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I have been thinking about Halloween a lot this week. I realized that I had a little planning to do after Mai informed me that she would like to be a princess witch this year. September is more than halfway through & Halloween is sneaking up on us quickly. With Halloween on the brain, it inspired us to make a few paper plate crafts.
As much as fall is my favorite season, Halloween is my favorite holiday. Halloween is next week & we are looking forward to taking Mai trick or treating. I wanted to let her choose her own costume this year. I asked her several times & her answer has always been the same. “I want to be a Jack-o-lantern, mama.” Our daughter loves pumpkins & Jack-o-lanterns, so next week our daughter will proudly strut the streets as the cutest Jack-o-lantern ever to say “Trick or Treat”.
Until then, we can have a little fun making our Halloween crafts in anticipation.
You will need:
Jumbo shells (as used for stuffed shells)
Ziti You will need 1 piece of each of these pastas for each Jack-o-lantern
Orange & green paint
Paint the jumbo shells orange & the Farfalle & ziti green.
Let the pieces dry.
Glue the ziti piece into the shell as shown.
Glue the Farfalle piece over the ziti.
With a black sharpie, draw on your Jack-o-lantern face.
There have been pros & cons to these past few months of daycare. The cons are the early morning battles with Mai over getting dressed & out of the house and her refusal to nap at daycare, which has made for a cranky toddler in the evening. The pros outnumber the cons though. The socialization has been wonderful for her. She is a very social child & needs that interaction. She comes home with adorable stories about Ava, Kira & Henry. Miss Laura her daycare provider has made it easy for this overprotective mommy. She will send me text updates when I request them & sends us home with detailed reports of how she ate lunch, her bathroom details & her lack of nap during quiet time. Another perk is seeing all of the artwork & creations that she brings home. Some activities Mai likes better than others. The ones that she enjoys, we of course have to try at home. Her last craft was apple stamping. I was not surprised when Miss Laura told me how much she liked it & how well she did. She does love painting after all.
I have seen stamping done with different foods before, but it was one we have yet to try. If you remember my tale of the 10 pound bag of potatoes, it probably is not shock that I still have a few rolling around.
Cut a potato in half. Be sure to use a good knife & make a nice clean cut. Carve out a Jack-O-Lantern face in the middle of your potato with a paring knife. You may need to cut a little around the edge of the potato to make it stamp flat. Let you child dip the potato in orange paint & stamp out the shape. With a paint brush, show them how to add the stems.
My little Picasso did it again. I would like to thank Miss Laura for the inspiration & thank you as always for stopping by.
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Last weekend was a big fun fall weekend for us. We did our hayride, went apple picking, went to the fair & picked pumpkins too.
This weekend, in the aftermath of a bad tummy virus, we put a hold on our plans to go to the corn maze & leaf peeping. All is well now, but I wanted Mai to continue to rest at home rather than running around. Last weekend we picked up a lot of pumpkins. I bought two full sized ones for carving, but Mai really wanted the little pumpkins because they were so cute.
The mini pumpkins were great because they were just the right size for my little pumpkin. She may still be too small to be wielding carving tools, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t have some fun. Pumpkins are not just for Jack-O-Lanterns anymore, after all.
We painted pumpkins mid-week. She is getting to be such a great little painter. She painted one pumpkin red with a green stem. “Look mama, it looks like an apple.” It really does.
Yesterday she asked to paint more pumpkins, so we did. Then we broke out the glue & the glitter for some extra fun. Seriously nothing lights my daughter’s face up faster than the prospect of pouring glue & glitter on something. This is a super easy, moderately messy, but very cute craft. Simply let your artist pour or paint on the glue & then shake on the glitters of your choice. Let dry & then shake off the excess glitter. Use paper or drop cloths to work on & to catch the glitter. When you are done, if you are stingy like me, you can pour the excess glitter back into its container for next time.
Mai had so much fun making these. She even made one as a present for her Auntie Linda. “I make this one for Auntie Linda. She is so proud of me.” I bet Auntie is going to love it.
Our little pumpkin family.
As I have told you before, our daughter has a very strong sense of family. It is extremely cute how she refers to everything in terms of mama, dada & baby. When we were picking the pumpkins, she would tell me, “This is mama pumpkin, daddy pumpkin & the baby pumpkin.” And so they shall be.
For daddy pumpkin, I fashioned him a Patriots hat out of foam.
It looks just like us doesn’t it? These were all so much fun, I think we will have to pick up more pumpkins next weekend.
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Is it weird that I have 8 boxes of pasta in my house designated only for crafting? I have more pasta for arts & crafts than I do for actually eating. I love pasta crafts. It is so much fun to work with and it comes in so many varieties & shapes. You can paint it, string it together & glue it. They are so many possibilities.
When I asked Mai if she wanted to make pasta skeletons with mommy tonight, she jumped up and threw her hands in the air & said “Yeeeeeeaaaah & and we make pasta monsters, and pasta kitty cat & a pasta mama and dada….”
Taking one of my daughter’s suggestions, we made some pasta monsters too.
What you will need:
Jumbo shells for stuffed shells
Hot Glue gun
While Mai painted the jumbo shells for the monsters, I started to string & glue the skeleton together.
Next we were on to our monsters. Mai & I made quite a mess as we painted our pieces for our monsters.
Directions: These are directions to make one minion. Paint a jumbo shell & two pieces of ziti yellow. Paint two wagon wheels white with a dot brown in the center. (We used blue, because Mai wanted blue eyes.) Paint two small shells & one ditalini black. Let the paint dry. Use the glue gun to glue wagon wheels in place for the eyes. Use black paint to paint a thick line on either side of the wagon wheels so that it looks like goggles. Paint in your mouth & teeth using black & white paint. With blue paint, paint the bottom 3rd portion of your minion. Paint a thick stick of black around each yellow ziti piece. Let dry. Glue the ziti to the sides of the minion to make arms. Glue the two small black shells to the bottom of the minion to form feet. Glue a black ditalini in the middle of the blue painted portion of the minion.
Paint a jumbo shell, 6 ziti pieces, 1 elbow macaroni & 4 small shells green. Paint one wagon wheel white. Add a blue circle in the middle & then a black dot. Let dry. Glue the ziti arms in place using 2 pieces on each side. Glue a small shell to the end of each arm to form a hand. Glue two pieces of ziti in place for the legs & then add the small shells as feet. Glue the wagon wheel eye in place & then add the elbow macaroni over the eye to form an eyelid. Paint in a crooked mouth with black paint & dot with white for teeth. Let dry.
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It is hard to believe that it is already the middle of September. My favorite season is here. I can hardly wait to begin all of our fall festivities. Soon we will go on our annual leaf peeping drive through Vermont & take our daughter apple picking. We have been trying to brain storm for Halloween costumes, but have not had much luck coming up with anything. I asked Mai, what she thought we should all be for Halloween. She said that she wanted to be a Jack-o-lantern & that I could be the mommy Jack-O-Lantern & daddy could be a ghost. Adorable! Although I do not think that I will be going as a mommy Jack-O-Lantern this year, it is never too early for our Jack-O-Lantern & Halloween inspired crafts.
I don’t know about the rest of you but Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, even more so since the birth of our daughter.
This was her second Halloween. Last year she was too young to enjoy the whole concept behind it, so we were super excited for this year.
Over the past month, our daughter has made the gradual transition from mommy’s girl to 100% daddy’s little girl, so I thought that it would be cute for her to honor her daddy and go as a police officer just like him.
As you can see, she was adorable.
It was such a joy to watch her. She was so excited about every aspect of trick or treating, the other kids, fishing out the treats and the costumes. Oh, how she loved the costumes. She laughed and squealed “frog” as a young boy walked by in his dinosaur costume. I wanted to capture these wonderful moments, so of course I snapped a ton of photos. I already have thousands of pictures of my daughter and they are either collecting dust in a box or saved to my computer.
I saw my Pinspiration the other day in the form of a Halloween scrapbook.
I couldn’t think of a better way to preserve our memories. I have scrapbooked before but it has been a long time since I picked up my scrapbooks. Luckily, I still had plenty of supplies handy to get started.
Scrapbooking can be a fun and also expensive hobby. There are so many gadgets, stickers and embellishments that you can purchase to make your pages beautiful. It can add up quickly though but with a little imagination and some inspiration you can make a great scrapbook just using scrap paper, acid free markers, a pair of scissors & some glue.
I chose to do a Halloween page complete with an opening door to greet all the trick or treaters.