Travel back in time with this activity!
|3-D Halloween Scene by Fran W.|
A 3-D scene, or a diorama, is a creative way to express an idea, thought, experience, or tell a story. They can be made very simply or very complicated and detailed. They can also be interactive, stationary, or somewhere in between! It’s all up to you.
This may include: A shoe box, a recycled box, a 1 gallon milk/water jug, milk/juice carton, cereal box, a jar, an old foam pumpkin, etc.
What will your scene be about?
- Paint the background: Is it day or night? Where does the scene take place? Park, woods, a graveyard, a pumpkin patch, etc.
- Paint or cover the bottom: Leaves, grass, dirt, sand, gravel, gravestones, pumpkins, etc.
- Make your own figures: Use chenille stems, toothpicks, wire, etc.
- Use Halloween themed stickers, clipart, or pictures from a magazine/flyer.
- Use string or thread to hang things down from the top.
- Make pumpkins out of pom-poms.
- Make gravestones from recycled cereal/cracker boxes.
Click on either of these links. One will take you to the website, ‘Storm The Castle’ and the other to the project.
Enchanted Learning: Dioramas
There are a few examples of dioramas on this page.
|Easter Eggs with a Hidden Surprise Inside by Fran W|
To make the Easter egg with a surprise inside, you will need…
An oval, an outline of a chick, rabbit, or duck (available below), craft supplies including scissors, construction paper, a brad, glue, stickers, feathers and any other craft supplies you think you may need.
What to do…
|What’s inside our Easter Eggs by Fran W|
Cut an oval out of construction paper, and make a chick, rabbit, or duck out of basic shapes, or use the template provided below by printing it on cardstock paper, cutting it out, and using it as a pattern to trace around.
Cut the egg in half so that it resembles a crack.
Make a way for your egg to open so that it reveals what’s hidden inside it.
|Rear View of Egg|
One way is to cut a piece of paper 1 inch long and 1/2 inch wide to connect the top and bottom of the egg together on the back. The one side will need to be glued or taped into place, and the other will act as the hinge so that it can open and close freely. Trim the paper so that it can’t to be seen from the front.
Suggestions for decorating the front of your egg…
Let the front of your egg tell a story about what’s hidden inside!
Once you’ve chosen what animal you want to put inside your egg, think about where it may be hanging out and use construction paper, stickers, or draw a hint on the outside.
A duck may be hanging out in a pond, lake, marsh, river, etc..
A rabbit may be hiding in a garden, a field full of flowers, a burrow, a grassy meadow, the forest, etc..
A chick may be in a field, on a farm, in a basket.
You may decide to decorate the outside of your egg any way you want with your Easter animal hidden inside or design a scene with your animal on the outside of your egg.
Another option is to make a bunch of flowers and have them popping out of the egg with some butterflies and bees around it.
Have fun being creative!
|Template for Medium Egg by Fran W|
|Hand and foot reindeer with lights by Fran W.|
Santa is looking for a reindeer to help pull his sleigh on Christmas Eve! You can help by creating a reindeer for Santa’s famous Christmas Eve journey!
To make the reindeer above, you will need:
Your hand, construction paper, a shoe, markers or crayons, scissors, glue, pom-pom, and googly eyes
Optional reindeer making items: Glitter, paper punches, stencils, bathroom tissue tube, paper bag, craft sticks, clothes pins, milk carton, paper plate, paper, paint and paint brushes, etc.
For more reindeer making ideas, please visit Artists Helping Children
How to make the reindeer in the picture above:
- To make the face – Trace a shoe onto construction paper and cut it out.
- To make antlers – Fold a piece of construction paper in half, trace your hand onto the construction paper with a marker, and cut them out. You should have two hand cut-outs once you are finished.
- Glue the antlers behind the top of the head and add facial features such as eyes, nose (pom-pom), and a mouth.
- Add extras such as eye lashes, eye brows, hair, a bow or a bow tie, ears, glasses, lights, and any other features you can think of.
|Hand reindeer by Zach V.|
Alternate reindeer: Cover a bathroom tissue paper tube with construction paper, trace and cut out your hands for the antlers, cut slits on either side of the tube, and slide the antlers in. The antlers may need to be trimmed a bit on the bottom to fit in the tube correctly. Glue the bottom of the hands together and use the rest of the tube for the reindeer’s face.
- If your reindeer is a male or a female.
- What its name is.
- How old it is.
Now, think about the special qualities your reindeer will need in order to join Santa’s team for a Christmas Eve adventure!
- Is your reindeer: Smart, funny, serious, friendly, silly, shy, quiet, happy, fast, slow, clever, strong, etc.
- What is special about your reindeer? Does it glow somewhere, does it run fast, can it fly?
Santa is taking applications for his reindeer team!
When one of Santa’s reindeers want to take the year off, he will be looking through his applications and choosing the reindeer needed to step in!
Write, draw, or record a message telling Santa why your reindeer should be chosen to fill in for a member of his team.
Be sure to let Santa know if your reindeer:
- Is a relative of Santa’s current team.
- Likes elves.
- Enjoys listening to jingle bells.
- Can work nights and holidays.
- Gets along well with other reindeer.
Don’t forget to tell Santa how and where your reindeer learned how to do the amazing things it can do!
Leave the information out for Santa to view on Christmas Eve, and one year he or she may be chosen to go on a wonderful adventure!
Learning more about reindeer.
|Twist balloon pumpkin by Fran W.|
We enjoy decorating our home for the fall holidays each year and this year we decided to incorporate twist balloons into our holiday because they can be turned into so many creative things!
We are planning to make…
Pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, cats, turkeys, a cornucopia, and anything else we can think of at the time and want to try.
We want to make sure everyone can participate in decorating the house, so we made a very simple pumpkin with the balloons.
If you would like to make a simple twist balloon pumpkin, you will need…
A package of twist balloons and a hand held balloon pump
Optional: A small balloon to place inside the pumpkin, and a scissor
Tip: Twist balloons can be purchased in a party store.
What to do…
If you need some basic twisting lessons, you can view the following 1:36 minute video, ‘Kids Learn Balloon Twist’.
– Stretch 2 twist balloons. Fill the balloon you plan to use for the body full of air (I used orange), leaving some room at the tip, and then tie the end off. The second balloon, acting as the stem (I used green), only needs a small amount of air.
Optional: A small regular balloon can be filled and set side.
– Using the orange balloon, fold it in half evenly, find the center, and twist the middle a few times to keep it in place. You will have two sides.
– Fold the two sides evenly in half again, find the center, and twist them together a few times to keep the fold in place. You should have 4 equal lengths of balloon.
– To form the body, bring all the sides together so that they form an oval, tie the loose ends to one another and tuck them into the folds to hide them. The tied end will act as the top of the pumpkin.
The stem can be attached one of two ways:
1. Twist the non-inflated part of the green balloon, closest to the filled side, around and through the top of the pumpkin body until tight, and tie it off.
2. Alternately, the long non-inflated part of the balloon can be twisted around and through the top a couple of times, brought down through the middle of the body, wrapped around the bottom of the pumpkin, and the extra length hidden in the folds, or tied off.
A small balloon can be place in the center of the pumpkin body if the middle is left open.
Tip: If the non-inflated part of the balloon stem is too long, tie it off and snip off the excess with a scissor.
When we need a little inspiration, a quick search on YouTube usually produces what we need.
To make the following twist balloon Halloween decorations, you will need:
Twist and regular balloons, pump (optional but very helpful!), permanent marker, yarn or string for hanging, and scissors
This 4:15 minute video will show you how to make a pumpkin that is fuller than the one suggested above.
The video will show you how to make a cute ghost bracelet. You will need a water balloon for the head of this ghost and twist balloons for the body and connecting bracelet.
Roman numerals may not be used as often as they once were, but they are still used in a variety of ways and can offer up a fun challenge for the day!
Print out this handy Roman numerals chart to use as a quick reference.
Roman Numeral Converter – New
Type in a number or Roman numeral to convert it one way or the other.
How well do you know Roman numerals? Play to find out!
|Eggshell Flowers by Fran W|
|Painted eggshells by Fran W|
Method # 1
If you are using clean, raw eggshell halves, cover your work area with newspaper and use watercolor paint or food dye to color the inside and outside of each half with a paint brush. Place each painted half on a flat baking sheet that has been covered with aluminum foil, and place in a 250 degree oven for about 2 – 3 minutes to dry them. When they cool down, crush the shells up and place like-colors into plastic zip-top bags or in small containers with a lid for easy storage.
Note: To make sorting easier, consider painting each eggshell with only one color at a time, or color the inside one color, and the outside another.
Tip: White eggshells can be colored with food coloring. To do this, put a 1/2 tsp of vinegar into a cup along with a little water, and a few drops of food coloring, and mix with a craft stick. Add the eggshells and mix again. In 30 minutes, remove eggshells from the cup, and place them on a paper towel or newspaper to dry for a few hours or overnight.
lue dries, paint over the egg shells.
– Make a colorful eggshell collage rather than a drawing.
– Make textured cards with the eggshells.
– Make small eggshell creations on paper and glue a magnet behind it.
– Glue your eggshells onto recycled yogurt or sour cream containers and use them as planters. When you are finished with your egg shells, sprinkle them around the top of the soil of your new planter.
Tip: Eggshells give nutrients back to the soil! Compost or place leftover shells, that you are not planning to use for another project, around your favorite plant or tree outside!
You will find a variety of eggshell related projects on this page
|Cauldron by Fran W.|
Have you decided what you are going to do this Halloween? Do you know where you are going, who you are going with and what you are going to do?
- Movie character
- Cartoon character
- A costume you think looks great, weird, cute, etc. (this may require more than one picture each!)
- All the candy you get
- Your trick or treat container
- Your family members
- People you went trick or treating with
- A spooky scene
- Tombstone or graveyard
- Haunted house
- Colored lights
- A great looking yard scene
- Something unusual (this may require more than one picture too!)
- Create a slid show or a movie with music and narration
- Design digital scrapbook pages
- Make a digital journal entry
- Write a blog post about the day on a personal blog
- Create a digital book with captions
- Scrapbook pages
- Journal entries
- Your own illustrate Halloween book
- A slide show
- A picture collage
- Decide how big to make your book. Use a full page of construction paper for a large book or make a small book by folding construction paper in half, or in quarters, and cut the page along the creases.
- Pop 3 or more holes on the side of each page – make sure all the holes line up.
- Choose the pictures you are going to use for your book. If you only want or need certain parts of a picture, cut it down to suit your needs. You can also cut your pictures into shapes.
- Decide how you want each page to look. Will you want to decorate each page with markers, crayons, stamps, graphics, and/or stickers? Will you need to do that right away or when the pictures are in?
- Design your pages: How will you put your pictures on the page? Will you group your pictures on a page or use only one picture per page? You may also choose to put lined paper on half of the page so you can write your story or explain what’s happening in the picture. Don’t glue or tape anything down until you are sure you like the way it looks!
- When you like the pages the way they are, glue or tape everything down. For the neatest look use, a glue stick (acid-free if possible), glue dots, photo tabs, or double stick tape to do this.
- Make and design a front and back cover for your book. Cut your pages, put holes in them – make sure they line up with the other pages – and title your book. Think about doing something with the back cover too.
- Put your book together. Once you like what you have done, and all the pages have dried, put your book together in the right order, making sure the holes line up, and sew the yarn/ribbon through the holes or tie off each hole with a bow.
|Image by digitalart
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Begin by thinking of as many spooky sounds as you can. If you need help, here are some suggestions:
A ghost moaning, bat screeching, wolf or coyote howling, door creaking, howling wind, hissing cat, screeching owl, squeaking mouse, creaking tree, scream, weird laugh, thunder, groan, roar, tree scraping the window, door slamming, leaves swirling in the breeze, crow cawing, a rodent scurrying, owl hooting, water dripping, rain falling, and anything else you can think of!
Create your sentence or story…..
– Think of a sentence or a story that has sound-words in it.
– Write, draw, or record it so that you can remember it for later.
Here’s one example of a spooky sentence:
One dark windy night, an owl swooped down and caught a mouse.
Sound-Words add description…
Sound-words add descriptive detail to a sentence or story. This allows the reader or listener to become more involved in what is being said, and it makes what you are saying much more interesting!
How to add sound effects to your sentence or story…..
Professional sound effect artists make sounds by using everyday objects and noises and so can you!
Here are a few of the things you can use to make sound effects:
Kitchen utensils, doors, leaves, gravel, sand, chairs, your hands, mouth, rubber band, bowls, cups, garbage can, scissors, ruler, plastic, fan, fruits and veggies, balloons, and anything else you can think of!
Here is an example of how these objects can be used:
Horse walking – clap clean coconut halves together
Howling wind – release air slowly from a zip-top bag
Fire crackling – crumple a piece of cellophane
Animal screeching – let air out of a balloon
Thunder – wiggle a metal cookie sheet
Swooping sound – whip a piece of rope through the air
Squeak – a toy that squeaks or a mouth noise
Scream – balloon with a hexnut inside
Our example above would look like this….
One dark windy night (wind howling), an owl (screeching sound) swooped down (swooping sound) and caught a mouse (squeak).
When you’re ready to retell it:
– Have someone in the background making the sounds on cue.
– Record sounds in sequence so that they go off when they are supposed to, while the story is being told.
– Pre-record your sentence or story complete with sounds and play it back for others to hear.
Note: If you decide to use a computer to create your story, there are websites that offer downloadable sound effects. You can also use a movie maker program to help you create your story.
Warning: Parental supervision is advised when downloading anything off the Internet.
Sound Effects Information:
Partners in Rhyme
Downloadable sound effects; some are free, some are not.
Offers an A-W list of sounds and how they are made.
Let’s Get Creative
Tips for making sound effects
More information about “Sound Effects” can be found on the Fran’s World Yahoo! Group, it’s free to join and open to everyone!
The image used was from: digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
|Pom-Pom Shooter by Fran W.|
Here’s a great way to turn simple items into a fun activity!
Toilet paper tube, 12″ balloon, packing or duct tape, scissor, pom-poms, a large container and recycled plastic water bottles or yogurt containers
Optional items: A measuring tape, paper, and pencil
- Cut off the top of a balloon, new or recycled
- Put one end of the tube into the balloon – leave a few inches at the bottom for shooting.
- Tape the balloon into place.
- Put a pom-pom into the open end of the tube and shoot it out by pulling back on the balloon.
The object of the activity is to try and get the pom-poms into a container or shoot them across the room and measure how far they go. My family has a great time with this activity!
Before we begin playing, we talk about the dangers of shooting people and pets and prohibit the shooting of sharp and/or hard objects; the shooter is meant to be a fun toy not a weapon.
Here are some of the things we like to do…
- Shoot pom-poms across the room, into containers, and at various targets. My youngest child (age 2.5 at the time), quickly figured out how to use the shooter and played right along with us!
- Using 5 pom-poms each, we shoot them into a large container one at a time, and keep track of each one that makes it in with tally marks (llll). After 3 tries for each player, we count our tally marks by 1’s, 5’s or some other agreed upon number.
- Shoot light objects out of the device such as: ping-pong balls, aluminum foil balls, paper balls, etc.
- Use a tape measure to see how far some of the items go and write down the results of each shot.
- Stack recycled yogurt containers or water bottles and knocked them down with ping-pong balls.
- Shoot more than one pom-pom at a time to see what happens.
- Ask questions, predict what may happen, experiment, observe, compare results, find answers and track results.
- If you need to keep track of what you do for educational purposes, you can take a picture of the device and write a caption under it or print out this page and make a list of the activities you did on the back of the page along with the educational value of each activity.
- It may be fun to keep track of the distance of each shot on graph paper.
- You can also date your score page and add it to a math and science folder.
Natural Benefits: This is a science-based experiment, physics in nature. If players ask, “what if” questions, try to predict what may happen, experiment, observe, compare results, find and track results, they are working on the scientific method.
When score keeping is added, it turns into a fun-based math activity.
This is also a fun way to repurpose!