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Halloween Fun and Games from 1937

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We once attended a Halloween party where the doughnuts were strung on lines from which you had to nibble them. The apples were hung by their stems and were eaten on the fly…The coffee was labeled “witches brew” and ladled out of a big iron kettle. In expensive decorations may be made from cornstalks, pumpkins, old clothes and false faces. ~Rural Progress-1937

Play these friendly Halloween games during folkish celebrations, parties or family get togethers. Involve both the kids and the adults for a folkish good time!

Guess How Many

Fill a jar with candy corn and have guests guess how many are in the jar. (Don’t forget to count as you put them in the jar!) Place the jar near the door and hand each guest a 3×5 card to put their name, their guess and their favorite Halloween candy. Halfway through the party read them all off and announce the winner.

Halloween Memory Game

Place a few themed items such as a candy corn, apple, mini pumpkin etc. on a tray. Show the tray to the guests for a few seconds, then have them write down (or call out) as many items as they remember.

How Many Words

Hand each person a sheet of paper printed out with a Halloween word or phrase such as Haunted House, Trick or Treat, or Scarecrow. Do these on the computer so you can include some small Halloween [...]

Easter Crafts

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Coffee Filter Easter Eggs

Coffee filters, food coloring, straws or eye droppers

Cut coffee filters into oval egg shapes. Fill cups or dishes with 1/4 cup of water, one for each color, and add a few drops of food coloring to each. Use straws or eye droppers to drip colored water onto the egg shapes. Use many different colors for beautiful results!

Footprint Chicks

Yellow *washable* paint, construction paper, crayons or markers, glue, cornmeal.

Paint the bottom of the child’s foot (excluding the toes) with yellow paint and have him step onto a piece of construction paper. You may want to have a wet rag handy to wipe off his foot afterwards! Allow paint to dry, then allow child to add a beak, eyes, and legs to the chick. For a nice touch, have him spread glue at the bottom of the paper and while it is still wet, sprinkle on some cornmeal.

Handprint Lambs

Black construction paper, scissors, cotton balls, glue, white crayon

Trace the child’s hand onto black construction paper and allow them to cut out the shape (younger children may need adults to complete this step). Turn the hand shape upside down, forming the lamb’s body with fingers as ‘legs’ and the thumb as its ‘head’. Have children glue cotton balls onto the ‘body’ and add facial features with the white crayon. Glue onto another piece of paper and draw grass, or display as-is!

Chocolate Easter Bunnies

Cardboard (empty food boxes work well), chocolate pudding

Prepare chocolate [...]

Homemade Yule Ornaments

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All of these projects were done with my four year old with materials we had on hand. We’ve decided that lights will be the only item on our tree that we don’t make ourselves, so last year we started making our own ornaments to decorate our home and tree with. Here is what we’ve done this year, along with photos to supplement my instructions.

Salt Dough Ornaments

2 c flour

½ c salt

¾ c water

Combine in a large bowl until a workable dough forms. Roll out on a smooth surface rather thin, about 1/8 of an inch. Cut out with your favorite cookie cutters; metal ones work the best. Use a straw to poke a hole to hang the ornaments by and transfer to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or very lightly oiled). You may want to smooth the edges gently with your finger for a cleaner look. Bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours and cool on a wire rack. Once cooled completely, paint with tempera or acrylic paints and add a clear coat to finish, if you would like.

Take-Out Tree Topper

I was inspired last night when cleaning up from a take-out dinner; we had two thin aluminum pans that I decided to wash rather than toss into the recycling bin. I trimmed away the edges and using the butt of a screwdriver, I smoothed out the lines while in the metal (with a piece of cardboard underneath). By rubbing [...]

Pictures “Halloween Costumes”

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Natural Egg dyes

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It’s Ostara/Easter time, and we all know what that means- its time to decorate some eggs, my favourite part of spending time in the USA for Ostara was decorating eggs, this wasn’t something we done in Ireland! Here are some fun alternatives to store-bought kits that you can use to create unique Ostara/Easter eggs with items found around the house. Be sure to wash your eggs in warm soapy water before decorating to remove any residue!

Boiling Eggs

To prevent cracking, bring your eggs to room temperature before you boil them. Place your eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and add enough water to cover the eggs, plus an inch or so. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes,then rinse them with cold water.

After decorating, you may give your egg a nice shine with a little vegetable oil and a soft cloth. Be sure to keep in mind if you’d like to eat the eggs afterwards, they should not be out of the refrigerator for over two hours, should not be cracked, and make sure what you are using to colour your eggs is nontoxic.

Natural Egg Dyes

There are two methods of dying with natural ingredients. In some cases, you will boil your egg with the dying agent; for others, you will cook your egg first, then soak it in the dye. To achieve the best results, add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to your liquid when you add the eggs, and [...]

Celebrate the New Year

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MAKE A SCRAPBOOK!

Need a way to pass a rainy day? Why don’t you create a scrapbook for all of your memories?

How you can do it:

Get some supplies:

You’ll need:

A blank scrapbook OR the material to make your own.

If you decide to make your own book, you’ll need: paper thick enough to make the cover and backing (in any size, color or shape you want), paper for the pages on the inside of the book (get enough so that you have enough pages for your book), a hole puncher and some twine, yarn, string or ribbon!

How to construct your blank book:

1. Cut your cover and back to the size you want them. You can make them any shape you want! Square, rectangle, circle…whatever! This is YOUR book!

2. Cut your inside pages 1/2 inch small than the cover all around so that way it’s just like a real scrapbook.

3. Make sure the inside pages are all straight and together, then stack them inside of the cover and backing.

4. Then use your hole punch and punch holes in the sheets. Your book might be too thick to punch all at once, so you might have to do it in sections. If you do, just be careful to line up the holes.

5. Once you’ve got all [...]