Monthly Crafting Book Club for September – Happy Pumpkin Day Mouse

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This book has been a favourite of my family for two years now.  Toddlers just LOVE It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse by Laura Numeroff, same series as if You Take A Mouse To School series.  Between the counting, learning facial features, and pumpkin fun my kids squeal with excitement over this book and make me read it over and over again.  Now that my son is almost two (not till Christmas) he adores this book and yells “eek” and “boo” over and over again.

It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse is the book of the month in the Monthly Crafting Book Club for September.  I formed a group of bloggers after Christmas last year who would be interested in participating in a monthly blog series where we all do a craft or activity based on the same book.  It’s been a great success and I have loved to see what everyone comes up with.  If you think you might be interested in joining us join our Facebook Group HERE and check out the upcoming books to see if you would be interested in joining us.  You are not obligated to participate every month and can pick and choose which ones you want to participate in.

 

Check out our past month’s crafts below:

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

 

This month I choose to do pumpkin faces with my kids, a great way to recognize emotion and teach my son matching.

Materials Needed

  • Orange Paint
  • Empty Egg Carton
  • Sharp knife, paint brushes, etc.
  • Markers
  • It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse Book by Laura Numeroff

Instructions

  • Use a knife to cut apart the egg carton.  I find a knife is easier than scissors, but whatever floats you boat.
  • Next I had my kids paint the egg cartons orange.
  • I let them dry overnight (or maybe two until we had time to come back to it).
  • I took the book and copied the faces of the pumpkins onto our egg carton pumpkins.
  • I gave the kids each a marker and the extra egg shell pumpkins and had them decorate as well.

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Put It All Together

We grabbed the book and the egg carton pumpkins and laid them out on the floor so we could see all the faces.  As we read the book we picked out the pumpkin that matched the emotional pumpkin on the page, usually imitating it ourselves.  “This pumpkin is sad”, we all made sad faces and found the sad pumpkin. We did this for the whole book until we matched all the pumpkin faces to the right page.

 

And repeat!

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The kids loved doing this, it was super easy, they got to get messy (always a favourite), and read a book together which is also fun.  By incorporating a the book with a craft it encourages them to read more, they are more likely to remember it with the craft, and it prolongs the story and makes It more enjoyable for them.  We love reading in this house and I want to foster that love and make it as interactive as possible to further their interest in reading.

 

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Coloured Wax Pumpkin

This is a really fun craft I am using to represent the four elements on my altar.

Coloured Wax Pumpkin - This is super easy and great for teaching kids the quarters and colours. A perfect addition to your Samhain altar.

Grab a pumpkin and four crayons to represent each quarter (blue, yellow, red, and green) and glue them around the pumpkin in the corresponding compass directions (North green, east yellow, south red, west blue) with a glue gun.  Take a blow dryer and melt the crayons.  It’s messy, hot, and splatters, so keep that in mind when choosing your location.

Keep heating the wax until it looks the way you want it.

I also did it with smaller pumpkins making a rainbow out of them.

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Pumpkin Felt Board

After the success of the Autumn Tree felt board I decided to attempt making a pumpkin one for Bee to play with.

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Pumpkin Felt Board - This is the perfect pumpkin themed activity to keep your toddler occupied. This Pumpkin Felt Board also helps your creative toddler practice emotions.

Materials Needed:

  • Cookie sheet (I got mine at dollarama)
  • Base felt (I chose grey)
  • Orange and black felt

Method:

  • Glue the base felt onto the cookie sheet (unless you already have a felt board to use).
  • Cut out the orange in the shape of a pumpkin.
  • Cut the black felt into various shapes to represent eyes, mouth and nose.  Be creative in your shapes!

Now let them at it!  I found it really entertaining how she found even more creative ways to use the pieces.  The used a second pair of eyes to make eyebrows!

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Witches Feet Flower Pot Craft Decoration

I love witches!  Everything witch-related especially crafts are things I like to do.  I thought of these cute little things to make while trying to come up with some crafts to make for a popsicle craft challenge.

Witches Feet Decorations - This Witches Feet Flower Pot Craft Decoration is super easy to make and really cute. A great way to decorate your flower pot or garden.

Supplies Needed:

  1. Fun foam in black
  2. Popsicle sticks
  3. Markers in various colours
  4. Glue gun.

Method:

  1. If you do not have black fun foam you can make it.  Take your fun foam and cut it out into the shape of witches shoes then paint it black.
  2. Grab your markers and popsicle sticks and use the markers to make coloured lines in your desired pattern up and down the sticks.  Try to make the marks identical on each stick as they are supposed to match since they are socks.
  3. Glue the fun foam on the bottom of the sticks.

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Voila!  A cute little craft, easy to make, and would look great in your garden or flower pot.

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Flying Witch Handprint

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As with the footprints, I am really into footprint and handprint art.  I LOVE anything witch related so I was really excited to try and come up with my own version of a Flying Witch Handprint.  If you are crafty I am sure you can do it way better than me, I have a lot of problems with faces.

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Time to Paint

I found everything I needed at the dollar store, paint, canvas, etc.

Using my new knowledge from Po’s painting class I decided to try for a darker blue night-time background.  I dropped a few drops of black and grey scattered over the canvas, then took a moistened sponge and dipped it in blue and lightly smoothed it along the canvas.   I let it dry a few minutes while I prepped for the hand print.

I choose yellow since it is the closest to skin colour and painted Bee’s hand.  Then carefully pressed it onto the canvas and let it dry.  While it was drying I cut some yellow fun foam to make the bottom of a broom and used a glue gun to glue it on a popsicle stick then glued the popsicle stick on the canvas, between two fingers to make it seem like they were legs and she was flying on a broom.

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I cut some fun foam into the shape of a hat, then made a separate oval for the brim of the witches hat to give it more depth.  I painted on a stripe and buckle to make it look more like a witches hat.  I added on some pointed witches shoes then attempted the face.  At first I tried with a sharpie to draw it on, but it looked awful.  So I painted yellow over it again and tried to keep it more basic with just a dot for the eye and a mouth, I also gave her some hair to make it seem more head-like.

Lastly I stippled on some white clouds to seem like the sky and I was done.

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Witch Footprint

I have been recently taking a super cute painting class with Po where we make a different footprint painting on canvas each week to bring home.  I absolutely adore all these little baby feet crafts we make and I find them kind of addictive.  I wanted to try and come up with some related witch footprint crafts.  I am not the most crafty so fair warning they are not the prettiest out there but I tried to be creative!

Witch Footprint - Halloween is the perfect time to make crafts with your littles & display their adorable little feet prints all over! Try out this Witch Footprint craft   I found everything I needed at the dollar store, paint, canvas, etc.

Using my new-found expertise I decided to try for a darker blue night-time background.  I dropped a few drops of black and grey scattered over the canvas, then took a moistened sponge and dipped it in blue and lightly smoothed it along the canvas.   I let it dry a few minutes while I prepped for the foot print.

 

WARNING:  Toddlers always manage to cover everything in paint no matter how careful you are.

I took off her pants and had her sit on a chair, easy access to her foot and hopefully she can sit still long enough to do it!  I painted her foot green (she picked the colour).  She is super ticklish so she giggled and wiggled, getting paint all over both legs, feet, and me.  I stood her up and carefully pressed her foot down for the footprint.  Immediately washing her off, and still paint everywhere!  She had fun though.

I used some popsicle sticks to make a witches hat and then painted on some extra details, hat, buckles, dress, shoes, face, ground, fire, etc.  Be creative!  Embellish with what you like to see.

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Five Friday Favourites #9 – Non-Scary Halloween Movies

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It’s Halloween season!  Time for spooky stories, horror movies, witches, goblins, vampires, ghosts, zombies, etc.  At least for most people. I like non-scary Halloween movies as I am not a big fan of scary stuff, I watch some stuff to push the envelope, but in no way like horror movies.  It can be hard to find some movies to get you in the Halloween mood that don’t terrify you and give you nightmares.  Granted a lot of these did my first viewing, but its a lot easier now to watch them.

Here are my Five Friday Favourite Movie’s to get us in the Halloween spirit.

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Pom Pom Pumpkin Craft

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My daughter is really into pumpkins right now.  We made a two-stage pumpkin paper plate craft to go with the pumpkin theme.

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First we painted it orange then let it dry.  I let her do it her way so the plate looks just like a toddler painted it (aka tons of white spots), but she did it herself and that was more important to me.

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After letting it dry, we practiced more painting skills by painting glue on the plate, then sticking orange pom poms on it.  After she was tired of gluing, she picked a ribbon for the leaf and helped me twist a brown pipe cleaner to use as the stem.

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What are your favourite pom pom crafts?  Are you gearing up for pumpkin season too?

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