Friday, October 29, 2010

Egg Carton Spider-Kids Project

Materials:

black pipe cleaner
eyes
egg carton
black paint

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Three steps and you're done!

Paint the egg carton black. Let dry.
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Cut slits on the side of the egg carton and put a pipe cleaner in one side and out the other. Bend the pipe cleaner so your spider will stand.
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*I cut my pipe cleaner in half and used them for 2 spiders.

Glue the eyes on and tah dah! A spider for your very own.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Just For Me" Series

I'm looking at my photography in a whole different way. Getting back to where I began.

Refocusing.

Learning.

The other day, while waiting on Mia who was doing gymnastics. I took the little ones for a walk. I took my giant camera which is no small feat. I often opt out of taking my camera because it is so HARD to take care of kids and take pictures at the same time.

"DO HARD THING VALERIE".

And so. . . I am bringing my camera more, no matter how hard it may be.

I'm going to learn some more processing techniques and experiment. Each photographer has his or her own style. I feel like I am still discovering mine. I like to look at other photographers work because it helps me learn new things. I see something that I like and then I try to do it.

Like, how to make the colors more vibrant. . .
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Or, how to make the eyes "pop".
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Here are some before and afters, after experimenting.

*I was looking for methods to define and sharpen.

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AFTER
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*My main goal on these was to make the blue vibrant and to "pop". I also worked on defining.


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*With these, I was focusing on shadows and highlights.

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*This picture, I was going for a smooth look.
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AFTER
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There's alot for me to learn out there. I'm on my way.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Brain Jello

You know how I have talked about my husband loving Halloween? Well, he has been wanting to buy a brain mold for years. This year, his wish came true. He bought a brain mold at the Halloween store for 10.00.

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He was able to debut his brain jello at a party this weekend.

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Here is the what you need:

3- 6 oz pkg of peach or watermelon jello
2 1/2 cups of boiling water
1 cup of cold water
1- 12 oz. can of FAT FREE evaporated milk (must be Fat Free or it will curdle)
food coloring (blue and green)

Mix the first four ingredients and pour into the brain mold. Mix blue and green into the mixture and it should turn grey. Let it set overnight.

For the blood:
use red food coloring with light corn syrup for the blood.

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I wish I could say his brain jello was a big hit. I think it was too realistic looking and we had a ton leftover. Reminds me of years ago, when we had a Halloween party and Ben made kitty litter with melted tootsie rolls for the poo. Needless to say, nobody ate that either.

Oh well. Ben had fun making it and that is all that matters.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Glue Ghosts-Kids Project

GLUE GHOST


I was looking for a simple craft for my 3 year old and came across this. What kid doesn't like to play in glue?

1. You need to get a a piece of wax paper.
2. Using the glue make a ghost shape. Go ahead kids and glob it! The more the merrier. Actually, the more, the longer it takes to dry. We'll talk about that later!
3. Add embellishments: eyes, buttons, beads, felt cut out shapes.
*I found these in my stash of craft things. They are glow in the dark party table decorations that someone gave me. I sprinkled some on the ghost, just for an experiment.
4. Let your ghost dry overnight, or in my case a little longer. I tried to peel it off the wax paper today and it was still a little wet because "X" (that's my little man) put globs of glue.
Here's the finished product and yes, it glows!
Here are some other sites that I liked:



Monday, October 25, 2010

Witches Hat- Kids Project

Witches Hat
Xander and I have had fun doing lots of Halloween art projects lately. I found this cute craft here.

Materials:
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1 piece of felt (red, green, purple)
1 piece of black felt
glue
2 pieces of construction paper
scissors
scotch tape

Procedure:
1. Roll a piece of black construction paper into a cone using scotch tape to hold it together.

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2. Trim the bottom so it will sit upright by itself.
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3. Next, with the other sheet of construction paper, use a bowl or something circular as a tracer.
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4. Glue the cone to the bottom piece. I got impatient and finally used hot
glue to attach the two.
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5. Take a strip of black felt and glue it on the base.
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6. Cut strips of colored felt and glue from the bottom up in a spiral formation.
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7. Let dry.

8. You can use the extra black and make a bat to put on the cat. We also used glitter glue to make it shine. You can use whatever embellishments you want.
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I think the only disappointment with this project is that you can't wear it. Xander wanted to wear it so bad as you can tell from the picture. Still a fun and easy project to make.
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Pumpkin Tissue Art- Kids Project

PUMPKIN TISSUE ART
Materials:

1. Pumpkin printed on cardstock
2. Orange and green tissue paper cut out in squares
*I like using different shades of each color, just to add depth
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3. Glue
4. Paintbrush
5. Scissors

Procedure:

1. Make glue paint by adding a little water to the glue.
2. Put the squares of tissue paper on the pumpkin with the glue paint.
*I always add a layer of glue paint on the top.
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3. When covered, let dry overnight.
4. Cut out the next day and there you have it!
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pumpkin Sequence-Kids Project

Pumpkin Sequence Activity

Materials:
Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington


Pumpkin Sequence Cards: Mine are a little different, but you can get some from these sites:




Procedure:

1. Read the book.
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2. Color and cut out the pumpkin cards.
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3. Read the book again, stopping to put the cards in order.
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Extension:
After putting the cards in order, have your child retell the story in their own words.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween Candy Graph-Kids Project

Halloween Candy Graph


Materials:
halloween candy graph
candy
crayons/pencil

1. Sort the candy.

2. Label and graph on sheet.

3. Answer questions on the bottom.

Extend: Find candy that have the same amount. Make addition problems (ex. Reese's + Twizzlers=7, or 3+4=7). Make candy story problems, use the candy as manipulatives.

Check out this Halloween Candy Sort. . .

Halloween Candy Sort
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2
By: Stacey Mitchell, Kindergarten Teacher

A post-Halloween math activity that uses sorting, classification, and a Venn Diagram.
Materials:
  • a large piece of butcher paper
  • candy wrappers
Plan:
  1. Have students bring in a variety of candy wrappers after Halloween.
  2. As a class, sort the candy wrappers into groups (tootsie rolls, chocolate candy, chewy candy, hard candy, candy bars, etc.)
  3. As a class you can create ways to sort and classify the candy.
  4. Create a Venn diagram that sorts and classifies the different characteristics of the candy.
  5. Students can glue the candy wrappers directly to the Venn Diagram.
Editor's Note: Another important skill can be introduced into this activity by analyzing the results shown in the graph. After graphing activities with my class, I prefer to ask what the graph tells us about the information we gathered. I then write their quotes and display them along with the graph.(http://atozteacherstuff.com/pages/278.shtml)

I also came across some halloween printables.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Making your own Tombstone

This is my husband's work, I'm just documenting it for him. He is so creative and artistic it makes you sick! He was so excited to finally have a yard to decorate for Halloween. He is making all of his decorations, so it has been very time consuming. I told him, we will just add a little on each year.

First thing Ben did was design his tombstones.
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Measurements were key in the layout, as he wanted to utilize the entire sheet of installation.

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After designing his tombstones, he bought a sheet of exterior installation. Using his layout, he cut out the shapes of the tombstones using a jigsaw.
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Then, using his favorite tool, the exacto knife he cut out the wording and picture. He printed out the wording and picture and laid it on top of the foam. It was amazing how detailed his work was.

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After all the words were cut out, he filled in the gaps and lines that he didn't want to show with Latex Wood Filler. On the installation, every 16 inches there is a slit to make it easier to cut.

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He painted with this, for the base coat and then with his amazing artistic ability added more details.
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Adding moss was a perfect idea.
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You can kinda see his fence that he made in this picture. Don't you love the dead grass? We didn't water it all summer, just so we could create this scene! Just kidding. We are working on getting some grass. When we bought the house, we thought it had a sprinkler system only to find out later, that it didn't work. So right now, we are working on installing a new system. Uggh! It's alot of work!

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I think he is either going to put black roses in the vases or some dead roses from our rose bush.

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He's done such a great job! I can't wait to see it when it is all done!