaluna, Room on the Broom, Froggy's Halloween, In Mummy Trouble, Clifford and the Halloween Parade, and The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything.

 

Monday
Aug272012

Happy Birthday Bake Shop

Happy Birthday Bake Shop

This happy baker and dozens of whimsical cupcakes are ready to celebrate all occasions! Use the decorative cake stand to teach students the months of the year, while acknowledging their birthdays and other accomplishments on the delectable desserts. What a treat to have your name attached to a jazzy cupcake! Includes 93 pieces: 3-piece baker, 38 cupcakes, 38 name tags, 12 monthly headers, cake plate, and a Happy Birthday header. Baker with hat measures 36" tall. Use the upper body without the legs piece for a 24" display. Trimmed with Zigzag Motif Bolder Border and backed with Fadeless Paper.

 

Facts about the Happy Birthday Song:

"The melody of "Happy Birthday to You" comes from the song "Good Morning to All", which was written and composed by American siblings Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill in 1893. Patty was a kindergarten principal in Louisville, Kentucky, developing various teaching methods at what is now the Little Loomhouse;Mildred was a pianist and composer.The sisters created "Good Morning to All" as a song that would be easy to be sung by young children."

Source:Wikipedia