Saturday, October 27, 2007

Skelly the Skeleton Girl

Skelly the Skeleton Girl
Written by & Illustrated by Jimmy Pickering
Published by: Simon & Schuster 2007

What spookified whimsical fun this book is! Skelly discovers a lost bone in her house and wanders the haunted halls looking for the owner. It doesn't belong to any of her toys or her fish or the ghosts. Who could it belong too? Pure Halloween delight that isn't scary, just fun! You may think it morbid but kidlets thinks it's the best!

For some art fun, you and your wee ones can make pasta skeletons. Set out black paper, different types of pasta and glue. Elbow macaroni makes for great elbows of course and plain old spaghetti can be broken into bits for other parts and such! Glue your creations onto black paper that is mounted on cardboard or poster board and you're all set! Check out my Halloween list of books for some super delightful spooky, fun reads!

scrumdilly-do is heading out for a desert vacation at The Shady Dell in Bisbee, Arizona but we'll be back in November for some fun fall projects!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Halloween Fun with Marshmallows

Make fun, edible cupcake toppers with marshmallows and liquid food color!

what you need:
*jumbo marshmallows
*rolling pin
*sugar or rice flour
*small cookie cutters
*food color
*plastic placemat, silpat or cutting board
*clean/new paintbrush
*plastic paint tray or small containers

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Set out your supplies in a mess friendly zone. Sprinkle your work surface with sugar or rice flour and set out your marshmallows.You may want to start the flattening process but this should be easy enough for a wee one to do. Place rolling pin over marshamllow and roll back and forth to flatten it out. Flip the marshmallow over after every third roll or so like you would with pie crust. Keep your work area sugared so that the marshmallow doesn;t stick to the rolling pin.Once you marshmallow is flat enough let your kidlet pick out a cookie cutter to cut with. Center cookie cutter over marshmallow and press. Pull excess marshmallow away and set aside for snacking.Set out your flat, shaped mallows and prepare your "paint". I used a plastic paint tray/palette purchased from a local asian market. You can find them cheap at Michael's and other craft stores also. add a drop of food color to each section, using more than one color to mix. Top off with water and viola! Edible paint!Have your wee ones go to town painting their tiny marshmallow shapes. Set aside to dry, about fifteen minutes. Once dry, use cake decorating gel to add eyes and other features.Whip up a batch of cupcakes while the marshmallows are drying. Once the cakes cool, add a dollop of whipped cream, an edible cupcake topper and a shake or two fo sprinkles and have a spooky fun feast!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Counting it out: Halloween style

Check out my newest listmania list for spooky-fun Halloween reads. Here is a mini review of a fun counting book brought to you by Candlewick Press.
Two Little Witches: A Halloween Counting Story
Written by Harriet Ziefert
Illustrated by Simms Taback
Published by Candlewick Press 1996

Two Little witches is a thrilling, fun read for the preschool set. It begins with one little witch who is joined by another to make two little witches. Along their trick or treat route they meet up and travel with an assortment of spooky-fun characters until a spiky, spotted, four eyed monster answers the door and all but the witches run away. Kidlets can join in with the reading as you count from 1 to 10. Predictable in just the right way this book will put a smile on most any kidlet's face. The bright colors and fun costumes of the trick or treaters will delight and the stickers that come with the book are perfect to use as a tool for your own wee one's version of the story. Available in paperback, it won't break the bank either!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Don't Throw That Away!...sock(s)

Save those socks you pull from the dryer sans their mate. Your kidlets can turn them into all sorts o' sock creatures and all they need is one sock! What you need:
*a sock
*permanent markers (sharpies work swell)
*tacky glue
*buttons, beads, baubles and bits
*needle and thread (optional)
*fiberfill or more socks for stuffing

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Set up your work area placing containers or piles of your baubles and bits within reach of your kidlets. Have each wee one pick out a sock and stuff it with your fiberfill or scrap socks.

Now it is time to examine what they have and decide what their sock will become. Will it be a fish? A ghost? A monster? A cat?Your wee ones can draw directly onto their sock with permanent pens or they can glue to their heart's content buttons, ribbon and felt cut to shapes. If your wee ones are adept with a needle and thread, let them have a go. There are no mistakes in making sock critters. Check out the critters these nifty kidlets made:A snake!
A mummy and a snow-girl!
A monstrous reptile!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Fun with Squash

This is a fun project for those "I'm bored!" moments.

What you need:
*white pumpkins, any size
*washable paints
*paint brushes
*splat mat or covered surface
*paint brushes

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Set out paints and brushes for your wee one's. You can use small cups, silicone or disposable cupcake liners, egg cartons or a paint palette. Make sure the area you are going to be working in is covered well. Outdoors would be great for this.Place pumpkins onto work surface and let the fun begin! Note to the pumpkin purchasers, size your pumpkins based on your wee one's attention span. A small pumpkin can be finished within 10 minutes and a larger one up to 20, depending on your kidlets. A miniature pumpkin would be best suited for a toddler but the big kids tend to think they're cute also. Just an idea so that you don't overwhelm your kidlet when you present them with a twenty pounder!
The cool thing about using the washable paints is that if your kidlet is not satisfied with his or her paint job then the pumpkin can be easily washed off. Slate clean! Also, the paint, once dry will be delicate and flake off so each day can bring a new pumpkin! Make sure to keep an eye out for soft spots and add to your compost heap when you are throgh. Oops, or you can carve them for Halloween!