October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Sensory Challenge

October's Child-led Sensory Challenge is a Pumpkin! I knew this was going to be interesting for us since I avoid cutting open pumpkins because. Cannot stand their gooey insides. But this was child led, so I figured I could cut the top off and let them go for it. 

They were super excited to take the top off the pumpkin and see all the seeds and ick inside. If all we were doing was observing they would have loved it, but then I told them to go ahead and stick their hands in it.

Hahahaha....I was met with "it smells like stinky cheese" by the 3 year old who I am pretty sure has never smelled stinky cheese and "it's too slimy" by the 7 year old. Ok, good to know my feelings about pumpkin guts are shared by my kids, and they are not missing out when we don't carve pumpkins!

After staring at it for a while they decided to approach it with shovels and spoons. 

Then they decided the opening wasn't big enough for them all, so they tried cutting it with a spoon. They probably would have made it if I had let them try long enough (although we may still be out there), but I rescued them with a knife. Now they could all dig in the pumpkin!

They succeeded in digging out pretty big chunks of the flesh as well as all the seeds!

After the pumpkin was pretty well demolished all over the driveway, they were done. I was excited we finally found a sensory activity that doesn't require vehicles or ponies to be added! Then the girls collected a bunch of the seeds that they wanted to try to plant; hopefully we remember them in the spring!

To read more about the Child-led Sensory Bin Challenges head over to Little Bins for Little Hands!

To see how my kids reacted to the other challenges we participated in; visit the links below:

How do your kids react to pumpkin guts? Are there any other textures that bother them?

October 28, 2014

Food that is Frightfully Delicious from Mom's Library

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Kids Activities Blog made some adorable Quesadilla Mummies!

PreK Pages has great snack ideas for a Classroom (or any other) Party!

The Taylor House featured a great collection of Monster Cookies!

Ceeriolala created some healthy Witch Poop Cookies!

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Moms and Munchkins made some adorable Vampire Cake Pops!

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October 26, 2014

Poppin's Book Nook - Beyond Our Planet and Moon Craters

It is time again for Poppin's Book Nook and this month is taking us out of our own world to places Beyond Our Planet! Since we are studying astronomy this year we have read a lot of books about space! 

One of our favorite fiction books that takes us out of this world is Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice! Skippy's imagination takes him to Mars which he pretends is covered in chili powder and is home to green martians, one of which looks like him! We didn't do a specific activity to go with this book, but I couldn't help but mention it!

Another book we have read a couple times in the past week is One Giant Leap. This is a non-fiction book about the first men on the moon. Although we know the story is try it is still amazing, and the paintings in the book are gorgeous too! 

One Giant Leap even talks about how the surface of the moon is dusty, so footprints are left on it. We also know craters are left on it from the impacts of asteroids. So we decided to make some craters of our own. 

I started with a bin filled with cloud dough (8 cups flour and 1 cup vegetable oil) and tried to flatten it as much as possible . I went with cloud dough rather then straight flour because I didn't want huge dust clouds! 

Then we started dropping different size marble as well as some abnormally shaped rocks in the cloud dough to see the impressions left behind!

The kids really got into holding their asteroids as high as possible and dropping them into the cloud dough. I was surprised how interested they were in it. They didn't even think to make footprints in the dust too (thank goodness)!

The end result was a ton of craters! Luckily once we returned to this world, we didn't have a huge mess to clean up!  

We were also fortunate to see the total lunar eclipse a couple weeks ago as well!

For more fun Beyond Our Planet head over to Enchanted Homeschooling Mom to print out this months lapbook!

Beyond Our Planet Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a bundle of fun for the theme of Beyond Our Planet.  This bundle will include a copy of the storybookThe Moon Book by Gail Gibbons and a Space& Astronauts Bucket Playset.

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.  
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Make sure you visit the other fabulous Poppin's Book Nook Bloggers to see where they headed this month! Then come back and link up your own amazing posts that take you Beyond Our Planet!

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

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