Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Decoupage pumpkins


It was Sunday afternoon and I really needed a little peace and quiet.  This was the perfect little project to keep my three girls quietly engaged as they created these colorful pumpkin decorations.  This project can easily be done with real pumpkins of any size (which I had done a few years ago).  The only problem with real pumpkins is that you have to eventually throw them out.  Who wants to do that?  I found these fabulous foam pumpkins at the dollar store - they were a perfect pie-sized pumpkin and will keep indefinitely!

The prep for this is so easy.  All you need is:


  • a pumpkin (real or fake)
  • mod podge (I made my own by using 1 part Elmer's glue to nearly 1 part water because I didn't want it to be too runny)
  • brightly colored tissue paper cut into small squares (mine are 1 to 2 inches in size)
  • a sponge brush to apply the glue



I briefly showed the girls how to brush a section of their pumpkin with the glue, then start applying the tissue paper squares.  I let them go for it until this point:


It's OK for the pumpkins to look this shabby because once the girls were all done gluing, I was able to brush over their work with another coat of the mod podge.  That top layer of glue soaks right through the thin tissue paper and also gives the pumpkin a nice durable coating on top.


I love these brightly colored pumpkins!  The great thing about them is that they're a great decoration to last clear through Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Spelling tree


A few weeks ago I saw this fabulous idea over at No Time for Flashcards and wanted to use it for the play group I was hosting.  Unfortunately, my group of 3 and 4 year olds didn't want to spend much time on this activity...but when my 3rd grader came home from school she had other plans for the tree.

Lou had plans to use the tree to practice her spelling words.  I quickly made up some paper leaves with her words on them and put them face down in a little pile.

She picked a word at random, read it out loud to me, then had to spell the word without looking at it.  If she was able to spell it correctly, she could attach the leaf to the tree.  If it was incorrect, the word went back into the pile with the other words for her to review again.  I don't think spelling practice has ever been so much fun.

We've still got the tree up on our wall just waiting for more fun learning activities.

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