Mommy & Me class: Halloween Week

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So, for Halloween week, we did some fine motor skills and put some of my saved toilet paper rolls to use for stamping and making scarecrows. Scarecrows and skeletons are a great way to have fun with body parts and getting little bodies moving around in big ways.

CRAFT/ACTIVITY #1: Toilet paper roll Scarecrows (Thanks to juxtapost for this fun idea!)

Supplies shown:

toilet paper roll

muffin liner

craft stick/popsicle stick for arms

construction paper for hair and patches

scissors & glue (I used glue stick)

sharpie/marker for making face (and toddler decorating, optional)

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Here’s how ours turned out – so cute, right! They were really easy and fun to make. I cut some fringe, paper hair for Pen Elaine to glue on before gluing on the hat that she decorated (muffin liner). The trickiest part for me was punching the hole for the arms with some sharp scissors, but it worked!

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BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

This is one I loved on Reading Rainbow, as a kid, and it’s super fun for Halloween and includes lots of opportunities for motions and learning body parts, etc. We’ve actually used this book in class before, and I’m pretty sure Pen Elaine learned how to nod, about a year ago, thanks to this book.

SONG RECOMMENDATION:

“(Dem) Dry Bones” has been around a long time, and it’s a fun skeleton song! (Link to youtube cartoon that includes lyrics) The meaning comes from Ezekiel 37:1-14 with a prophesy from God.

Here’s one version of lyrics, but it’s the type of song that has several different varieties and can be sung however you want to mold it for your kids, depending on what part they like best and what body parts you want to emphasize. When you’re not naming body parts, and pointing to the corresponding ones, the bridge is a good time to march or wiggle around like a skeleton of dry bones!

Ezekiel cried, “Dem dry bones!”
Ezekiel cried, “Dem dry bones!”
Ezekiel cried, “Dem dry bones!”
“Oh, hear the word of the Lord.”

The foot bone connected to the leg bone,
The leg bone connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone connected to the back bone,
The back bone connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone connected to the head bone,
Oh, hear the word of the Lord!

Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk aroun’,
Dem bones, dem bones, gonna walk aroun’
Dem bones, dem bones, gonna walk aroun’
Oh, hear the word of the Lord.

The head bone connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone connected to the back bone,
The back bone connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone connected to the leg bone,
The leg bone connected to the foot bone,
Oh, hear the word of the Lord!

CRAFT/ACTIVITY #2: Sandpaper tree with stamped pumpkins (tree idea thanks to happyhooligans.ca)

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20131021-111859.jpgFor this easy, fall craft, all you need is old sandpaper, toilet paper roll, orange paint, and scissors.

I cut a tree shape from old, used sandpaper for Pen Elaine to glue to a piece of paper. Then I gave her a collected toilet paper roll to use as a pumpkin stamp with orange paint. Of course, she went from stamping the circle/pumpkin to stamping her fingers and hands more quickly than I had hoped, but it turned out kind of fun-looking, and she definitely had fun creating. At first, I let her hold my big scissors to attempt cutting out her own tree, which she was very excited about – the 5 to 10 seconds were so thrilling for her, I had to capture the moment with a photo.

I wondered about stems afterwards and tried to add little ones with a crayon, which did not turn out cute, but cutting some swirly stems from construction or craft paper would probably look really artsy!

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